Are you ready to make your
and dances ROCK?
and dances ROCK?
In this paradigm-shifting small-group workshop, Myles & Tessa deliver key techniques in a unique, entertaining and accessible way, leaving you better able to connect and apply material you have collected from other dance training. Permanent improvement guaranteed.
They fill in the gaps in your foundation that are holding you back, and literally transform how you learn new material in WCS.
It's all about the method. And that's just the beginning...
You know how everyone throws around the phrase "quality of movement"? Like when a teacher or judge says, "You've got your basics down, but you need to work on your quality of movement". What does that really mean? How can you work on something you can't really define?
We'll define it for you. But we won't just define it: we'll build it on you, so you have a structure and plan to practice it on your own.
No patterns; just the technique you've been searching for.
The Swing Literacy Intensive is progressive, (meaning the skills build on each other in a very intentional and effective way), we know the dancers who attend will see a permanent shift in the way they learn, practice, and grow their WCS, regardless of the style they prefer.
The SDLM course for me was like a eureka moment, finally understanding what I had been missing. As a WCS dancer, so many long-time outstanding questions were immediately satisfied. Having a path connecting the common ideas together, often in logical causal ways, creating real understanding, gives a real level of confidence to build my dance on. I couldn't recommend this course more highly, to both existing teachers and students alike: in the hope that future dancers find their feet more strongly, more rapidly, avoiding much of the uncertainty as a beginning dancer. The ideas and concepts in the material are so effective and make so much sense, one might wonder why this isn't the standard for all. For me, after a long time being in a plateau, it gave a new sense of satisfaction, and paved the way to a better more enriching dance experience.Ian Manson
Canadian Swing Champions, Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham Munroe
Myles brings a classical dance training background, 6 UCWDC World Championship titles, Karate, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, golf and motorcycle racing to the table, and considers himself an eternal student of manipulating kinetics for sport and art
Myles is so passionate about improving his craft, he literally has a tattoo that reads, “Technique prevents the body from limiting the soul’s expression”. His studies in all of these non-dance fields, along with being classically trained and studying the inner workings of over 14 different dances, is a huge part of what made it possible for him and Tessa to create the SLDM.
Tessa’s academic background started with competitive swimming, where she received National Coaching Certification, created a Coach Training Program, graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Kinesiology, and started an Olympic-track coaching career, all before returning to school to complete her Bachelor of Education.
Tessa has been professionally practicing physical education, movement analysis, and pedagogy for the past 27 years, and this constant training in “how to teach” was the other huge factor that allowed Myles and Tessa to create such a powerful and effective program (SLDM).
As currently active, highly decorated WCS Champions and master teacher trainers, Myles and Tessa have traveled the world accumulating, studying, and analyzing a variety of teaching resources in order to narrow down the elements the most successful ones all have in common. Myles and Tessa hunt for the best and worst methods available, analyze why they work (or don't), and diligently research and test any new methods against physical education best practices, to produce a current, curated, comprehensive collection. Through teaching thousands of group classes and private lessons, and a variety of workshops and intensives, they have already tested their methods on real students many thousands of times.
Swing Literacy is the product of all of this research and development.
“We are in the business of R&D for teaching West Coast Swing, and making Swing Literacy the gold standard for West Coast Swing teaching.” - Myles and Tessa