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Lessons & Patterns

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 Taking A Look At West Coast Swing

It's not about the moves..it's about the Movement!

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The Dance is made up of an Amalgamation of Patterns.
Patterns are made up of Segments of Elements.
These Elements are made up of Movements Synchronized to Rhythms & Timing.
Rhythm & Timing is where we must begin to learn.

Examples

Improvisation: https://youtu.be/DAR27FWzyZY  
 

 Skippy Blair about West Coast Swing   Practice WCS            WCS History  ....  Then it got Cool!

Ettiquette  Warm-ups   Survival Sheet   FAQs   Dance Physics for Geeks  Group Demo

“Step 1: Be okay with being a beginner.”

Classroom Ettiquete  
Denotes Core Patterns

Week

Theory/Techniques

Pushes

  Passes

Whips

Starters

 

Beginner Basics
Level I
Foundations

1

Ettiquate II

DemoWhat WCS looks like

Count

Reading Assignment 1 - Beginner Track

Posture - Shoulders Back

Foot Positions

Frame Frame2

Metronome - Timing

Rhythm & Timing

Basic Elements Walk, Touch Step, Triple Step

6 Count Footwork - step, step, tri-ple-step,tri-ple-step

Rules of the Road

How to Walk Basics 

RWCS Music

 

 

Basic Left Side Pass

Left Side Pass

Left Side Pass2

 

 

  

Starter Step

Starter Step

Starter Step

 4-Beat Starter

2

wk1 Review

PYRAMID OF BASICS

Thighs Shut

Triple Rhythm Break & Anchor

Anchor Step

Anchor Step

Anchor Step

Walk & Anchor

 

Sugar Push

Push Break

Sugar Push

Sugar Push

Sugar Push

 

 

(Overhead Turn)

Under Arm Turn

Underarm Turn

Underarm Turn

Underarm Turn

Underarm Turn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

wk1&2 Review

Mistakes Fixed

timing vs rhythm

Basic Tuck Elements

Sugar Tuck

Sugar Tuck

 

Two Hand Tuck

Progressive Tuck

Basic Tuck

*Tuck2

 

 

 

 

4

wk3 Review

Connections

Connection

Connection and Tone

Connection, Visual & Physical

Posting Connection & Anchor

No-Nos

Post - Man's Movement

 

 

 (Pre-whip)

Right Side Pass

Prewhip:Turning Basic Closed Position

 

8 Count Footwork

Whip

 Basic Whip

Whip

Whip2

More Whips

aka. Release Whip

 

 
5

wk4 Review

8 Count Footwork

 More Techniques

Connection Through Leverage & Compression (Hula Hoop)

 

 

Throw Out

 

Underarm with Hand Change

Outside turn from RSP

Inside turn

Outside Turn

Outside Turn 2

Outside Roll

Whip w/ Outside Roll

6

wk5 Review & Catch-up

Bring it together!!

Basics Graduation!

  Right Hand Left Side Pass  

 

Basket &Basket2

Walking Whip

 
             
   

Beginner Level II

     
1 Beginner Review 

PYRAMID OF BASICS
 
Compression & Tension Fund.

Connection

Connecton2

Connection(Mario)


Connection(OutSteppingLead)

Connection

Lead and Follow

Lead/Follow2

Lead/Follow3

L&F Theory

SP Mens Styling

No Push &Side Push

Lady Steal

SP Drill

Sugar/No Push
  Walk & Abchor

 

  Rhythm & Timing Drills    
2  Leverage and Connection

Frame & Connection

Frame Tools

Anchor Step

Anchor Step

Anchor Step

Anchor Variations

Mirror - SP Barrel Roll

Mirror - Cha Cha

LSP - Head Loop
5 Basic Tuck Turns

Fold & Sweep

Fold2
she goes he goes, outside turn

Execute a J-Hook

Starter Step w/Rotation
3

Partnering

Elasticity

Tuck turns, etc

Non compression tuck

Scrolling
 

4  Basic Whips

Simple Whip Variations

 

Basic releases

4

Introducing Musicality

5 Degrees of Musical Glory

Hear & Identify The Beat

Patty Vo 5Points

 

  Prep Inside Turn

Spins & Turns Balance


Spin Techniques
 

Apache Whip

Reverse Whip

Hustle Whip

 
     

Intermediate I

     
  two hands overhead Dbl Spin Walk Back

Duck Out and Funky Stuff

 

 

Posture & Warmup 1

footwork impaired

   Starter w/ Styling Dallas Side Pass 7:10 Dbl basket mens turn around  
 

Posture & Warmup 2

Embellishing w/ Drapes

Focus on partner

 

 

SweetHeart (Ignore their Footwork)

 

 

 

 

Clockwise & Counterclockwise

 

 

 

 

Posture & Warmup 3

Mirror Exercise

 

Spinning Left Side Pass

 

barrel roll throw out

Apache

Mens Apache

Apache Variant John & Jessica

rotating starter step 1:50
 

Did I mention Posture?

