How to survive the awkward phase as we return to dance

The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally arriving – getting to dance with partners again!At first, it’s going to be glorious!Then it’s going to be awkward…We’ll eventually get our mojo back, but for now we all need to relearn and get reoriented to these skills that have been hibernating for 16 months. So here are

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How to survive the awkward phase as we return to dance

How to practice smarter in small groups

This is Part 2 of a series to help you transition back to dance. Click here to go to Part 1: How to Survive the Awkward Phase as we Return to Dance Many places in the world still have COVID restrictions preventing large classes, but we’re hearing from many dancers right now that they would prefer

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How to practice smarter in small groups

How to remember (and use) all the patterns you’ve invested in

Something doesn’t add up….How many WCS patterns do you think you’ve ever learned?Just calculate how many patterns you learn per week, then multiply that by how long you’ve been dancing.Now, how many of those patterns have you actually adopted into your social or competition dancing?Oof. That’s a big difference.That’s a lot of money and time

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How to remember (and use) all the patterns you’ve invested in

The Big Picture: Your WCS Blueprint

It’s hard to see the forest for the trees. When you were a beginner, overwhelmed by this amazing dance, all you knew were your local classes and dances. Slowly, you became more exposed to the big, wide world of West Coast Swing. Between events and competitions and routines and levels, it’s quite daunting to navigate. Wouldn’t

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The Big Picture: Your WCS Blueprint

Get Sustainable Dance Growth: How to Organize a Successful Peer Practica

Do you live in a community where there’s not a lot of dance resources? (dancers/dance parties/instructors) Are you afraid of losing your improvement momentum because of it? Are you starving for feedback to know that you are on the right track? You don’t need to wait for the next big convention, or think that you can’t grow your

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Get Sustainable Dance Growth: How to Organize a Successful Peer Practica

Coach’s Corner 2017 Year-In-Review

Quick access to the best 2017 articles you may have missed – SHARE SHARE SHARE!The Coach’s Corner blog allows us to discuss common topics our students asked, published in a format that dancers worldwide could learn from and respond to.  We enjoy “talking shop”, but for the blog I draw the line at skill development: physical

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Coach’s Corner 2017 Year-In-Review
Are you sabotaging your own dance progress? Be a better student and get more out of your investment! #teacherpeeves #becoachable #wcscoachscorner

Private Lesson Pains

No matter your level, when it comes to dance instruction, nothing gives you more bang-for-your-buck than private lessons. Private lessons are a part of a balanced dance diet. The one-on-one feedback fills your bucket with encouragement and homework to last you a few weeks to a few months of social dance practice. BUT, there are some

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Private Lesson Pains
Okay men, gather round. Time for some straight talk from MYLES! Be sure to share to spread the knowledge. #stuffyouneedtohear #notjustforleaders #wcscoachscorner

Guy-guidance and Dude-diligence: Q&A for the Westie-Men

MEN! You have questions, maybe you’re too shy to ask, or maybe you’re afraid of being judged for asking. Myles has heard it all, and is here to provide the answers! Champion leader Myles Munroe answers 21 probing questions from men who dance West Coast Swing, including 5 questions that everyone wonders about but avoids asking. There’s something

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Guy-guidance and Dude-diligence: Q&A for the Westie-Men
Now for a little fun! Ok a ton of fun. What we can learn from submitting to the rookie experience... #okbutfirstboing #allaboutheboing #bungeeworkout #thailandvacation

That Bungee Thing!

Every once in a while you experience something that shifts your perspective, and your world becomes more colourful, more vibrant, higher-definition. Suddenly the preconceptions you had are shattered like pieces of Lego, and you have a glorious opportunity to reconstruct them from scratch, with newfound wisdom. Emotionally, it could be the result of meaningful conversation,

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That Bungee Thing!
Are you getting what YOU need/want out of WCS? Get specific guidance for your specific set of needs and goals. #wcscoachscorner #behonest #westiewellbeing

What do you WANT?

And now for a little practical philosophy.Ask yourself: What do you really want in West Coast Swing? Social More people asking me to dance Confidence A social network Acceptance/inclusion Attractiveness/dating Admiration Identity Competition public success improvement trophies fame/status achievement (points) Skills Competence Mastery Challenge Self-expression through dance Kinesthetic/Sensory Satisfaction  Community more people to dance with

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What do you WANT?