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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Un-Syncopate Your Triple

December 16, 2015

Many dancers habitually syncopate their triples. Instead of dancing 3&4, they dance &3, 4. While there’s nothing wrong with a syncopation when done intentionally, doing it all the time is a bad hab...

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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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Transitional Weight

October 21, 2015

Transitional weight is a concept that describes a common led syncopation. The basic idea is that a dancer takes the first two steps of a triple, but the third step remains unweighted—usually in a...

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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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Peeling the Feet

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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Footwork

One of the keys to a strong, confident appearance is having your feet turned out. Feet that are turned in look weak, and parallel feet can look turned in from the wrong angle. That’s why WCS pros c...

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Using Your Sending Foot

January 15, 2014

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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...

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Turnout From the Hip

January 8, 2014

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

Turnout in Any Position

October 23, 2013

“Keep your feet turned out” is as close to an absolute rule as WCS has. Yet remembering to keep your feet turned out during fancy footwork is hard. How can you train your feet to stay turned out in...

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Footwork

The Foot Tripod

September 25, 2013

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