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Support Local!

May 15, 2020

We've compiled a list of dancer-run businesses and encourage you to consider referring them and/or hiring them if it makes sense.

When Will We Social Dance Again?

April 24, 2020

Answers to questions about when group classes and group classes will resume, the future of Smoothstyle, and more.

Guest article: COVID-19 and Mental Health

April 24, 2020

This article is provided by a member of the West Coast Swing Ottawa community, Jessie Breault, MA. She is a Mental Health Counsellor.

Resources for the Soul: Podcasts, Playlists, Books, & Resources

April 24, 2020

These are some of the resources I have found useful and/or comforting during the pandemic. I hope you'll discover something here that helps you, too.

Road Tripping: a Formative Part of the West Coast Swing Journey

February 24, 2020

Road-trips to other West Coast Swing communities were an important part of my WCS upbringing - these are the benefits...

Riding the Wave

February 2, 2020

Having a picture of where we’re headed is the first step to getting there. Ironically, the second step is letting go of the goal.

What to Expect from a Group Dance Class at Smoothstyle

August 30, 2019

Here's what you can expect from a group dance class with Smoothstyle:

How To Develop Style & Musicality in West Coast Swing

July 5, 2019

Everyone wants to LOOK GREAT and EXPRESS MUSICALITY when they dance.

Maria’s Sample Weekly Workout

November 12, 2018

Maria shares two sample weeks from her workout schedule. These are at-home workouts that require little to no equipment.

The Perfect Dance Bag

August 29, 2018

Everyone should make themselves The Perfect Dance Bag. It's insanely easy to do - here's how.

Be Good at Beginning

August 8, 2018

Embrace BEING a beginner. Be one FOREVER. Because I want you here for the long-haul.

How to Help a New Dancer Improve

June 4, 2018

If you have trouble dancing well *except* with your instructor or the “best” dancers in the room, read this!