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Week 3: West Coast Swing Classes (all levels welcome!)
Learn West Coast Swing every Wednesday at You Should Be Dancing Studio (! West Coast Swing is the incredibly smooth, elastic-looking partner dance that continues to grow in popularity for its versatility. Danced to R&B, pop, hip-hop, blues, and even club music, this dance style continues to evolve with its audience and the popular music scene. Check out Sophie, instructor at You Should Be Dancing, dancing West Coast Swing: Classes are at 7:00pm (pre-intermediate & advanced) and 8:00pm (beginner and intermediate). One class is $25 or $90 for four weeks. Descriptions of each level are below. Beginner Level with Ricardo (8:00pm) This introductory course requires little or no prior dance experience. Students will learn how to lead or follow basic West Coast Swing patterns, with attention given to footwork, partnering, and timing. We suggest between 2 and 4 months of this course before moving on to Pre-Intermediate. Pre-intermediate Level with Sophie (7:00pm) This course requires that students know the West Coast Swing basic patterns (sugar push, left side pass, right side pass, and whip), and have a strong foundation in West Coast Swing timing and partnering. Variations on the basic patterns will be introduced and combined to create simple sequences, and students will continue to develop lead/follow technique, partnering skills, timing, and dance floor etiquette. Intermediate Level with Sophie (8:00pm) Before taking this course, students should be executing a variety of West Coast Swing patterns with strong lead/follow technique, good footwork, and excellent timing. More advanced patterns will be introduced with syncopated footwork and alternative connection points between partners, further developing students’ lead/follow ability and understanding of timing. Advanced Level with Exenia (7:00pm) Students must be comfortable dancing to blues music and should be able to demonstrate clean anchor steps/anchor technique. A clear understanding of push, pass, and whip technique is absolutely necessary. It is not recommended to drop in, as this class will build each week across the 4-week series. This class will address advanced connection drills, pattern variations, and quality of movement. Join us for a West Coast Swing party 9:15pm - Midnight! See the dedicated Meetup event for more details.

You Should Be Dancing Studio/Club 412

412 8th Ave & 31st St, 4th Floor · New York, NY


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Twice recognized by the New York Times, Salsa New York offers the best opportunities to learn and dance salsa in the Big Apple!

With partners throughout the city, we post nearly 40 events each month from group classes to workshops, socials, parties, and more.

Reflecting the diversity of our members and the New York dance community, we also engage with other Latin and Latin-influenced styles, including bachata, merengue, chacha, and west coast swing.

Salsa New York is organized by Franck Muhel (the "Fastest Feet in Mambo!") and Patrick Connolly. Born in Martinique, Franck Muhel is a dance performer, teacher and choreographer renowned for his dynamic creative energy that inspires and electrifies audiences all over the world. Patrick is a pianist and vocalist (performing as Paddy on the Piano ( avidly learning multiple styles of dance.

We love hearing from our members and you are always welcome to contact us! Franck is best reached at and Patrick can be messaged directly on Meetup.

New members will notice that all of our classes and workshops are marked with a level (beginner through advanced). To help Salsa New Yorkers identify their level, here is an overview of each category:

No prior dance experience is needed to feel comfortable at beginner-level events! Dancers will have a chance to learn basic salsa footwork and leading/following concepts.

To feel comfortable at intermediate-level events, dancers should have basics mastered, with a strong sense of the look, feel, and rhythm of salsa dancing. Dancers should also be wise to social dance etiquette.

At the advanced level, dancers are intimately familiar with Latin rhythm and styling, and can confidently lead/follow complex combinations while improvising and syncopating footwork at will.

All dancers are welcome (and encouraged!) to come to open-level events! Most socials and parties are open level.

Thank you so much to our members for supporting this wonderful community Don’t forget to visit the Salsa New York Facebook group ( to share salsa/dance events and news of your own!


Do I need a partner?

No, you are welcome to come alone! Classes and workshops will rotate partners frequently and dance socials are all about meeting new partners.

What should I wear to salsa classes or events/Do I need special shoes?

Classes and most events are an informal atmosphere, so just wear comfortable clothing that allows you to be flexible and relaxed!

You don’t necessarily need dedicated dancing shoes, but you should choose slim shoes that are supportive and won’t grip the floor (no rubber soles). If you are serious about dancing, ballroom or jazz shoes may be worth considering. They will help you to better feel the floor and turn more freely.

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