what is wcs?
/west coast swing
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. In contrast to Lindy or East Coast Swing, WCS is generally danced in a "slot," such that the two partners maintain their orientations to the walls of the dance space.
Two important characteristics of WCS are the use of a stretched connection at the end of each pattern and the use of compression in some of the patterns. In addition, both the leader and the follower (who can be of any gender) contribute to the dance through improvisation as inspired by the music.
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WCS can be danced to a wide variety of music, including blues, R & B, contemporary pop, and jazz. The music can also vary in tempo and feel, from slow and lyrical to fast and energetic. There's no other form of dance quite like it!
Our backgrounds in ballet, contemporary dance, and ballroom dance provide us with a unique perspective on WCS technique. We really enjoy sharing our love and knowledge of WCS with our students!
Here's last year's International West Coast Swing Flashmob / Rally, danced at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC! Be sure to watch through to the end to see some great photos.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped. We had so much fun! 🙂
Starting Sunday, July 24, Mané and Roger will be teaching weekly lessons for the 2022 West Coast Swing Rally / Flashmob! Click here for more information!
Watch this video to see highlights of Flashmobs from previous years:
Organizers and Instructors: Roger Plaut and Mané Rebelo-Plaut
Choreography: Olivier and Virginie Massart
Music: “Butter” by BTS (Bangtan official)
Mané and Roger
Bailey and Heikell
Patti and Toni
Katie and Billy
Roberta and David
Jennifer and Michael
Not shown: Janet, Leigh, Edwin, Linda, Phil, Wendy
Videography: Roger, Leigh, Renaud, Sarah-Kay
Photography: Leigh, William, Sarah-Kay
Video and photo editing: Roger and Mané
Thank you: Dave, Casey (Dance Jam Productions) and Hollywood Ballroom
While we are not able to social dance during this pandemic, we can reach out to each other in different ways.
We are happy to share this video with you, hoping to bring you some happiness!
"Together in Dance" Featuring West Coast Swing dancers and instructors from the Washington, DC, area
Original song by Bob Marley, "Three Little Birds"
Artist: NuChoyce (Markus Smith)
Free download link: www.nuchoyce.bandcamp.com
Concept and Production: Roger Plaut and Mané Rebelo-Plaut
Dancers: Lemery and Gregory Rollinscott, Dave Moldover, Casey Daniels, Mandy Fried, Erica Smith, Ed Cottrell, Dawn Blorstad Garrish, Gail Crum, Chris Tuey, Lauren Anikis, Carmichael Tavora, Markus Smith, Tren Veal, Lara Deni, David Herrin, Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina, Jeff Steffanina, Laura Watkins, Steve Wilder, Ashritha Mohan Ram, Stefano Stratakis, Margie Tuttle, Curt Kothera, Mané Rebelo-Plaut, Roger Plaut, Kiona Leah, David Modlin, Robyn Walker, Mitch Torton, Steve Johns, Ken Roesel
Facebook version: https://www.facebook.com/maneandroger/videos/193202184986989/
"It's only temporary. Every little thing gonna be all right."
Washington, DC, Virtual International Flashmob West Coast Swing 2020