Connection rocks. Good connection in west coast swing is what makes dance feel amazing. Like all social, lead-follow dances, west coast swing depends on connection to make the dance work, and the highest levels of the dance are made possible through the magic of connection. And it is magic—the experience of a great connection can leave you weak in the knees, with a sense of euphoria.
Dancers who connect well are in high demand on any dance floor.
Not only does a good connection feel amazing, but well-connected dancers can do things during the dance that simply are not possible for pattern-based dancers.
Play relies on connection in order to set up the moment and to get back into the dance.
Connected dancers can create moves on the fly based on what they are feeling from their partner. And connection is what makes it possible for one dancer to share what they are hearing in the music with their partner.
The goal of this series is to de-mystify the connection in west coast swing so that you can make your own magic on the dance floor.
There are dozens of theories of how connection should work in our dance.
The approach I would recommend to you is to try to learn them all.
At the end of the day, every method of connection gives you a tool to use, and each tool can be useful in specific situations.
So, explore with an open mind, and see just how amazing the dance can become!
West Coast Swing Connection Resources
Learn to connect away (leverage/tension)
Learn to connect towards (compression)
Better connection through better footwork
Dancing within your frame for leaders/followers
The Anchor Step
Stretching the Anchor Step (Stretching the &a1)
Master your sugar push (push break)
The art of stretching – learning the arc of momentum
Learn stretch & release in your connection (solo & partnered)
Lead & Follow Concepts
How to maintain constant connection
3 Keys to better lead & follow
Lead/Follow from the wrong hand
Learn to match your partners connection
Improve your styling – w/ center separation