Warmup

 

 InsideTurnMonkeyBar

Monkey Bar from Whip

Inside Roll

Turning Basic

Barrel Roll

 

Reverse

Continuous Whip

 

Pivoting

scrolling

Kick Ball Change

Double Whip
     

Advanced

      
 Using Hip Action      embellishing the pass

Whip with outside roll

 

 

 Skippy Basic & Advance

 

RIM WHIP    
  Movement Routines Advanced basics - 1 Advanced basics - 2 Advance basics - 3 Advanced basics - 4
  Moves & Grooves  Hot Move 3

 

 

 

 
  Cool Moves  Move 3b  R2R LS Tuck w/ Walk  

 

 
    Leverage Sweep and Rotate   Hot Move 2  Move 1      
   

intensive week 1

intensive week 2

intensive week 3

intensive week 4

 
  Funk n Swing Funk n Swing - 2 Funk n Swing - 3   Tip 80  
 

Wrap and Headloop

   

 

Syncopations RoutinesCrespo Routine    

 

      
 
 Several Variations       
     

Techniques

   
  Basic Posture  Wrist twist connecting sides close on 4  Body Isolation  
   Shaping  foot pressure  Focus on partner  stretch  Thou Shall Boing  
   

 Musicality

     
12 Steps of Breaks

Musical Breaks

5 Degrees of Musical Glory

Music Interpretation
 

Two Beats at a time

Two Beats at a time (2)

Musicality | Accenting the '1'

 

 

Taletha Jouzdani teaching Musicality 32 Beat Phrasing Hitting breaks
 

Marking Single Rhythm

Counting Sets of 8 Counting 32-beat major phrases Hear the Downbeat and Upbeat    

 

Spins, Turns & Swivels

Spin Technique Theory 

 *Spin Technique 

Attitude Spin

Turns C.C.

Turns (Part 2)  C.C

 turns for the guys, spiral turn for girls  MenTurns  
Chaines Turns

Spins and Turns

 Windmill Turn  

Big arm Spinning Pass

 Mans Turn  
One Foot Spin

Pivit  Turns

Spins Routine  Turn Techniques      
Swivels Pot-Stirrer

Whips

Whip w/ Mens Turn

Hammerlock w/ Spin

Hammerlock2

Cut In Whip Closed Whip with Ronde Breakdown

Closed Whip Ladies Inside Turn w Hand Change to Arm-in-Arm

Closed Whip with Hip Catch

Closed Whip with Shoulder Check & Pivot Turn

 Whip inside pickup and telle spin Whip with roll to hip switch Whip inside pickup and telle spin
     

Syncopations

     
 

Ladies

   

Men

   
   Body Wave  Solo West Coast Swing Drill  Solo West Coast Swing III Social Dance - Build Men Syncopations  
 

Ladies Syncopations

Solo West Coast Swing II

West Coast Swing Solo IV

Lead Free Play

helicopter variations

 

 

 Swing Styling

Bootie Bump

 

Slides

 

 

  Syncopations (part 2)

Hijacking and Detours

 

Men Syncopations

crank turn and barrel roll

 

 

Sweeps

 

head roll (shoulder roll)

 

Mans pretzel.

 

 

Sweeps

 Cape Position Drape

 

 

Whip to head roll

 

 

Rolling Count

 

 

two hand tuck, up yours, whip with double spin

 

 

 

Head Loop/Comb

 

 

Double Twisted Whip

 

 

Finger Spins - Breakdown

 

 

 

apache, cross hands (2 versions), inside turn whip

 

Hitting the Breaks

 

 

 

 

 

 

styling leg points, free spin, crazy arms

 

 

 

open cross hands whip, with guys turn and girls turn

 

 

Mapping Music for choreography

 

 

 

cut off whip with outside turn, two hand tuck turn, choker hold

 

 

Hesitations and Syncopations

 

 

 

two hand tuck, up yours, whip with double spin

 

 

Turns

 

 

 

tummy tuck whip

 

  Dip a Lady adv 1-4 adv 2 adv 3 adv 4  
Diva Walk
 

Pretzel Walks

 

 

 

 

 

Parking Space

 

Beginning Level

(FULL VIDEO)

Tip of the Week

 

 

 

 

Dancing w Tim Videos

Michael Kiehm Videos

EastonSwing

JohnIHess  

Christine Clifton

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West Coast Swing Concepts
You will hear the following concepts mentioned several times during classes and workshops.
Concept Description

Frame The position the body is held in whilst dancing. Frame needs to be
maintained throughout the dance to ensure good connection between the
lead and the follow.
When your frame is set it means that you are standing tall, core is engaged,
shoulders are back and down, and your back muscles are engaged.

Lead/Follow WCS is a partner dancer. This means there will be a lead dancer and a
dancer that follows.
The lead determines the direction and moves executed during the dance.
The follow responds to the directions offered by the lead through the
connection between both dancers.

Connection Connection permits the transference of energy from lead to follow (and vice
versa).
When there is connection between the lead and follow, both dancers can
move as one.

Post The invisible stationary point that connects partners with varying degrees of
connection, extension, or compression. The area that stays still while both
partners move to it or from it.
3rd foot position The starting and finishing position of the dancer’s feet for all basic moves.

Anchor/Settle The starting and finishing state for both dancer’s for all basic moves.
Rolling the feet How a step is taken in WCS.
When dancing the feet should not be placed flat on the floor (stomping or
marching). Rolling the feet into the floor gives dancers a smooth flight as
though they are gliding across the floor.

Triple “Step” The rhythm used in WCS footwork - 3 steps taken in 2 beats.
WCS requires the dancer to step on half beats of the music as well as whole
beats. For example, 1, 2, 3-and-a-4,-5-and-a-6. The ‘3-and-a-4’ and the ‘5-
and-a-6’ represent triple steps

Slot The line upon which the lead and follow dance.
WCS is a linear dance. The follow travels up and down the slot, and the lead
dances on and either side of the slot. Always stepping across the slot as if
dancing on a cross. It is the follows responsibility to find the end of the slot.

Tracks The position of both dancers’ arms.
Tracks are conceptual ‘train tracks’ on either side of the slot. When starting
a move the dancers’ arms must be on one track and either finish on the
same track or the track on the other side of the slot (depending on the
move).

Rolling count The rolling count is verbalised as “a-1-and-a-2-and-a-3-and-a-4-and-a-5-
and-a-6-and-a-7-and-a-8”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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