West Coast Swing Past Present and Future

The history of west coast swing can help us understand where it’s going in the future. In this interview with dance historian Forrest Outman we tackle a bit of the past, present and future of west coast swing. This was our second interview with Forrest. The first one tackled the history of west coast swing where todays chat asks important questions about our future. Listen to the first interview here.

What’s happening to West Coast Swing today?

Are the changes happening for the better? Or are they ruining the dance we love?

I sat down with Dance Historian Forrest Outman to get a perspective on the history of other dance forms to give us some perspective on the changes happening to West Coast Swing.

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We tackle some important topics:

  • What happens to a dance form that ignores it’s roots?
  • What happens to a dance that embraces it’s roots?
  • What influences a dance to change?
  • What is the best thing that has come from the evolution of WCS?
  • Who are Dean Collins & Skippy Blair ?
  • How did West Coast Swing get it’s name?
  • When should West Coast Swing undergo a name change?
  • And lot, lots more…

Watch my first interview with Forrest HERE

3 thoughts on “West Coast Swing Past Present and Future”

  1. Absolutely loved this interview! I feel like it has opened up my mind to being more accepting of my own dancing, as well as others. The music, as well as our ages, personalities, and perspectives really does inform the dance expression! Thank you so much!

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  2. Thanks for posting this interview. It validated a lot of things I’ve been noticing about the West Coast Swing world. For me, I think I’m sticking to the basics as they were when I learned them from Ray Fox – guess that’s a bit old fashioned now, but it works for me. Happy dancing!

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