Build Better-Balanced Conversations

What does it take to have a WCS dance where both partners contribute to the fun? As a leader, do you wish playful followers would let you lead more? Or wonder why more followers don’t play with you they way they do when they dance with other leaders? As a follower, do you wonder how you can

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Build Better-Balanced Conversations

The Evolution of Play in WCS

West Coast Swing offers a unique opportunity for both partners to express themselves and co-create in amazing “dance conversations”. But it wasn’t always balanced or amiable. So how did we get here?    This article describes the journey of how the the improvised conversation of West Coast Swing social dancing has evolved dramatically over the

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The Evolution of Play in WCS

How Westies are Staying Sane & Active

Feeling lost or unmotivated without WCS social dancing? You are definitely not alone! I recently posted a question on Facebook, asking dancers: Without events/comps/social dancing, what are you doing to stay motivated to keep up your WCS skills? How are you staying sane and active these days? Click to Tweet The results were fascinating. Dancers

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How Westies are Staying Sane & Active

How to Make Sure Your Dance Partners Aren’t Complaining About You

No one wants to be the person that everyone complains about.   It’s easy to make the assumption that since you “never get any complaints” that your partners are satisfied enough. But since people don’t usually complain to your face, how do you know if people are complaining about you or not?   One method

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How to Make Sure Your Dance Partners Aren’t Complaining About You

5 Rules for Safe and Fun Steal Dancing

Steal dancing is when you are dancing with your partner and a 3rd person amicably “cuts in” for fun.   This game is different than a typical social dance: it becomes less about patterns and musicality and more about flow and transitions.   But it should not be entered into blindly. Like in any game, you

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5 Rules for Safe and Fun Steal Dancing

Pep Talk for the Girls: Part 2

Last week’s Part 1 featured concerns that women have about their own dancing – things that women should take personal responsibility for, as opposed to blaming outside sources.   This week, I need to shift the focus to more serious concerns: things women should NOT take responsibility for, and ways women can and should take a stand.

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Pep Talk for the Girls: Part 2
The boys had their turn with Guy-Guidance and Dude-Dilligence. Now it’s our turn. I’d like to address some of the common concerns and complaints I hear from women in my Feminine Styling Intensive, private lessons, and in personal conversations. It’s a bit of tough love specifically for women, whether they lead or follow.

Pep Talk for the Girls: Part 1

Girls*, let’s chat.   The boys had their turn with Guy-Guidance and Dude-Dilligence. Now it’s our turn. I’d like to address some of the common concerns and complaints I hear from women in my Feminine Styling Intensive, private lessons, and in personal conversations. It’s a bit of tough love specifically for women, whether they lead or

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Pep Talk for the Girls: Part 1
Some practical ideas on how to fill your bucket in the social department. Pass it on - you know you have friends who need this. #wcscoachscorner #sharingiscaring #dancewellness #socialwellness

Balancing Social Dancing and Socializing

How do you manage your social wellness with your dance wellness? It’s easy these days to get wrapped up too much in your own training and/or competitive capital – have you paused to take inventory lately of your social/emotional capital? What about the reverse – have you been focusing so much on the party aspect

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Balancing Social Dancing and Socializing

Anchoring for your Westie Soul: 20 Morsels of Wisdom to Get You Through the Holidays

Hey. You look a little stressed… a little adrift. Maybe it’s time we sat down and had a chat. Pull up a comfy chair, order your favourite hot beverage, and get cozy. Let’s get you feeling anchored.   This time of year can be emotionally draining, even pulverizing for some. While I don’t proclaim to be

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Anchoring for your Westie Soul: 20 Morsels of Wisdom to Get You Through the Holidays

Dancing with a Growth Mindset

If you haven’t heard about this psychological concept, you need to. Understanding it can have a profound effect on your dancing, but also other areas of your life you may be self-sabotaging.   Let me give you a little definition first, then I’ll discuss how this could be…  the most important thing you ever learn

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Dancing with a Growth Mindset

What Dancers Need to Know About Facebook

West Coast Swing lives online, and if you don’t know how to operate your social media tools, you risk missing opportunities or being left out of the loop entirely. Even if you are savvy with Facebook, you may not realize how some of the features are restricting you if you don’t take control of them.

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What Dancers Need to Know About Facebook

The Ultimate WCS Etiquette Checklist

Etiquette is a part of the culture of social dancing that is often taken for granted. We all assume that since we feel like we are doing fine, that others will perceive us the same. Everyone assumes the advice applies to everyone but themselves. You may have heard some of these tips before, but some

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The Ultimate WCS Etiquette Checklist