This ain't your typical Intensive...

Are you ready to make your
learning faster,
partners happier,
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.

How?

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...

What is the Swing Literacy Development Method?

As master teachers and teacher trainers, we developed the Swing Literacy Development Method based on our lifetime of diversified dance training, research and certification in dance pedagogy, and decades of teaching and coaching experience.

We offer a suite of online programs for dancers and teachers to transform the way they learn and teach WCS. What makes the difference is that unlike traditional dance instruction, we use a proven progressive skill development approach.

This means we integrate physical education skills into WCS learning, and teach it in a fun and surprisingly accessible way, in a magic order that builds sustainable foundations. So you can learn any style of WCS better, faster, and easier.

Get a taste with the Swing Literacy Intensive

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.

What is the Swing Literacy effect?

When you apply the Swing Literacy Method to your dancing,
the effects are immediate, incredible, and inspiring:

  • Your partner's face lights up as they feel the immediate difference
  • You feel more like you're really "dancing" not just "marching"
  • You hear technique instruction differently and it becomes more fun

  • You get asked to dance more, and partners seem happier
  • Your old material works better, and you learn new material faster
  • You finally progress to the next level you've been chasing

Is it for me?

    • Dedicated Learners

      You have a growth mindset and can handle “undergoing construction”. You acknowledge that “you don’t know what you don’t know” and are hungry for feedback.

    • Struggling Students

      You’ve been feeling blocked, but you’re ready to step out of your rut and make your dance feel more functional, comfortable, creative, and desirable to partners!

    • Accountable Teachers

      You’re an accomplished dancer or teacher who appreciates technique and professional development, and you are shopping for the best methods to teach West Coast Swing.

    Which version do you want in on?

    Tell your studio, Swing Club, or favourite event promoter that you want Myles & Tessa to run their Swing Literacy Intensive there ASAP! Then send them the link to this page.

    Watch for upcoming Swing Literacy Intensives being promoted on our Facebook Page

    At Dance Events (3 hours)

    We’ve often taught workshops at events and noticed skills that the attendees are missing, and thought, "If only we had them for 3 hours, we could really make a dramatic difference". The progressive skill development approach we use in The Swing Literacy Intensive makes a dramatic difference.

    Full Weekend (8-10 hours)

    This immersion experience is a powerful way to revitalize, recharge, and reset your entire dance school or community. Everyone at all levels hears the same material at the same time, then gets trained on how to exchange feedback about it and practice it later so the learning continues long after the weekend is over.


    When possible, trained Swing Literacy teachers attending the event are invited to participate as teaching assistants. Guided by us and amplifying our instruction, they coach participants with one-on-one feedback throughout the Intensive.

    Part of your Swing Literacy certification

    Teachers' Certification Credit

    By participating in the Swing Literacy Intensive, teachers enrolled in the SLDM Teaching Practicum component earn credit towards their Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program certification. The rest of this 40-hour program is delivered ONLINE. Learn more:

    Dancer Certification Credit

    **Coming soon** Dancers enrolled in the Dancer Development Program earn credit for their participation in the Swing Literacy Intensive, which goes towards their certification. Curious about this? Sign up to receive info and updates when this is ready to launch!

    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

    Sponsor Your Teacher

    Would you love to see your local teacher(s) benefit from this kind of training? Know an up-and-coming dancer with teaching ambitions you would like to support?

    Many teachers would love to get training like this, but struggle to afford it.

    It's possible for you, as an individual or as an organization to sponsor their tuition for either the Swing Literacy Intensive, or for the Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program. Contact us for details.

    You're in excellent hands:

    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