Luxury WCS Retreat
Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2022
3 days & 4 nights in Los Angeles in a mansion
between the Open and TAP
getting hands-on training with Myles & Tessa
PLUS: Prepare for The After Party, a unique vax-only event
in the heartland of the WCS scene of the US.
Play this 60 second trailer video to get a sneak peek!
The in-person immersion training you've been craving
Sunday Nov 27 - Thursday, Dec 1, 2022
Enjoy an exclusive, relaxing, learning-retreat/holiday hosted by Myles & Tessa in Los Angeles: 3 days & 4 nights of hands-on WCS training, social dancing, and preparing physically and socially for the weekend event
Thursday Dec 1 - Sunday Dec 4, 2022
Attend The After Party, a unique vax-only event that is known for its inclusive atmosphere, diverse workshops, chill California vibe, and intensely rich 24-hour social dancing in West Coast Swing mecca.
The venue is a new, private, 9-bedroom mansion in an upscale neighbourhood where every room is a suite with two queen beds and space to dance in each room! There are common dance spaces, 2nd kitchen, and outdoor lounge area. In other words, lots of space for everyone to spread out!
We're really looking forward getting some in-person hang out time with you!
Plus: Free WiFi in the mansion, golf course only 5 minutes away, beaches within 35 miles, and Disneyland and Universal Studios are only 16 miles away.
The WCS Study
Imagine going on vacation and getting full access to Champion coaches
in an exclusive small group for 3 days leading up to a big event!
We will be taking the Swing Literacy content from our Challenges and Bootcamps and bringing it to life with hands-on practice and feedback in both group sessions and one-on-one.
Tessa Cunningham Munroe
Champion and Swing Literacy creator
Champion and Swing Literacy principal
AllStar and Swing Literacy Certified Teacher
This immersive experience causes you to walk away with a permanent shift in how you connect with any partner.
The retreat is semi-structured: aside from the instruction, you can set your own schedule. Lots of time for sleeping in, practicing, social dancing, and hanging out!
Evening group sessions
- Targeted tutorials
- Social games
- Quickie tutorials on topics by request
- Guided practica on connection skills
- Competition prep
30-minute private tuneup sessions
with Myles or Tessa so you can finally physically feel exactly what you've been studying and get confirmation or course correction right from the source. You will have some opportunities to observe others' tuneup sessions as well.
Social dancing & practicing
Get access to danceable hardwood floor 24 hours a day
The best part is that all of your practice buddies are there for the same purpose - to nerd-out about training smarter! So you can have those deep conversations and access to instant feedback!
Reunite with your dance family!
Finally meet up with your fellow Challengers, Bootcampers, Momentum members, and their significant others.
Lots of time to eat, chat, and hang out together without the limitations of Zoom or rushing home after a class or party.
Our retreats are level-irrelevant and gender-irrelevant.
- Both Myles and Tessa have up-to-date vaccinations
- All participants must present a negative COVID test required less than 24 hours before arriving
- Masks are optional in the mansion
- Windows will be opened for circulation as often as possible
PLUS, your Retreat INCLUDES:
The After Party (TAP)
The After Party is a vax-only WSDC event that we have been on staff for since its inception in 2007. Named "The After Party" because it always held the weekend after the US Open, and welcomes many dancers who come in to LA for the Open and extend their trip to include TAP. It typically hosts about 700 people, but are expecting limited numbers this year (which is a good thing!). Myles is Chief Judge at this event.
We personally love TAP because it lives up to its "work hard, play hard" motto: next to CSC, it has the most diverse workshop menu on the Westie circuit, encouraging Westies to cross-train in other inspiring dance styles, the competitions are ultra-relaxed and "wild is welcome", and it offers the original "Zen room": a large yet intimate space decorated and designated for chilling out to get balance in a hectic weekend.
One of the advantages of the retreat is that you will have a group of Swing Literacy teammates to bond with in advance so you can feel socially anchored at the event!
Your TAP event pass is included with the retreat!
What retreat guests have said
Myles and Tessa's WCS Dance Retreat is a brilliant idea and I highly recommend it! I was very impressed at how gentle, yet clear, they both were in their feedback and guidance. The Fireside chats and social games we awesome for bonding before the social dancing started. We had lots of free time each day to practice, relax or tour plus had time to make life long friendships. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and came away feeling rejuvenated and inspired. Thank you Myles and Tessa!!
First of all I don’t want to say too much, because I want there to be space for me on the next retreat! That aside: Spend 3 days practicing Swing Literacy concepts, catching up on your partner drills, and troubleshooting the occasional glitch in your technique in a comfy mansion and in the company of like-minded dancers. Enjoy home-cooked food (or make your own or order take out!), and get a “tune up” from Myles or Tessa as part of your retreat experience. Overall, the experience was awesome.
Before the retreat I wasn’t sure if what I had been practicing was on the right track and I didn’t know how to explain what I needed/wanted to my partner in a way they would understand. You gave me the tools to self-assess and ask for feedback to confirm when I am doing it right. I finally got to actually FEEL what it’s supposed to feel like, and getting coaching over several days was invaluable. Now I can be confident taking these new skills home and know I’m practicing them correctly. This experience increased my WCS confidence, so I feel like I now can own it.
I want in! What's next?
What you get!
- 4 nights shared accommodation in the mansion (Nov 27-Dec 1)
- Breakfast and some dinners provided
- Access to all group sessions & social dancing
- 30 minute private tuneup with Myles or Tessa
- Event pass for TAP (value: $185USD)
Momentum members get a transferrable $200 discount until Oct 8
(if you want to give your discount to a non-member, you can)
Complete this application ASAP to indicate your interest.
It asks you about your vaccination status and if you have a significant other you want to bring. No partner required.
Space is limited and will likely sell out fast.
If accepted, we will send payment information to make a deposit to secure your spot.
Catered meal plan for dinners & treats with options for your needs
Retreat and TAP travel concierge services (reservations, airport pickup, etc)
Full-service multi-angle filming & cloud storage of your private lesson
15-point Diagnostic Skills Assessment with video before and after
More details and option to purchase will be provided after registration
What will each day look like?
Daytimes will be very flexible, so you can set your own schedule. You can sleep as long as you want because we won't start anything formal before 11am. We will have a sign-up schedule for the tuneup sessions so you can plan when you want yours well in advance. You may also have the opportunity to sit in on others' sessions. We'll be providing specific connection-based practice projects that you can choose from. There will be lots of space and time to hang out, dance, and practice together.
Evenings will be more structured: we will have organized dinners (casual, buffet-style), then a group session that will involve an assortment of social games, tutorials by request, and guided group practices with specific topics. Then we will social dance till late!
Of course, all activities are optional, so if you want to spend the day at the beach and come home late when social dancing starts, you can totally do that.
What area of LA is it in?
A nice one, LOL. Rowland Heights is the name, and it is due East of downtown, and due North of Disneyland. TAP is further South past Disneyland in Irvine, next to the SNA airport.
Does my level matter?
Nope. As you have seen in our Swing Literacy programs, we find ways to challenge you at all levels, and the focus of the retreat will be on creating amazing connection with ANY partner, regardless of level.
FAQ session: 25 min video
2:00 How early can I arrive?
4:04 What should I bring? What about meals?
5:46 What will the daily schedule look like?
7:33 Pineapple sessions
12:05 What area is it in?
13:05 What's the best way to get from the airport to the mansion?
14:13 Does my level matter?
17:05 Examples of mini-tutorial topics you can vote on
20:10 Is there space/time for me to work remotely?
22:41 How do roommates get assigned?