Classes

Whether you’re looking to try partner dancing or grow in your journey as a West Coast Swing dancer, our goal is to help you improve your skills and become more confident on the dance floor. One of the most common ways to do this? With weekly classes and practice! Check our WCS calendar for the next course start date.

At West Coast Swing Amsterdam, we offer a complete series of instruction designed to help you develop your technique, have more fun on the social floor, and (if you’re interested in competing) do better in WSDC competitions. Classes run throughout the year, with every series containing 8 weekly classes. Here are the levels and what you can expect to learn in each series:

Beginners Fundamental Class

For beginners to West Coast Swing who are not familiar with the fundamentals, for former Westie dancers who are getting back into it, and for experienced Westies looking to enhance their basics. This is the minimum you need for your West Coast Swing dancing. After this series you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic 6- and 8-count structure
  • Understand both leaders’ and followers’ connection and footwork
  • Understand the basic side pass, push, and rotational patterns
  • Dance to any type of song during social dance evenings

Intermediate Level 1 Class

For dancers who have completed the Fundamentals class or have completed a WCS basics course elsewhere previously. After this series you will be able to:

  • Create variations on basic patterns
  • Understand the rolling count
  • Create partner connection during your dance
  • Create different starter-step options, with a focus on fluent transition between patterns
  • Participate in WSDC Newcomer and Novice Jack ‘n Jill competitions

Intermediate Level 2 Class

For dancers who have completed at least one series of Intermediate Level 1 or have the instructor’s permission. After this series you will be able to:

  • Create variations based on your interpretation of the music
  • Create your own ladies’ and men’s styling
  • Design your own musical interpretation of lead and follow
  • Participate in Novice Jack ‘n Jill competitions

Intermediate Level 3 Class

For dancers who have completed at least one series of Intermediate Level 2 or have the instructor’s permission. After this series you will be able to:

  • Influence pattern intentions during the dance
  • Show bodyflight during your dance
  • Design your own musical interpretation, separately from your partner’s
  • Create musical intention during your social dance

Advanced Level 1 Class

For dancers who have completed at least one series of Intermediate Level 3 or have the instructor’s permission. After this series you will be able to:

  • Create your own patterns
  • Incorporate a visible personal styling
  • Hit phrase changes
  • Design your own WCS dance choreography

Not sure which level you belong in? Come to our next Open Day or let us know if you want to drop by one of the classes to try it out and chat with the instructor! Send us a message on Facebook or via our contact form to let us know you’d like to swing by!

Click here to view our calendar

Course Details & Registration

Location

Mirror Center
Ter Gouwstraat 3
1093 JX Amsterdam
(Google maps link)

Course Fee

Per 8-week series:

Early Bird: €95 without partner / €180 per couple
* Early bird price is valid up until 1 week before the course start date (see calendar for course start dates).
Door Price: €105 without partner / €200 per couple

Registration

Register using the form below. The payment information is below it.


Payment can be transferred to:

Name: G.J.E. Mac Donald
IBAN: NL86 INGB 0758 6768 91
tov: “WCS Amsterdam course [level]”

Private Lessons

No matter what your level is in West Coast Swing, another way to improve your skills is through private lessons. (Here’s an article about when it’s time for private lessons.) Book a 1-on-1 session with Gordon, whose knowledge stretches from laying down the basic patterns to developing your skills up to an intermediate or advanced competition level. If you’re interested, fill out the contact form!