News & Articles

Q&A: Everything you ever wanted to know about an All-Star WCS dancer

July 7, 2017

Recently, I had an interesting online conversation with a new-to-West Coast Swing dancer whom I met at a dance event. He had many questions for me, and with his help, we’ve turned that conversation into this Q&A.

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How to Give a Beginner a GREAT Dance

June 22, 2017

A new dancer is the most precious of all. If you can make one feel comfortable and like they had fun, then you’ll improve your whole dance community. If you don’t know really how to do that, I’m writing this to help you out.

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Give Yourself a Break

December 14, 2016

Progress doesn’t happen in one fell swoop, and it’s rarely linear, either.

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Scents: How to Smell Good but not TOO Good While Dancing

December 1, 2016

Smell is sometimes the reason that people decline dances with others. Follow these tips and best practices regarding how to smell good but not TOO good while dancing.

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Anatomy of a Phrased West Coast Swing Dance

November 16, 2016

~ by Maria At a recent West Coast Swing Musicality workshop weekend in Ottawa that I hosted with guest instructor, PJ Fritzler, we provided a phrased approach to putting the structure of music into our bodies, and then into our partnerships. Phrasing is not the only way to be musical in dancing, but it’s a foundational…

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Why is Musicality Such a Big Deal in West Coast Swing?

November 11, 2016

– by Maria The topic of musicality gets a lot of air-time in West Coast Swing dancing. To be fair, “musicality” is integral to all dancing. But in West Coast Swing it’s kind of a Holy Grail – or as I like to call it, an endless frontier – that dancers of all levels, from…

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The Dance Journey: from Unconscious Incompetence to Mastery & Back

October 31, 2016

The Conscious Competence learning model is a useful framework for dancers, teachers, and students to understand the mental processes and psychological states involved at different states of learning.

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I’m Broken

September 29, 2016

After taking a private lesson, attending a particularly thought-provoking workshop, or getting feedback on your dancing, you might feel broken. You forget how to anchor. You forget how to triple step. You forget how to walk…

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West Coast Swing 7 Judging Criteria & 7 Levels Demystified

July 12, 2016

Explaining the 7 elements of West Coast Swing and how they apply at the 7 levels of competition.

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Your First Pair of West Coast Swing Dance Shoes

May 11, 2016

Your first pair of dance shoes is a special investment! Here’s what we recommend for new West Coast Swing Dancers, plus some links for where to purchase.

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