What should I wear?

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).

What shoes should I wear?

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):

  • Flat soles or medium (thick) heel
  • Leather soles (avoid rubber soles, it wil ruin your knees with turns and spins)
  • No taps, no tennis shoes, or any shoe that might scratch or leave marks on the dance floor.
  • Salsa heels and Tango heels do NOT work well for WCS.

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

You’ll most often see women WCS dancers wearing the “Westie Sandal”, flat suede boots, and “Toms”.
You’ll most often see male WCS dancers wearing low-heeled ballroom practice shoes or “Toms”.

Do I need a partner?

Coming out swing dancing is a great way to meet new people.  You do not need 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. We rotate partners in our group classes. At the dances you can dance with anybody in the room. That is part of the fun!

Do I HAVE to rotate partners?

No. However it’s a very good idea to rotate partners even if you have one. The short reason is that you don’t want to get used to each other’s bad habits. Social dancing is very much about adjusting to each person you dance with.

Lead or Follow?

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 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.

What is the age range?

All ages are welcome! From the young and the young at heart.

What type of music?

​Most people say that one of the reasons they love dancing West Coast Swing is the music and the sheer variety.

You can dance West Coast Swing on Pop, Blues, Soul, Funk, Acoustic, Swing, RnB, Hip Hop and everything in between.