Classes

Burlington Westie classes are taught on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at the North End Studios. Classes begin on the first Tuesday of the month and continue for four weeks. There are typically three classes each week. Admission covers any combination of classes, and the after class social dancing. Beginners are welcome to come early to watch and/or try intermediate classes.

An example schedule:
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Classes are also listed on our google calendar.

Admission

4 Week Series: $46, Students $32 (8 hours of class, 4+ hours of dancing)
Drop In: $16, Students $11, Social Dancing only $5

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October Classes

4 Week Series, Tuesday evenings, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Schedule

7pm Intermediate West Coast Swing – Own Your Intermediate Patterns and Technique Like a Boss, Set 2!
8pm Beginner West Coast Swing – with Olivia
8pm Advanced West Coast Swing – Communication is King in WCS, with Hannah & Ryan
9pm After Class Dancing

In Intermediate West Coast Swing, Hannah and Ryan have identified ANOTHER handful of beloved patterns from our Intermediate level classes and the critical techniques to really own our leading and following of those patterns. Whether you’re taking Intermediate for the first time or taking it for the 20th time, you will take something away with you from this series.

In Beginner West Coast Swing, Olivia is teaching us the core techniques of West Coast Swing, and showing how to use them in our basic patterns and connection. No Partner or experience necessary! Take it again to pick up on the techniques you missed while focusing on your feet and steps. Or try taking it again as the opposite role; cross training will also improve your dancing of your preferred role.

In Advanced West Coast Swing, Hannah and Ryan will be delivering a mix of new/rare patterns and comprehensive technique aimed at focusing into better communication between both partners in the dance.  In addition to receiving new patterns, leaders will be challenged to maximize how early they indicate what will happen next for their follows through “Lead Projection”.  Follows will enjoy the flexibility of movement they are offered this month. Musicality and playfulness will be further explored with an added emphasis on how follows can speak to their leaders, and how their leaders will listen and understand.  This makes our dancing livelier, more dynamic, and fun!  Conversation is King in West Coast Swing.
If you’re unsure about if you’re ready for this advanced topic. Please see the FAQs at the bottom of this page under “Am I ready for the Intermediate/Advanced classes?

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September Classes

4 Week Series, Tuesday evenings, September 5th, 12th, 19nd, 26th

Schedule
7pm Intermediate West Coast Swing – Own Your Intermediate Patterns and Technique Like a Boss!
8pm Beginner West Coast Swing – with Theron
8pm Advanced West Coast Swing – Tempo Tantrum!
9pm After Class Dancing

In Intermediate West Coast Swing, Hannah and Ryan have identified a handful of beloved patterns from our Intermediate level classes and the critical techniques to really own our leading and following of those patterns.  Whether you’re taking Intermediate for the first time or taking it for the 20th time, you will take something away with you from this series.

In Beginner West Coast Swing, Theron is teaching us the core techniques of West Coast Swing, and showing how to use them in our basic patterns and connection. No Partner or experience necessary!  Take it again to pick up on the techniques you missed while focusing on your feet and steps.  Or try taking it again as the opposite role; cross training will also improve your dancing of your preferred role.

In Advanced West Coast Swing, Hannah and Ryan are having a Tempo Tantrum! We aren’t changing the speed of our songs, but rather, the speed we move to them.  Accelerations and decelerations help make West Coast Swing fun and dynamic!  We’ve picked out a different pattern as the base for each class to build and apply the technique upon.  These patterns will jazz up a leader’s repertoire and provide follows with more opportunities to style.  Fun but careful time and practice will be given in class so that dancers of both roles can execute these various speed changes effectively.
If you’re unsure about if you’re ready for this advanced topic.  Please see the FAQs at the bottom of this page under “Am I ready for the Intermediate/Advanced classes?”

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FAQ

Do I need a partner?
No! Our classes are open to everyone and we rotate partners frequently. You will meet and practice with a wide variety of dancers.

How do I register?
Come to the first class and pay by cash, check (Burlington Westie), or credit card (2.75% fee).

Where do I sign in?
Everyone signs in at the front desk in Studio A.

I missed the first class, can I start the second week?
Yes! You may start a series on the second week or pay the Drop In rate for any class in a series. If you’re starting late or dropping in, it is your responsibility to catch up. Our instructors do not re-teach material from previous weeks if the rest of class is ready to move on.

What should I bring?
Bring clean shoes to dance in and a water bottle. Change into your dance shoes at the studio to keep the soles clean and protect the dance floor from dirt and moisture.

What shoes should I wear?
Dig through your closet for something that is low friction, lightweight, and comfortable. Try spinning on a smooth floor, the more rotation the better. Avoid grippy rubber soles!

High heels feel unstable when dancing West Coast Swing, so most westies wear low chunky heels or flats.

The best place to buy dance shoes is at large weekend events where you can try on dozens of styles. If you just want something to get started, we recommend the old “classic” style TOMS. TOMS are great dance shoes because they’re lightweight, spin great, and only cost $50. You can find them at Journeys in the University Mall. Once you know your size you can also order online. If you have a choice go for lightweight materials.

Am I ready for the Intermediate/Advanced classes?
Class levels define the difficulty of the material, not the level of the students in the class. We allow you to self select class levels, with the caveat that you read and follow the guidelines below. This is what we expect each of our class levels to already know:

Intermediate West Coast Swing – Identify the downbeat and upbeat in the music, and start each pattern on the downbeat with the correct foot
– Understand 6 count and 8 count rhythm patterns, and the difference between a double and a triple
– Connect comfortably in open
– Demonstrate the footwork for a Left Side Pass, Underarm Pass, Push Break, and Whip without a partner
– Dance a Left Side Pass, Underarm Pass, Push Break, and Whip with a partner
Advanced West Coast Swing – All of the Intermediate requirements (Mandatory!)
– Identify and dance on the beat in a wide variety of West Coast Swing music
– Use safe muscle groups and posture when connecting in open and closed
– Comfortable with a majority of the intermediate patterns: Starter Step, Inside Roll, Push Tuck, Passing Tuck, Reverse Whip, Whip with Outside Turn
Intermediate Fusion – Can easily find and stay on the beat
– Connect comfortably in open and closed
– Lead/follow inside and outside turns and rotation
– Comfortable traveling the floor in closed
Advanced Fusion – All of the Intermediate requirements
– Hear and predict music patterns while dancing
– Dance on different multiples of the beat
– Connect comfortably in close embrace
– Share a spin axis smoothly and safely
– Travel the floor in varied connections/positions/directions

Can my partner and I dance together the entire class instead of rotating?
Sure, but we encourage students to rotate. Couples who get the feedback of dancing with a variety of partners learn faster and have more enjoyable social dances together. If you wish to opt out of the rotation, let the instructors know and make it clear to the other students.

I predominantly lead/follow, is it okay if retake the beginner series as a follow/lead?
Yes! We love when our advanced students invest the time to learn the opposite role. It dramatically improves their understanding of the dance and helps us balance out leader/follower ratios. The majority of high-level dancers are fluent in both leading and following.