Monthly WCS Mini-Intensives, 2020

Learn – Love – Grow

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Created for:

  • West Coast Swing dancers who are very comfortable with their basics through those who are very experienced
  • Competitors of all levels
  • Those who want to to “push” their skills and deepen their understanding of the dance
  • Instructors looking for new tools, approaches, or applications of concepts

You will:

  • Learn, love, and grow in the dance
  • Deep-dive into concepts that can be applied everywhere in the dance
  • Gain concrete tools to apply during and beyond the session
  • Expand your knowledge of the dance and what’s possible in it
  • Open new doors to developing personal style and interpretation


Dates, Topics & Registration

Price: $50/dancer per 3-hour session, by pre-registration only.

Time: 4:15-7:30 pm (3.25 hours)

January 25, 2020 – The Power of 2 sold out, get on the wait list

Learn the most powerful concept for both leads and follows to free their dance. “The Power of 2” is a fundamental way of thinking about and executing the dance that provides the gateway to freedom, interpretation, and creativity.

  • Leads will break out of patterns to become more creative, inventive, and to better adjust to the unexpected
  • Follows will free their movement and learn a fool-proof method of “fitting in” their unique style and expression

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

February 29, 2020 – TBA 

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

March 28, 2020 – TBA

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

April 25, 2020 – TBA

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

May 30, 2020 – TBA

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

June 20, 2020 – TBA

Evening dance: yes, details TBA, separately ticketed

~ Summer Break July & August ~



You will get from these sessions as much as you are willing and able to take, provided that you already dance West Coast Swing.

Participants should have comfort with (at minimum) these 6- and 8-count basic patterns: left-side pass, underarm turn, underarm catch, sugar tuck, sugar push, left side tuck, basic whip, reverse whip, basket/lock whip, fold, left-side roll, basic outside turn (right side), rotating anchors, sugar roll/return.


Partners & Caps

Each intensive will be capped at 12 lead-follow pairs.

Dancers will rotate partners throughout the session. To manage ratios and maximize use of space, we ask participants to find a friend (or make a new one!) and sign up in lead-follow pairs.

It’s as simple as saying, “I’m planning to attend this intensive and I need a leader/follower to register with me – are you interested?”
Please contact Maria if you need help with this.

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.


Location & Parking

Second Studio, 738A Bank St., 2nd Floor
Ottawa, ON  K1S 3V4

If you need to call Maria: (613) 291-4376

Parking: on street and in various nearby paid lots. This is a busy neighbourhood, so we recommend taking public transport, taxi/uber, or leaving extra time to find parking. Please use Google to search for nearby parking lots.



This event has a no-refund, no-exchange policy, however:

  • If you contact us within 24 hours of the event, and if there is a wait list, we will transfer registration to someone on the waitlist
  • If you are from out of town and weather does not permit you to attend, please contact Maria for accommodations


About Maria

After growing up dancing jazz, tap, and ballet, Maria found West Coast Swing dancing in 2005 and has taught since 2007. She quickly distinguished herself as a successful competitor, choreographer, and performer (Rising Star, Teams).

Today, her focus is on developing local communities and dancers, as well as choreography and performance. She is an experienced judge at numerous WCS events.

As a teacher and coach, Maria draws on the experience of thousands of teaching hours and extensive professional training, including the exclusive annual Invitational Intensive. She is widely known for her ability to clearly communicate and demonstrate concepts and their purpose, to put those concepts into bodies, and to empower dancers to take control of their own journeys with take-home drills and functional tools.

Maria is a popular workshop and intensive instructor outside of Ottawa; she wants to bring that value home!

You can read her full dance credentials here.



The January 25 mini-intensive is now full; you can be put on the wait list in case of cancellations:

WCS Mini-Intensive, January 25, 2020 WAIT LIST

We’ll contact wait-listed individuals if cancellations occur. Thank you for your interest!

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