Work Your Walks

February 3, 2016

Because west coast swing is a two-beat dance, play happens in two-beat units. So, if you can fill two-beat units with stylized movement, you can look good while you or your partner play. There are ...

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Footwork

Most dancers move too much. When dancers take steps that are too large, they can run out of room at the end of the slot; either the anchor, posture, or frame will suffer. They can also struggle dan...

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Footwork

Many dancers struggle to roll through their feet. Especially when the music gets fast, it’s easy to dance flat-footed or fall through the foot so quickly that the roll gets lost. Most footwork exer...

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The general rule for west coast swing is that you should not have two bent knees unless you are deliberately creating a level change. Learning to work through a straight leg on every step will impr...

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Footwork

Learn foot articulation

February 25, 2015

One of the earliest techniques that WCS dancers need to learn is rolling through the feet. Good foot articulation not only makes your dancing look smoother and more controlled, but it also enables ...

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Great WCS dancers create body flight by pushing off of the floor on each step. Beginning dancers tend to reach for each step instead, which takes away from the power of the movement. In this exerci...

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One of the characteristics of west coast swing is the away connection on the anchor. But, many beginner dancers misinterpret what an away connection is, and so their upper bodies pitch back. Instea...

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Using Your Sending Foot

January 15, 2014

Watch some videos of great dancers, and you’ll notice that the all seem to project through space. If you want to learn that same kind of intentional movement, you need to start using your sending f...

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Footwork

Are your knees sore after dancing? If you want to dance for a long time—whether all night long or for the rest of your life—you need to take care of your body. Unfortunately, it’s easy to stres...

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Footwork

Dancers put a lot of stress on their feet, and foot injuries are common. Would you like to keep your feet healthy? With just a little bit of background in your foot physiology, you can not only imp...

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Footwork

In WCS, it is common for footwork to go off of the track. In order to make that footwork look good, it is important to single track when coming back into the slot. The general principle from any op...

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Single Tracking

February 13, 2013

Single tracking refers to the relative placement of the feet while progressing down the slot. In general, the heels of the feet should remain in a straight line, as if you were walking on a balance...

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Footwork: Applejacks

January 9, 2013

Applejacks are footwork variations that look very busy and groovy at the same time. This drill will help you learn to do applejacks. The Drill: Stand with your feet about hip width apart and your t...

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Footwork

One of the keys to tight-looking, clean, and fast footwork is keeping the footwork small. Dancing with your feet far apart makes it easy to end up in ugly split-weight positions, and it also makes ...

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Footwork