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“I have taken lessons and workshops with both Myles and Tessa and have been impressed with their professional approach to teaching. Having come from a long history of “other” dance forms it was refreshing to be welcomed and encouraged to explore the script of West Coast Swing and then to be enthusiastically encouraged to incorporate my knowledge from my previous career in ballet, tap, contemporary, flamenco, jazz..SOOOO much fun! Their honesty and support in growing up in WCS is valuable to all and certainly appreciated by me.”
“When we watch Myles and Tessa dance we are inspired! We see movement and expression in their dancing that is exciting, musical, interpretative and emotionally moving. The technique and dance skills a student learns is exactly what they use themselves. We see things we want to emulate and through their privates and intensive workshops they help students to do so in their own way and by using proper body mechanics to make it work for the student. They instil great technique, offer great advice, and explain dance movement theory that seems to make sense to our bodies.”
“What I love about lessons with Tessa is her really interesting way of teaching. She never says : “Stop thinking, just do this shape like that because I told you to”. Instead, she takes the time to ask you the right questions to guide you to think for YOURSELF about your dance. This self-analysis makes me understand my own body mechanics, and learn even faster! Now every time I leave the ballroom, it’s always with a big smile because I had a lot of fun and also because I discovered something new about my way of dancing. It’s always like a revelation.”
We hope you find our newly renovated website easier to navigate and loaded with goodies: Blog, history, downloadable videos, and more. We invite you to delve deep - this rich, invaluable, free resource site is current and updated regularly.
WCS TEACHERS (and aspiring teachers): Make a resolution to seek out professional development this year, and watch your students catch fire! This is NOT just for new teachers! We are proud to be offering our unique Teacher Development Course: the Swing Literacy Development Method (SLDM) next week at Palm Springs and the following week at Sweet Side of Swing in Atlanta. Here's a testimonial excerpt from a recent graduate (All-Star level dancer and new teacher): "I never imagined it could be like this! When I signed up, I expected a what-to-do training session; how to teach the basics, and in what order. To my surprise, they didn’t give us any of this information. They didn’t freely hand us a syllabus or tell us how to teach an 8-week series. They gave us the tools to answer these questions for ourselves. This was not a lesson in how to replicate M&T in dance, nor in teaching any particular "style". In fact, they avoided preaching subjective, personal opinions like the plague. This was a lesson in how to break down complex material into manageable building blocks, and how to scaffold learning in order to give the student the best possible shot at retaining the material. I learned to question everything, myself, and *why* something works or does not work. I learned that while a student must experience success to feel compelled to learn more, there are alternatives to teaching pattern footwork to a beginner in order to give them a manageable task. Many alternatives! Teaching is so much more than directing a class - here I learned real pedagogy. Myles & Tessa, you are truly masters of your trade. Thank you!” ... See MoreSee Less
Teacher Development Course: Swing Literacy Development Method Canadian Champions Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe have over 40 years of teaching/coaching experience between them in a diversified portfolio of arts, sports. Tessa is also a retired National Development coach and a practicing sc…