News & Articles

Strength in movement (Harvard Gazette)

January 7, 2016

“Scientists gave little thought to the neurological effects of dance until relatively recently, when researchers began to investigate the complex mental coordination that dance requires”. Read this great article in the Harvard Gazette >>

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What Kind of West Coast Swing Dancer are You?

August 4, 2015

– by Julie Epplett (TO West Coast) Reprinted here by the author’s permission. Visit the original article on her website. It occurred to me that there are so many *awesome* events coming up, it’s becoming really hard to decide where to spend your wcs dollars.  This is my attempt at a fun way to make…

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Evolution/Family Tree of Swing Dances

June 20, 2015

From LindyPenguin.com, this is a fascinating flow chart. “An (incomplete and incorrect) evolution of Swing Dance” – but nonetheless educational and useful! View it larger here >>

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“Learning How to Wait: How WCS Taught Me Patience”: Susan Rosenzweig

June 14, 2015

We enjoyed this article that touches on West Coast Swing and lessons in following — and in life. Read it here >>

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“12 Traits of Terrific Dance Teachers”: Dance Advantage

January 7, 2015

We so agree with this article, and we enjoy cultivating these kinds of teachers! Read this article >>

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“The Proactive Follower”: Bobby White

November 13, 2014

From the Swungover* blog: “As a teacher, I quickly realized the advice ‘just follow’ is almost never helpful. As far as teaching advice goes, it’s vague and doesn’t give the follower an action to do, which is exactly what any student needs in order to get better. But more  importantly, it’s wrong. Great followers never ‘just follow.’” … Read…

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“Dance Etiquette”: Nino DiGiulio

January 1, 2014

After he read this, one of our students said, “These are life lessons!” Yup. Read it >> 

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“Productive Stretching for Dancers”:

November 15, 2013

There’s stretching, and then there’s productive stretching. … Mere stretching is not suitable for my dancers. … Why choose to do only a “thing” (to stretch) over an activity with legitimate, progressive returns (a productive stretch)? Read it here >>

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“The Ten Commandments of the Social Dance Floor”: Jazz Monkey

June 19, 2013

Dance etiquette isn’t exactly rocket science, but a surprising number of dancers seem to have the memory of a starfish for it. … Without further ado, here they are: the Jazz Monkey’s Ten Commandments of the social dance floor. Read it here >>

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“Dancers are genetically different from the rest of us”

June 14, 2013

We didn’t need this scientific research to know that dancers are particularly designed for communication and spirituality–but it’s a good read! “The dancer ‘type,’ says Ebstein, clearly demonstrates qualities that are not necessarily lacking but are not expressed as strongly in other people: a heightened sense of communication, often of a symbolic and ceremonial nature,…

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