Learn Modern Swing dance in Vancouver
Get started with this slick, dynamic, improvised partner dance with an accelerated method that will have you dancing cool, comfortable, and confident in just weeks.
Registration now open for
Intro to West Coast Swing
@ Dance Vancouver
Quick preview of West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing is the most modern version of all the Swing dances. It is not a Ballroom dance, but rather a direct descendant of Lindy Hop that has infused other dance styles such as Hip Hop, Hustle, Contemporary, and Zouk.
Here's what Beginners look like after dancing for a few months
How to start learning West Coast Swing
For the best possible start, join us for SwingSoul Sundays at the new Dance Vancouver studio!
Nobody is born knowing how to dance West Coast Swing. It doesn't matter if you have years of classical training or you have two left feet - everyone needs to take lessons in order to learn. No one expects you to know anything about dancing before you start - that's what the lessons are for!
Everyone starts in a group class called Intro to West Coast Swing, where you will learn foundational skills and basic patterns you need to be able to dance competently and confidently.
Starting the first Sunday of every month.
Couples or singles welcome.
Welcome! If you're new, start here!
This class is for the absolute beginner, or dancers from other styles wanting to learn West Coast Swing. You'll learn way more than just standard basic patterns: you'll get a well-rounded set of skills that will help you feel successful and confident sooner and have more fun!
A new 4-week series class starts on the first Sunday of each month. Only 3 weeks in July 4, 11, 18
Once dancers can check off all the skills and patterns in the Intro to WCS Checklist, they can move into the next class: Essential Patterns.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do classes start?
There will be a series of classes starting each month. Like our Facebook page to get notified when registration opens up.
Do I need a partner to sign up with?
Nope! There will be a mix of couples and singles. No partner required.
Do I have to switch partners?
WCS is a social dance, meaning everyone dances with everyone for one song at a time, so you switch partners constantly during the class. But if you have COVID concerns, we are temporarily allowing couples to stay together if they prefer.
What if I am an experienced dancer but new to WCS?
We are excited to welcome you! Intro class is still the perfect place for you because we'll teach you which skills you can use directly and which ones you'll need to modify and how.
What if I want to learn faster?
If you know you learn better one-to-one or would like to accelerate your progress, contact us to discuss options for customized training programs.
How long do I stay in the Intro class for?
WCS classes are not something you take once and are done. Dancers stay Intro class until they can pass a skills assessment for the next level, which is WCS-A. How long this take will vary with every dancer, but can range between a few weeks to a few months.
You're in good hands
Learn from Master Teachers
As Canadian West Coast Swing Champions, Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe are the highest ranked and most decorated WCS dancers outside of the US, currently ranked 2nd on the international WCS circuit.
Myles is classically trained with a lifetime of dance, having learned over 60 dances and has successfully competed in the majority of them.
Tessa's background is in teaching, sport coaching, and instructional design, and university degrees in both Kinesiology and Education.
Based in Vancouver, they've been teaching for a combined 50 years of teaching and coaching experience (despite their youthful appearance!), and have been a powerhouse teaching team touring globally since 2002.
What makes these classes different?
Myles & Tessa created the Swing Literacy Development Method, which helps dancers learn WCS faster, better, and easier than traditional partner dance classes by using a progressive skills-first approach.
This means you will "get it" sooner, have more fun sooner, and really feel like you're dancing and not just marching through patterns & steps.
Classes will be taught by a rotating stable of teachers who are trained in this Swing Literacy method, so you can rely on consistent quality of instruction, vocabulary, and methodology in all classes.
Learn more about WCS
We encourage you to learn more about the big wide world of this fascinating,
kinesthetically satisfying, addictive social dance!
To help you avoid wasting time going down the rabbit hole,
here are some resources to focus your exploration.