Patterns & Play
Learn your 4 count starter step, five standard whips,
UNDERSTANDING THE CHARACTERISTICS OF
WEST COAST SWING
- Proper technique for leads initiating stretch on the +a and follows stretching back before moving forward creating the elasticity and connection before moving forward to make weight change on beat 1.
- Leads posting on beat 4 of side passes and push breaks and beat 6 of whips and not shuffling after follow doing a cha cha when you should be anchoring back preparing to initiate stretch into the next move.
- Follows learning to stay within perimeters and not release their lats and over extend their connected arm while anchoring back.
- Learning to keep your clean third foot dance position when anchoring.
- Exploring natural, reverse, boomerang, basket, and continuous whips.
- Leads shaping and looking to right on the +a 5 of all whips while follows sit back into the connection avoiding placing weight over the ball of foot.
West Coast Swing is a constantly evolving dance that is always getting more diverse, more ergonomic, and more fun. Unfortunately, this makes it hard for most local dance teachers to keep current, so their material and teaching methods get outdated quickly, which means their students do too. April Morrow specializes in west coast swing and is a teacher that continues to evolve through her coaching with some of the top pro’s and world champions in West Coast Swing. April Morrow is certified with “GSDTA” Golden State Dance Teachers Association through Skippy Blair.