WEST COAST SWING
This dance is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection. It emphasizes musicality and playful improvisation.
WCS is recognized as one of the most versatile and adaptable dance forms. Drawing influences from a variety of other dances, today, WCS can be found throughout the US and internationally.
WCS is a lead-follow partner dance that emphasizes the conversation between the partners. The leader is responsible for selecting the patterns of the dance but is encouraged to create opportunities for the follower to shine within the dance. The follower is responsible for carrying out the intention of the leader but is encouraged to play and interpret within the leader’s overall structure.
One of the best things about WCS is that can be danced to almost any music written in 4/4 time. In its present-day form, WCS is danced in the tempo range from about 80 to 160 beats per minute making it just about the most widely ranging partner dance in terms of tempo. It can also be danced to many genres of music including Swing, Blues, Rock & Roll, Pop, R&B, Cha-Cha and Contemporary to name a few.