How does it work?
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.
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:
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?
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