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Westie Night – February 17th
About the Club
Fort Wayne West Coast Swing is a swing club dedicated to teaching authentic-style West Coast Swing.
We’re a community of dancers with a wide diversity in skill-levels, personalities, and backgrounds.
We constantly strive to help our community improve their dancing and give them the environment for which to grow and challenge themselves.
About Fort Wayne West Coast Swing
We are a West Coast Swing club in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area that provides lessons, dances, and other resources to help dancers of all skill levels learn and master the art of West Coast Swing.
We host regular Westie Nights that provide Beginner or Intermediate lessons with a dance dedicated to West Coast Swing music to give you the opportunity to practice what you know, what you learned, and to give you a space to experiment with your dancing.
Our lessons are designed to be inclusive to all dancers, regardless of experience. You don’t need prior dance experience or a dance partner to get started. We rotate partners during our lessons, giving everyone a chance to practice the lesson with another Westie and meet new people in the process.
Our open dance during our Westie Nights give you an opportunity to practice what was taught during the lesson and to otherwise practice West Coast Swing in a “social dance” setting! We want our parties to encourage you as a dancer, whether you’re new or experienced, to experiment with musicality, try new things, work on technique and fundamentals, and most importantly connect your fellow Westies!
Not sure what West Coast Swing is? Check out a few of the videos below!
If you’re interested in learning this smooth, playful, and creative style of swing dancing, stop by during our next event or send us a message with any questions!
We have a Facebook Group that everyone is welcome to join and it’s where you’ll find notices of all upcoming events.
We aim at building a community that loves to dance, wants to express themselves musically, that honors individuality, is inclusive of all dancing skill levels, and so much more.
What Is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing is a style of swing partner dancing that is danced to a wide variety of musical styles. From modern/contemporary music (on the radio and in clubs) to blues to R&B, and more, West Coast Swing focuses on musicality and interpreting the music (known as improvisation or “playing”) within the dance.
West Coast Swing consists of primarily 6 and 8 count patterns, where nearly every pattern can be creatively modified on the fly by +/- 2 beats. Many West Coast Swing dancers (Westies) love this type of swing dance because of its musicality and the opportunity for both the leader and the follower to interpret the music and “play” within the music. If you like the idea of an interactive and engaging dance that allows you and your partner to express yourself musically, you’ll love West Coast Swing!
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