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FAQs

What is West Coast Swing?

WCS is an exciting and fun street dance that is danced to the smooth sounds of contemporary music. It has its pedigree in Lindy Hop and has morphed over the years to be an exciting “street dance”. If you want to see West Coast Swing in action, there are some links below. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about West Coast Swing on our full website (for PCs and tablets). If you do not find an answer to your question there please contact us.

What is Audacity’s nightly dance class

format?

7:15 - 7:30: Arrive, register and warm up 7:30 - 8:20: Intro to WCS - Beginner level 8:20 - 9:00: Social dancing 9:00 - 9:45: Continuing level class 9:45 - 10:00: Social dancing
Links to Aussie and Kiwi West Coast Swing schools are found here. In the meantime, here are a couple of links to professional dancers doing choreographed routines, and some “off the cuff” dancing - i.e completely un-choreographed. 1. Sam and Matt - regulars at Audacity doing workshops. Simply the best! 2. Jordan and Tatiana - this pairing create some unbelievable choreography. Great to watch. 3. Kyle and Sarah - we love this choreographed routine - it ishows WCS to various music styles. 4. Ben and Victoria improvised dancing. 5. The Big Mahn - John Lindo dancing with Janelle Guido. John shows that any person can be a great WCS dancer. 6. Here is a link to Audacity students performing at Stomp Charity dance event. 7. Here are two of Australia’s best - Zac Skinner and Maddie Platts performing at Best of the Best in Sydney.

What about the music?

West Coast Swing is danced to modern pop songs as well as Blues and R&B music in the 80 to 120 beats per minute (BPM) range. It incorporates many playful components emphasising a certain “coolness” in the way each person moves. Partners in this style are renowned for their playful interaction with each other. If you have Spotify, there are some excellent WCS playlists put together by ItsAllSwing broken down by BPM.

What if I am a single male or female?

We rotate our classes so you get to meet lots of people and not get stuck with just one partner. You see, West Coast is a social dance, intended to be improvised with a variety of partners, like mingling at a party. The benefit is that you get to interact and meet new people in a completely safe environment.

What if I've got 2 left feet?

Didn't we all at one stage? Our instructors get you over that awkward feeling with fun classes and practical tips.

How can I get my boyfriend to dance?

He may probably feel self conscious about not being good at it right away. Then again, did anyone get a game of chess, tennis or any activity first up? Everyone has to start somewhere. Our approach gives new starters a low cost entry fee will appeal to the pocket and our fun classes will overcome self consciousness. Our classes are friendly and non-judgemental. We want to grow our community!

Won’t my friends laugh at me?.

This is a question asked by guys looking for an out. Girls love the idea of dancing with a man who knows how to move on the dance floor. And that can be you in as little as 4 or 5 lessons!

Seriously, is it hard to learn to dance?

Actually ‘No.’ Like any physical activity, you need to achieve muscle memory and that takes a few weeks no matter what style of dance you choose. The West Coast techniques are different from other partner dances, but not harder. All of the techniques are based in sound bio-mechanical principles so the dance is meant to feel natural and ergonomic. This should make it easy right from day one. If it's a struggle for you, switch instructors.

Do I need a partner?

Not at all! We rotate partners during classes and so the night is very social and relaxed. We have an efficient technique to ensure you get maximum dance time and quality teaching. However, we encourage you to work within your own social circles to spread the word and promote learning to dance West Coast.

What clothes and shoes should I wear to a class?

Comfortable fitting clothes and smooth soled shoes (leather or suede bottoms).

Where Can I see WCS in action?

Come along and watch at an an Audacity dance class. You are welcome any time. Also, there are many West Coast Swing videos on You Tube. A lot are of the West Coast Swing Pros. Just type “West Coast Swing” into the search box.
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FAQs

What is West Coast

Swing?

WCS is an exciting and fun street dance that is danced to the smooth sounds of contemporary music. It has its pedigree in Lindy Hop and has morphed over the years to be an exciting “street dance”. If you want to see West Coast Swing in action, there are some links below. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions about West Coast Swing on our full website (for PCs and tablets). If you do not find an answer to your question there please contact us.

What is Audacity’s nightly dance class

format?

7:15 - 7:30: Arrive, register and warm up 7:30 - 8:20: Intro to WCS - Beginner level 8:20 - 9:00: Social dancing 9:00 - 9:45: Continuing level class 9:45 - 10:00: Social dancing
Links to Aussie and Kiwi West Coast Swing schools are found here. In the meantime, here are a couple of links to professional dancers doing choreographed routines, and some “off the cuff” dancing - i.e completely un-choreographed. 1. Sam and Matt - regulars at Audacity doing workshops. Simply the best! 2. Jordan and Tatiana - this pairing create some unbelievable choreography. Great to watch. 3. Kyle and Sarah - we love this choreographed routine - it ishows WCS to various music styles. 4. Ben and Victoria improvised dancing. 5. The Big Mahn - John Lindo dancing with Janelle Guido. John shows that any person can be a great WCS dancer. 6. Here is a link to Audacity students performing at Stomp Charity dance event. 7. Here are two of Australia’s best - Zac Skinner and Maddie Platts performing at Best of the Best in Sydney.