West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. The dance was cultivated in California where it has become the main regional style of swing in that area, so much so, that it was made the official state dance in 1988.
We believe West Coast Swing (WCS) is the most fun partner dance in existence because:
West Coast Swing is a very natural, ergonomic dance. It really is close to stylized walking. Which means that the heel height you would wear in your street shoes on a daily (as in, all day long) basis is most ideal.
Any clean footwear that lets you spin comfortably is fine (dance shoes, dance sneakers, Toms, even socks):
Some examples of sandels, dancesneakers, jazzshoes:
If you’re serious about West Coast Swing we recommend investing in a pair of dance shoes. Our instructors can advise you or you can read this article about WCS Footwear trends
Most West Coast Swing dancers wear “Westie sandals”, flat suède boots, low ballroom shoes or “Toms".
Wear anything that is comfortable. Jeans and t-shirts are fine. What you wear should not restrict your arm or leg movements.
If you’re prone to sweating (hey, it happens) feel free to bring an extra shirt (and deodorant, ahem).
West Coast Swing is non-gender biased. Dance whatever role(s) you like.
Expect to see women leading women and men leading men all the time at social dance parties and during competition. Because like a team sport, it’s more about the teamwork than about the relationship.
As part of learning faster we recommend to try both roles at some point.
Coming out swing dancing is a great way to meet new people. You do not need to bring a partner to take dance classes or to go to one of our socials (but, it is very helpfull if you bring one…or two …). Both couples and singles are welcome. In West Coast Swing it is very common to rotate partners in group classes and during a social dance party.