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To Dance or Not to Dance with Your Significant Other…

April 8, 2016

Every dance is a 3-minute relationship - and that has implications for life-couples who decide to take up this hobby/sport/passion.

It’s Never Too Soon for a Private Lesson

February 26, 2016

Thoughts about why private lessons are valuable for anyone - from brand-new to very advanced.


October 19, 2015

Entering a dance competition means that you are giving permission to others to judge you. Read these tips on how to manage that experience.

How to Choose a Good Instructor

May 30, 2015

Someone once told me that if you can do something, you can teach it. I think that is the most untrue thing I have ever heard...

ONE Thing

April 27, 2015

The brain is sequential, so it's self-sabotage to try to "work on" multiple dance techniques at one time.

The West Coast Swing DJ Interviews

March 30, 2015

We rounded up six WCS circuit DJs and asked them our students' most burning questions about music.

Etiquette for Partner Dancing

January 3, 2015

By request, these are Smoothstyle's top tips for how to behave when dancing...

The 10% Rule

November 4, 2014

New dancers are our futures, so make 10% of all your social dances dances with beginners.

Are You Over Training?

September 21, 2014

Over-training can set you back. Here are the signs of over-training and how to fix it.

Is Misogyny Inherent in the Language of Partner Dance?

July 16, 2014

This was written in 2014, before we had changed our WCS teaching language to be gender-neutral.

Group Classes vs. Private Lessons

May 12, 2014

Answers to common questions about the differences between group and private lessons - and when to do which.

Learning Both Roles in West Coast Swing

April 24, 2014

In West Coast Swing, it's inot possible to truly understand the whole dance if you know only one role.