What is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing was born in North America as a social, street dance that evolved over time from Lindy Hop (also known as East Coast Swing). As a newer dance, West Coast Swing is ever-adapting and has evolved beyond “traditional swing music” to accommodate new styles of dance. Today, this modern form of swing looks different depending on the style of the dancer, but maintains the same core foundation that makes WCS what it is. Now, it’s loved by those who dance it for its versatility in music (from radio hits, to jazz, blues, hip-hop, slow contemporary…) and location (from the social floor to your neighbourhood bar).

Both leaders and followers alike love it for the room for improvisation and rhythmic/lyrical interpretation, and is noted as one of the partner dances with the most freedom out there today. West Coast Swing has crossed the globe to Europe and Asia, making it a worldwide phenomenon that puts a smile on people’s faces.

About West Coast Swing Amsterdam

Pure passion for West Coast Swing is at the heart of our dance academy. Started in 2012, this 100% WCS school specializes in individual and group development and in growing the West Coast Swing community in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands. Our focus? Making sure our Westie community has a ton of fun learning this magical partner dance and getting the mainstream dance audience hooked on WCS too!

Gordon Mac Donald - West Coast Swing teacherGordon Mac Donald

Gordon has been dancing, teaching, and traveling for West Coast Swing since 2012. With a background in HipHop, Blues, Salsa, Bachata, and Zouk, Gordon’s West Coast Swing career started in Budapest where he decided to drop all other dances to completely plunge into this beautiful dance. He developed by taking lessons from the best WCS teachers from the United States and Europe, which inspired him even more to focus his energy on the Dutch dance community.

Gordon is a WSDC Intermediate and the only Advanced GPDIA West Coast Swing certified teacher in the Netherlands. His goal is focused on the easiest way to create connection and elasticity between the two partners, with a strong focus on musicality. Gordon gives workshops, private lessons, bootcamps and regular lessons on request (use the contact form to reach him).


West Coast Swing Amsterdam is a dance academy under the “PureSwing Dance” brand, which also organizes other professional WCS events in Europe. More information on that can be found on the PureSwing Dance website.