As a dancer...
You've fallen in love with West Coast Swing.
You're doing your best to listen to your teachers, and practice your drills.
You want to be more expressed in your dance, but also want more partners
to be excited to dance with you.
And you wish you could learn faster...
...but you still feel like:
- you are not fully able to express yourself in dance
- you wish you were a more sought-after partner
- you have trouble surviving with difficult partners
- you aren’t qualifying for the levels you think you should
- your dancing is boring, or you are bored with your dance
- you've plateaued: you'll never get any better
- you feel laboured, robotic, or awkward in your movement
How does it work?
There was a problem:
When we first started teaching WCS, we followed the model of our own (awesome) teachers, and didn't question if it was the best method - it was just the method we were used to. But something never felt right. Something was missing, and we felt there must be an easier way.
We solved it:
So we started borrowing pedagogical methods from Tessa's training in teaching school and coaching sports. We taught the same West Coast Swing that everyone knows and loves. We just changed HOW we taught it and the order we taught it in.
Several years of research and testing proved that our evolving method was way more effective than the way we were taught, and way more fun for our students. Students in group classes, workshops, and private lessons were improving faster AND having more fun learning! We even used these methods to accelerate our own progress, launching us to Champion level in both improvisation and choreography competition.
The Final Product:
We really wanted to share this method so everyone can enjoy the same results and help West Coast Swing grow strong and healthy around the world! We knew it was going to revolutionize the way people learn WCS, so we didn't just create a workshop or an intensive - we produced an entire certification program for teachers, called the Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program.
It has been so successful all around the world, we created a version just for DANCERS!
Here are yours:
I was blown away by how well M&T were able to teach remotely. By demoing over video and working with the partner I wrangled to assist, they were able to diagnose and correct many (so many!) things in my dance. Surprisingly, I was also able to learn several new skills that I previously assumed required hands on training, and their frequent comp and social dance video reviews confirmed that I was on the right path.Aaron Abramowitz
I think the program is comparable to a university level course. I feel like I got a similar value from it as I did from the courses that I took during my Bachelor of Education program at university.Shannon Black
Prior to the SLDM program, we always wanted something more and knew that we lost people. Since finishing and implementing the SLDM, we are able to retain many more people and grow the dancers we already have. Our community probably doubled during the first few months of using the new program!Jessica Wrape
How much is a permanent upgrade in your dancing worth to you?
How much is it worth to you to stop struggling to improve and
start thriving and loving your own dancing?
12 months from now, how would you feel if your dance looked and felt
exactly the same?
Is this program just for newer dancers, or would it be relevant to a seasoned competitor?
The Dancer Development program is incredibly relevant to experienced dancers. Regardless of your past education, it is a unique method that requires training to understand and put into practice. Your years of experience might make you quicker at learning it, but they don't exclude you from getting an immense value from the training, because the content is not something you have likely studied before. You would be surprised how much of your dance is simply "surviving" when it could be "thriving".
How much overlap is there with the Theory Module for Teachers?
The first 3 Units are the same, but the language is aimed at dancers instead of teachers. The final 3 Units of the Theory Module for Teachers are pedagogy-based (planning, assessment, teaching skills, and dance business skills), whereas the final 3 Units of the Theory Module for Dancers expand on music skills, pattern skills, and social dance survival.
How long does it take to complete?
It depends on how focused and motivated you are. The Theory Module takes about 25 hours. We highly recommend not doing it in one sitting. There are 6 Units with 4-6 Lessons each. Each lesson might take 10-30 minutes to work through, some with a short quiz at the end.
What kind of assignments and testing will I have to do?
In the Theory Module, all of your coursework is online, inside this website. You will be able to progress at your own pace, and return to re-read material. Each lesson requires you to answer a few multiple choice questions in order to access the next lesson. There is no final exam.
Can't I just download the videos and do it offline?
No: The program is not just a bunch of instructional videos. Theory Module takes advantage of the power of an online course. It includes mostly written material, supported by videos, images, article links, and interactive quizzes to create a more thorough and balanced learning experience than simply reading a manual.
Can I register with a partner? With a group of teachers from my studio?
There are discounts when you register with a partner or group, yes. But each person takes their course independently, like a university course.
What happens after the Theory Module?
First, you receive 2 credits toward your Swing Literacy Dancer certification. You can earn the final credit and earn your certificate either by attending a Swing Literacy Intensive or by upgrading to the Fast Track program.