Low confidence due to low competence?

Watch this 2-minute video pep talk to give you some realistic coaching and encouragement when you are lacking confidence because you think your skills aren’t good enough yet.Watch the video: Do you feel like you can only have confidence when you are competent? Are you thinking, “I’ll feel more confident when I get more competent”Stop right

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Low confidence due to low competence?

Want to score more “good” dances?

Watch this 3-minute video pep talk to give you some realistic coaching and encouragement when you are feeling disappointed with your “score” at the end of a dance party. Watch the video: Want to know how you can instantly score more “good” dances you have each night?  Easy. Change your criteria for what qualifies as

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Want to score more “good” dances?

Still can’t get it after 10 tries?

Watch this 3-minute video pep talk to give you some realistic coaching and encouragement when you are struggling to learn a new dance skill or move. Transcript below. Watch the video: Isn’t it frustrating when you’re trying a new dance move and you still can’t get it after 10 tries?  Let’s entertain an analogy:  There

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Still can’t get it after 10 tries?

Feeling limited in your styling?

Watch this 2-minute video pep talk to give you some realistic coaching and encouragement to help you discover more styling potential immediately. Transcript below. Watch the video: Feeling limited in your styling? When you dance, do you ever feel like you are colouring with a box of only primary colour crayons?  In each WCS class

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Feeling limited in your styling?

OMG, I’m WAY too intimidated to dance with THEM!

Watch this 3-minute video pep talk to give you some realistic coaching and encouragement about asking higher level dancers to dance. Transcript below. Watch the video: Do you have an “untouchables” list? You know, that imaginary list you make up of dancers in your community that are usually better than you that you don’t ask

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OMG, I’m WAY too intimidated to dance with THEM!

Considering your first WCS event?

You’ve been taking West Coast Swing classes for a little while now, and you are inspired by the videos you’ve seen, so now you’re wondering if you should follow the hype to attend your first West Coast swing event?   I got you.   Here’s a brief pros-and-cons list to help you decide.   First,

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Considering your first WCS event?

Drills Gone Wild: How effective are your drills? New

It’s great to see students all over the world taking the initiative to practice on their own. Practice of personal movement skills is part of a balanced diet of partner dance learning and skill development, regardless of your ambition level.   We are strong advocates of “homework”: once you learn your skills in your lesson,

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Drills Gone Wild: How effective are your drills? New

Struggling with partners in class?

You love your classes and you love your teachers, but it can be challenging to build new skills when the partners you rotate to or practice with have bad habits or bad attitudes, right?   So let’s talk about how you can still manage to get meaningful learning from every partner you rotate to in

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Struggling with partners in class?

10 things I wish I did to budget for dance

Relatively speaking, dance is a pretty financially accessible hobby. Most nights of dancing that include classes and a dance still cost less than a night at the movies. But it’s “pay to play”: if you want to dance more, train more, compete more, travel more, the costs will add up.. So it would be smart

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10 things I wish I did to budget for dance

Tactical Social Dancing Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series have garnered a massive response – when I opened up the floor to take suggestions for more tactical questions, people really unloaded!    Well, I’m honoured, because that’s exactly what we’re here for. Not just this article series, but ALL the Swing Literacy programs: to fill a need and

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Tactical Social Dancing Part 3
The sequel to last week's "What do I do if..." guide! #wcscoachscorner #techniquestacticsstrategies

Tactical Social Dancing Part 2

When it comes to social dancing, many dancers ask us questions like “How should I handle it when…?” or “What do I do if…?”   These are Tactical questions. In Part 1 of this series, I defined the difference between Techniques, Tactics, and Strategies which are important distinctions to read about to help you get

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Tactical Social Dancing Part 2