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May - Free Four Week West Coast Swing Dance Course

May - Free Four Week West Coast Swing Dance Course 

This Meetup is for the Free four week West Coast Swing Dance Course being offered by the Jacksonville West Coast Swing Club.  The entire course is absolutely free!

What is West Coast Swing (WCS)?

For those new, West Coast Swing is a smooth form of swing dancing that has exploded in popularity over the last 10 years.  It can be danced to almost any type of music and allows for individual creativity and expression.  Here is a Youtube video that I found that does and excellent job of explaining WCS and why it's so popular:

About the May Beginning WCS Course:

The course is designed to give you enough foundation so that you could dance basic WCS in public with confidence e.g. a party, a wedding, a club etc..  but we also hope you become involved in our WCS community and dance with us too!  To get you there, we will provide extra opportunities for you to practice and apply what you are learning in class to real dance situations such as after class dance rotations with intermediate and advanced WCS dancers and invitations to our Jacksonville West Coast Swing club events.  

Classes will be each Wed during May @ Club Savoy from 7:15-8:15.  The classes build upon each other so please try to attend all classes.  After each class, we will combine with the Intermediate/Advanced WCS dancers and do dance rotations from 8:15 ~ 9:30.  The rotations are optional but strongly encouraged because it gives you an opportunity to practice with a more experienced partner.  They are really fun.  This is part of Demery's Intermediate/Advanced class and will cost $5

Do I need to bring a partner?

You do NOT need to bring a partner in order to take the classes.  We rotate constantly during class so everyone gets practice.  If you have someone you want to bring e.g. a friend, souse, partner etc... yes, absolutely bring them.  It's just not a requirement to take the classes.

Do I need some previous dance experience to take the class?

You do NOT need any type of previous dance experience.  Dancing and rhythm are learned skills.  It just takes time to train your bodies to react the way your mind is telling it to react.  Be patient if you are completely new to any type of dancing and don't give up!  It just takes time.     

What should I wear?

There is no dress code....just wear whatever make you comfortable.  I'll likely be in jeans and a t-shirt for example.  There will be a lot of movement so you ladies may want to go with a shoe with a flatter heal. 

About the WCS Dance Community and the Jacksonville West Coast Swing Club (JWCSC):

We have a fabulous and very active WCS dance community in Jacksonville.  It's a fun loving and accepting group that simply loves to go out, socialize, and dance.  Aside from our scheduled dances, it's not uncommon for us to organize a night out on the town to do some WCS dancing at a club or a new venue at the spur of the moment.  We also attend neighboring WCS communities dances together in Gainesville and Ormond beach, as well as large WCS events in other parts of the state.  If you're looking for a fun and active group that likes to dance, then you found it here!

Another important part of the WCS Dance community is the Jacksonville West Coast Swing Club (JWCSC).  The non-profit club was formed to simply promote WCS dancing in our Jacksonville area.  The membership fees pay for things like bringing in WCS Pros to teach workshops, hold WCS dances, and costs associated with expanding our dance community.  Club membership is $40 year and is open to anyone but you don't need to be a member to take the course or attend any of our events.  With your membership, you get reduced dance and workshop costs but real benefit is that it helps us reach out to more people in our community and teach them WCS.      

Some Recommendations to stay plugged in:

I recommend you get on the JWCSC event email list through the club website:

If you are a Facebook subscriber, I'd also recommend you join the Jacksonville West Coast Swing Club group there as well:

Both of the links will help you keep up with what's going on in the WCS community. 

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  • Tim

    It was great meeting everyone tonight! You guys did a fantastic job on the Left and Right side passes! I was really glad to see so many of you jump into the dance rotations after class too. I took a few pics of the rotations and posted them. Next week I want to get some pics of just our class so someone remind me if I forget. BTW...if you took pics, please post them.

    Next week we will review + add two more patterns. Please find the time to practice the Left and Right side passes we covered tonight. Once you can do the footwork without thinking about it, then work on being smooth. Leads, remember body leads not arm leads and door opening. Follows, remember to be smooth, look for your partner, and anchoring. I'll see you guys next week!

    2 · May 7, 2014

  • James

    I'm disappointed I will be missing the first class again this month... Hopefully my workload will lighten up soon

    May 7, 2014

    • Tim

      NP James ...I'll see you next week :-)

      May 7, 2014

  • Tim

    Hey Guys,

    I just learned that the dance rotations after class will be $5. The class is still free...just the optional dance rotations after class will be $5. This kinda makes sense since it's really part of Demery's Int/Adv class so bring $5 and jump in. Tim

    May 7, 2014

  • Tim

    Tomorrow is the big May kickoff of classes and I'm really excited about meeting and dancing with you guys! This should be a really good class. A lot of the April folks are going to retake May which should give us some more experienced Leads and Followers to practice with!

    Class will start at 7:15 but please feel free to get there a little early and meet everyone. Also, don't forget about the dance rotations after class! It's a great opportunity to practice and just have fun.

    Cya Tomorrow!

    May 6, 2014

  • Tim

    Hi Everyone!

    If you are planning on attending the Free May Beginning WCS course, please use the RSVP thingy to let me know. I think the May class will be even bigger than April's and I'm trying to figure out how much class material I need to bring.


    April 27, 2014

  • Tim

    Hey Guys,

    We have one more week before we finish up the April WCS course but if you want to come by early and check it out, please feel free to join us. We meet at Club Savoy each Wed 7:15. Bring your friends too!


    April 24, 2014

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