How can we learn and teach West Coast Swing better?
We need something more than one more philosophy of how to dance WCS. This game-changing method and innovative curriculum makes a profound difference in how you teach how to learn to dance, so you and your students learn faster, regardless of your chosen style or philosophy.
- New students consistently achieve competence exponentially faster than the average new learner.
- Beginner classes who learned the Swing Literacy method execute more fluid, ergonomic, consistent basics by the end of their first series
than their Intermediate class peers who learned the traditional way.
- Experienced students have flourished, making more progress in one handful of privates than they did in years of group and private lessons.
- Graduates report regularly that their new SLDM skills have completely transformed their teaching practice, revolutionized their dance school business, and most importantly, have produced happier, less frustrated students. Read what people are saying
Join hundreds of teachers worldwide enjoying higher student retention, faster student progress, and a more positive dance community!
What’s missing from my West Coast Swing development?
How to Learn
You learned to dance, but are you sure you learned how to LEARN how to dance? If we used the same learning strategies you use in other skills like sports, reading, and music, it would be so much easier. It’s not too late to learn how to learn, so you can learn more efficiently and effectively any style you choose.
Fundamentals, not basics
There is a whole world of skills that are more basic than basic patterns. They are called Fundamental Movement Skills, and while they are the essential core of every sport and physical activity, they are the most neglected and underestimated part of learning West Coast Swing.
Progressive skill development
You have collected an assortment of advice and tips from various instructors, but they are disassociated and sometimes conflict! Get the big picture, find out how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together, do some renovations, and start to reconstruct your dance to move forward.
Real technique, from day one
Traditional methods skip over technique in favour of patterns and footwork. Students need to start building authentic technique right from their first day. Students who are empowered with technique early on learn to value it over patterns and are better equipped to add skills and style later on.
Ever wish there was a clear curriculum for WCS?
Swing Literacy Development Method (SLDM)
Comprehensive training system
Way beyond a workshop, each SLDM program is comparable to a university course with extensive interactive online coursework, assignments, and practical application projects.
Globally proven method
Based on the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program, following globally proven standards to develop both recreational and competitive athletes effectively and efficiently.
The power of a skill development approach
It’s not what you learn, it’s how and when. This method prioritizes skill learning and puts patterns in their place, while keeping students hooked and progressing faster.
The foundation behind all styles
Instead of promoting any one particular WCS style, the SLDM goes way beyond the debatable steps and style of the dance to teach the common (yet neglected) fundamentals behind all styles.
Raising Swing-literate dancers
Under the SLDM, dancers learn authentic skills rather than imitating rote patterns. This deep learning gives them access to more flexibility, adaptability, and faster progress, which leads to more fun.
Beyond the business
Backed by education training, kinesiology, and coaching science, the SLDM tackles the big subjects of pedagogy (science of teaching), biomechanics, and skill development in an accessible way.
How can the SLDM help my dancing?
- Get a deeper understanding of the fundamentals and assess your own
- Fill in the gaps in your foundation skills
- Unlock movements and patterns that have been challenging you
- Become a safer, more desireable partner:
- Enjoy competitive progress and increased social dance popularity
- Breakthrough plateaus in your dance progress
- Renovate and upgrade your dance skillset
- Move more ergonomically and efficiently, with less pain and effort
- Understand why you have trouble learning certain things
- Give structure and organization to the assortment of advice you have collected
- Provide a progressive training vehicle you can build on: Get a taste in the live Swing Literacy Intensive
How can the SLDM help my teaching?
Which program is for me?
Choose from 3 different teacher training certification programs, (Grades 1-3) and a Dancer Development Certification. The Dancer Development Program and the Professional Development Program will be launched in early 2018. Learn more about the Teacher Education Program below.
Live, open workshop at select events. Can be done anytime.
Online coursework tailored for each program.
Online coaching over the course of 1 year. Interactive custom projects designed to assist in applying the SLDM in real teaching.
AllStar and Champion dancers with significant teaching experience
SLDM Grade 3 Certification
16 credits required
6 Units online, with assignments
Choice of projects tailored to individual needs
Pre-requisite: Theory Module for Teachers
Master Instructor Trainers
Canadian Champions Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe have over 40 years of teaching/coaching experience between them in a diversified portfolio of arts and sports. Tessa is also a National Development coach and coach trainer, and a practicing school teacher with degrees in both Kinesiology and Education. By collaborating with Myles’ extensive and diverse classical dance training and World Championship titles, they have created the most comprehensive teacher training program in the West Coast Swing world. See a complete Bio
Get a taste
See for yourself how the SLDM works before you commit:
Payable Every Month
Take advantage of professional feedback on your teaching: M&T silently observe your class and prepare feedback notes then deliver them to you live afterwards.
Payable Every Year
Wondering if your series plan and content are on the right track? Request a syllabus review and M&T will provide email feedback you can use to make it even better.
One Time Payment
The rite of passage for every dancer, this live workshop offered at select events is a game changer. It turns your WCS upside down, shakes it a bit, then reassembles it in a more effective structure.
The core fundamentals behind all styles
Myles and Tessa’s extensive experience in teaching and competing in this dance gives them an authoritative insight into the questions of: “What is WCS and what is the best way to teach it?” Their approach unifies the worlds of contemporary and classic WCS by identifying the essential core of the dance and the best ways to teach those core skills. Once students have mastered these core principles they can easily learn both classic and contemporary WCS patterns while maintaining good technique.
Developed my independence
It’s an intuitive ground-up approach to teaching that doesn’t spoon feed you what to say and provides some useful tools and perspectives for planning your own lessons.
I consider Myles and Tessa to be invaluable instructor role models. My own effectiveness as a teacher has improved because of their coaching. Their terminology and keywords are accessible – they make these concepts so easy to remember and explain to my own classes. I always feel that I’ve gotten high value instruction when I work with Myles and Tessa and can’t thank them enough for their coaching.
Way better than “winging it”!
I felt like this program gave me a very solid way to break down concepts, and gave me a solid sequence which is easy to stick to in each lesson. This also helped increase my confidence as a teacher a lot, because I used to just try to “wing it” and teach based on what I saw, and this program helped me have a good idea for what elements I should be teaching right away. It also encouraged me not to shy away from more advanced concepts for beginners, which I felt like has allowed me to teach better, keep students interest better, and produce students that are doing the dance better.
I never imagined it could be like this!
When I signed up for this program, I expected a what-to-do training session; how to teach the basics, and in what order. To my surprise, they didn’t give us any of this information. Yes, there was a metric ton of materials provided, but they gave us the tools to answer these questions for ourselves.
This was not a lesson in how to replicate Myles & Tessa in dance, or in teaching style. In fact, they avoided preaching subjective, personal opinions like the plague. This was a lesson in how to break down complex material into manageable building blocks, and how to scaffold learning in order to give the student the best possible shot at retaining the material. I learned to question everything, myself, and *why* something works or does not work. I learned that while a student must experience success to feel compelled to learn more, there are alternatives to teaching pattern footwork to a beginner in order to give them a manageable task. Many alternatives!
I learned how to shape a more credible WCS dancer in their first 15 minutes, and how to convey the key underlying WCS techniques with relatable analogies and simple drills. This is the tip of the iceberg. Myles & Tessa, you are truly masters of your trade. I am so grateful to have you both as my coach, mentor and dance project manager. Thank you!