Brand new studio
DanceVancouver, owned by veteran Salsa pros, Patrick & Scarlet Moriarity, is now fully open at 1627 Broadway at Fir, following PHO guidelines.
This beautiful 2nd floor studio has hardwood floors, high ceilings, excellent A/C, large washrooms, and a huge, quiet lobby for conversations and hanging out. The two rooms are 1100 and 900 sq ft, and are combined for social dance parties.
With its entrance right on Broadway, it is clear of the construction zone, and has ample parking both in lots and on the street.
Before or after class, grab a bite at Earls or Tim Horton's next door or several other restaurants nearby.
Proven method built by Champions
Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham Munroe are Champion West Coast Swing dancers and master teachers. After years touring globally to teach, judge, and perform, they are finally excited to be supporting the Vancouver community in resuming classes.
They are creators of a teaching methodology called Swing Literacy which uses the science of learning to help dancers learn WCS faster and train smarter. They specialize in training dance teachers to do use it too, and tour globally delivering this system.
This means no matter what West Coast Swing class you take at DanceVancouver, you will be getting high quality instruction from trained teachers delivering the most current West Coast swing technique and style with a progressive curriculum.
A lot of people are looking for a fresh start right now. Whether it's starting a new dance hobby, or evolving your previous dance skills, or upgrading your social life in dance, Dance Vancouver is a hub where you can get more than just your standard dance classes. As the studio gains momentum, you can look forward to:
- Shared practice and private lessons during daytime hours.
- Small group practicas with guidance from coaches
- Inclusive extra-curricular social events
- Speciality workshops for all aspects of your dance life
- Performance team opportunities
- Mentorship for teachers and DJ's
September theme: FootSpeed
The next step after Intro
WEST COAST SWING A
September theme: Flow Riding
INTRO to WEST COAST SWING
Cyclical fundamental content
Open Social Dance Party
A new class series usually begins on the first Sunday of every month.
4 Sundays 7:30pm
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.
What 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!
When it starts:
A new 4-week series class starts on the first Sunday of each month, and repeats each month.
We strongly encourage dancers to sign up at the beginning of the month for the whole series, but if you want to drop-in in the middle of the month to check it out first, it's ok.
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.
Click here to learn more about beginning West Coast Swing
Pre-Requisite: Basic understanding of slot, 6- and 8-count timing, and all basic patterns.
This class is for dancers who are not brand new to WCS, and are looking to solidify their skills in learning the basic WCS patterns and several standard staple patterns needed to feel confident social dancing. This class is focused on practicing and detailing specific patterns and footwork with music.
Each class will focus on a different pattern and a few of its variations.
Includes a free skills assessment with a teacher so you can find out what skills you should be prioritizing in order to progress faster!
4 Sundays 7:30
Pre-Requisite: Basic Skills Assessment from a SwingSoul teacher
This class is for experienced WCS dancers. Includes progressive material, building fundamental movement skills, musicality, and social dancing skills from week to week, with hands-on feedback from teachers so you can feel the ideal and get it in your body.
Theme for September: Flow Riding!
Improve your body flight and flow between patterns so you can make transitions smoother and play with things like partner steals!
All dancers need to have passed their BSA (basic skills assessment) in order to access this class. Read below for more info on assessment.
Solo - no partners.
Theme for September: FootSpeed
Loads of drills, syncopations, and rhythms to challenge your timing control and speed control
WestieFlex themes will rotate. Each class is independent, with a mix of dance practice drills, musicality, agility games, and conditioning designed to support your West Coast Swing done mostly non-stop to music.
This class is open to all dancers in all styles.
Get a free skills assessment
You've been learning a mashup of skills and patterns, but how can you tell where you stand? How do you know if you're on the right track or what YOU should be working on so you can eliminate bad habits, upgrade your skills, and be a more well-rounded dancer?
Ask a SwingSoul teacher for a free 5-minute 20-point skills assessment! We'll dance with you and give you a quick prescription so you can walk away knowing which skills to focus on and how you can get them.
Want to accelerate your learning?
No matter what level you are currently at, private lessons can make a world of difference
in how fast you progress because we can customize your learning experience.
Social Dance Parties
Social dance party every Sunday open to all!
Hosted by DJ James and featuring rotating DJs.
Get your social dance fix here every Sunday 8:30-10:30pm (or later as demand increases). Included free for all registered students. $10 drop-in for all others.
