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That Bungee Thing!

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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, […]

What do you WANT?

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And now for a little practical philosophy. Ask yourself: What do you really want in West Coast Swing? Take a moment before answering: your readily available answer might be keeping you from being honest with yourself, which might be sabotaging your ability to have your needs met. Many dancers approach us seeking advice, from all […]

Tactical Social Dancing: Part 1

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“What should you do if…”, “What happens when…”, “How can I handle…”, “How do I deal with…” These are all questions that students of all levels batter their teachers with. They are tactical questions – they ask for circumstantial advice, or recommendations for particular situations that have to do with not just the physical side […]

Drills Gone Wild

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It’s nice to see students all over the world taking the initiative to practice on their own. Practice of personal movement skills is part of a balanced diet of partner dance learning and skill development, regardless of your ambition level.  We are strong advocates of “homework”: once you learn your skills in your lesson, you […]

How to Use YouTube to Learn WCS

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YouTube is a great source of inspiration, but for the most part, a horrible teaching tool. It requires too much conversion, and there is no substitute for hands-on learning. But since many of you insist on it, let’s offer some observation strategies to get what you can out of it. Our Shared History with YouTube […]

How to Run a Peer Practica

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Do you live in a community where there’s not a lot of dance resources? (dancers/dance parties/instructors) Do you want to supplement your existing lessons with extracurricular practice? Do you want to make sure that you are not reinforcing bad habits? Do you crave feedback to know that you are on the right track? Feedback: The […]

It’s Not Like Wine

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I had a student say to me recently, “I so badly want to take private lessons from a Champion like you. I hope someday soon I will be good enough.” “Pardon?” I queried, confused. “Good enough?” He stared at me with a blank expression, baffled about why I was questioning his apparently obvious reasoning. I […]