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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!

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

July 7, 2017

A new dancer I met had many questions for me, and with his help, I turned that conversation into this Q&A.

How to Give a Beginner a GREAT Dance

June 22, 2017

You can improve your whole dance community by making a beginner feel comfortable and like they had fun. Here's how.

Give Yourself a Break

December 14, 2016

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

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

December 1, 2016

Scent is sometimes the reason that people decline dances with others. Follow these tips and best practices.

Anatomy of a Phrased West Coast Swing Dance

November 16, 2016

How to analyze "phrasing" in West Coast Swing dancing, with real-life examples.

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

November 11, 2016

Learn what's special about West Coast Swing that makes "musicality" a Holy Grail in the dance.

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.

I’m Broken

September 29, 2016

After taking a private lesson, attending a particularly thought-provoking workshop, or getting feedback on your dancing, it's normal to feel like you've taken a step backward.

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.

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.

Help! I’m Dating a Dancer!

April 13, 2016

For non-dancers to better understand - and participate in the life of - their dance-obsessed partners.