*Masks and use of hand sanitizer strongly recommended
"When compared to other top-ranked professional dancers who teach, Myles & Tessa are head and shoulders above the crowd. Their ability to break down complicated technique and make it accessible even to beginners is unparalleled. And their classes are always refreshingly entertaining!"
“Great place to start your WCS journey”
As a person who got into dancing as an adult and have tried different partner dance styles i have realized that for fast learning the most important thing is good fundamentals. The best way to to get that is to choose professional dancers who have been dancing and performing for many years. Tessa's and Myles' classes are designed for fast learning, good fundamentals and teaches high quality WCS skill sets. It's a great place to start your WCS journey here.
“Pushing my creativity and communication”
As a leader, Myles and Tessa's WCS-B class at SwingSoul has helped me focus more narrowly on the cause and effect relationship between isolated and collective movements and how it affects the Follow's reaction. This step-by-step breakdown has encouraged creativity and improved communication in my dancing, discovering new pathways of movement and bolstering clarity in what I suggest to my partner. It's a refreshing relief from classes that focus strictly on patterns rather than the fundamental movement skills that exist within the pattern.
“Learned more in 1 month than in 8 months of classes”
"THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I only hope that I can convey to people considering taking dance lessons just how good you really are. In the past month you have taught me more than I learned in the last eight about connection, leading, body awareness, and actually dancing with the music. My confidence and level of dancing has improved immensely since taking your classes!"
The SwingSoul Team
Tessa cunningham Munroe
Swing Literacy Creator & Master Teacher
Tessa has been professionally practicing physical education, movement analysis, and pedagogy for the past 30 years, in the context of multiple sports and dance styles, with degrees in both Kinesiology and Education.
Myles & Tessa
Canadian West Coast Swing Champions
Partners for 20 years, Myles & Tessa have dominated the Showcase division and compete at the highest level in improvised competition. They also teach workshops, train teachers, judge and perform on the global circuit.
Swing Literacy Creator & Master Teacher
Myles has a lifetime of dance background, including classical solo dance training, Ballroom, Salsa, Theatre Arts, and 6 UCWDC World Championship titles. along with being classically trained and studying the inner workings of over 20 different dances,
Swing Literacy Trained Teacher
Dalynne has been working with Swing Literacy programs for the past 4 years and competes in the Novice division. A natural teacher, speaker, and entertainer, Dalynne is passionate about making every human feel welcome, included, and inspired.
Swing Literacy Certified Teacher
Celina's lifetime of dance training includes solo dances plus Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom, Afro-fusion, Brazilian Samba, Dancehall and West Coast Swing. As a lover of movement, she is also a registered Kinesiologist, fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Swing Literacy teacher in training
Renz has been dancing West Coast Swing for nearly a decade and is a passionate pedagogue with more than a decade of experience teaching classical music. He has performed in concert halls around the world and applies his musical knowledge into his teaching.
...and more coming soon!
Why is it called"SwingSoul"?
West Coast Swing is known as the "dancer's dance": many people explore multiple dance styles, but when they discover authentic West Coast Swing, they fall in love.
The unique freedom of West Coast Swing gets into your soul. Being able to connect and improvise dance conversations that have endless creative possibilities with any level of partner... it's addictive! It feeds your soul. And our souls are all needing some nurturing these days.
The other reason for the name is it pays homage to the history of of the dance. A descendant of Lindy Hop, a black American cultural dance, West Coast Swing has always followed current musical trends from each decade, and one of the timeless genres is Soul and R&B.
All classes at SwingSoul will include education on the history of the dance and the origin of the movements whenever possible so dancers can appreciate the source of this art form as they train in the science of the movement skills.
Our community vision
Historically, Swing dancing culture has always been inclusive: a community where everyone has equal access to fun and can be accepted and included regardless of their gender, skill level, background, shape, age, etc. Our goal is to maintain and preserve that culture, through education, modelling, and leadership.
Imagine being part of a dance community where....
Everyone recognizes you and welcomes you and you feel like you belong
You feel safe speaking up for your needs either to a partner or to the teachers
You have mentors to ask for guidance if you are unsure or need help
You view competitions as a fun challenge you can choose to access at any level
You can choose either role from the start or expand your skillset when you're ready
You have the skills to be able to create amazing dances with any dance partner
You feel supported to improve your skills and explore more training opportunities
You feel integrated into the whole Vancouver WCS scene and global WCS community
Your opinions, concerns, and needs are listened to and valued
You feel welcome to ask anyone to dance, even if you're nervous
You feel invited and welcomed into the scene as a newcomer or visitor
You know where you stand in your WCS journey and where you want to go next