workshops

Swing majors:

Build Your Own Intensive! 

 

Every topic is important in your dance journey, but we recognize that it can be hard to find a focus or retain everything you learned and have it build from one workshop to another in a busy weekend. Introducing "Swing Majors", 4 customizable workshop tracks that allow you to pick a single focus in your education for the weekend in a build-your-own-adventure method. As an added bonus, each person who completes a full track will win a trophy during awards, just like our competition winners, and will be entered in a drawing for 2 free passes to our 2023 event! 

 

Following the recommended tracks is completely optional, all workshops are open to all attendees, however, anyone choosing to complete a full track and be eligible for the awards must complete in a single track:

- 4 Required classes
- 3 Elective classes
- Leveled Individual Critique Class

 

No early registration is required, just pick up your color coded Swing Major Report Card at the registration desk as you head to your first workshop. After each class, the instructors will stamp your card. Collect all your stamps and return the cards in the designated box at the registration desk on Sunday afternoon. Lose your card during the weekend? You can request your instructors stamp a replacement card by answering 3 questions about each workshop you attended. Missing just one class to complete your track? We have an additional Extra Credit class on Sunday Morning that can replace any single 1 hour workshop you miss. 
 

Our 2022 Swing Majors:
Musicality  -  Connection  -  Footwork  -  Community
 

Musicality:

 

The musicality track focuses on the creative nature of West Coast Swing. Learning how to better understand the music we dance to and how to incorporate that understanding into your dance. You’ll explore different movements and how to change and adjust your dancing to express the different songs and energies we’re trying to communicate. By taking this course you’ll be more confident in your understanding, expression and communication of the music we dance to.

 

    Required Classes: 

         - Intro to Playfulness   [Friday, 8pm: Riley Crozier]

         - Phrasing to the Music   [Saturday, 11am: Stephen Weltz & Lisa Picard]

         - Matching Your Dance to the Music   [Saturday, 1pm: Thomas Carter]

         - Listen & React to the Music   [Saturday, 4:30pm: Mia Primavera]

    Elective Classes (Pick 3 or more):

         - Acceleration & Deceleration   [Friday, 6pm: Thomas Carter]

         - Giving Impact to Small Moments   [Friday, 6pm: Lia Brown]

         - Creating & Using Momentum   [Saturday, 12pm: Lia Brown]

         - Solo Movement & Isolations   [Saturday, 12pm: Mia Primavera]

         - Adding Shapes & Angles   [Saturday, 2:30pm: Stephen Weltz & Lisa Picard]

         - Slowing Things Down   [Saturday, 3:30pm: Estelle Bonnaire]

         - Triple Step Variations   [Saturday, 3:30pm: Phoenix Grey]
 

Connection:

 

This track is all about the seen and unseen of our dance. Connection is the groundwork of West Coast Swing, it’s one of the reasons this dance is so unique. Being able to share your creativity and ideas with your partner by a flick of the wrist or increase in energy is an amazing feeling. This course will focus on how to communicate with your partner, safely introduce new ideas, listen to each other and have a genuine conversation on the dance floor.

    Required Classes:

         - Listen & React to Your Partner   [Friday, 8pm: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Active Two-Way Communication   [Saturday, 11am: Eric Jacobson]

         - Creating & Using Momentum   [Saturday, 12pm: Lia Brown]

         - Slowing Things Down   [Saturday, 3:30pm: Estelle Bonnaire]

    Elective Classes (Pick 3 or more):

         - Acceleration & Deceleration   [Friday, 6pm: Thomas Carter]

         - Roll Switching   [Saturday, 1pm: Tim Kenny & Riley Crozier]

         - Alternative Points of Connection   [Saturday, 1pm: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Adding Shapes & Angles   [Saturday, 2:30pm: Stephen Weltz & Lisa Picard]

         - Connecting With Someone New   [Saturday, 2:30pm: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Level Changes   [Saturday, 4:30pm: Stephen Weltz & Lisa Picard]

         - Fixing Your Basics   [Saturday, 4:30pm: Phoenix Grey]

Footwork:

The footwork track brings us back to our roots and grounds us in our past. We’ll incorporate some old style swing with the most current ideas to enhance your footwork and learn how to create amazing rhythms and styles to match and enhance any song. Instructors will focus on both the action and the movement behind it to perfect your technique. 

    Required Classes:

         - Floorcraft: Dancing in a Crowd   [Saturday, 11am: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Fast on Your Feet   [Saturday, 12pm: Austin Kois & Hannah Guttman]

         - The Perfect Triple Step   [Saturday, 2:30pm: Eric Jacobson]

         - Triple Step Variations   [Saturday, 3:30pm: Phoenix Grey]

    Elective Classes (Pick 3 or more):

         - Giving Impact to Small Moments   [Friday, 6pm: Lia Brown]

         - Line Dance: Shake That   [Friday, 7pm: Phoenix Grey]

         - Blues vs Contemporary   [Friday, 7pm: Eric Jacobson]

         - Beginners 101   [Friday, 7pm: Tim Kenny]

         - Intro to Playfulness   [Friday, 8pm: Riley Crozier]

         - Playing With Your Basics   [Friday, 8pm: Austin Kois & Hannah Guttman]

         -  Fixing Your Basics   [Saturday, 4:30pm: Phoenix Grey]

Community:

 

The community track shifts your focus from thinking about what you can do within the dance to what you can do for the dance. The saying is that it takes a village to raise a baby, and a dance community is just as precious. It takes teamwork, time, and the efforts of a lot of dedicated people. Here some incredibly fun classes will help you explore ways to contribute to your community, participate in discussions about the future and growth of the dance, and gain a better understanding of all the roles that are necessary to a successful dance community. 

    Required Classes: 

         - Beginners 101   [Friday, 7pm: Tim Kenny]

         - Floorcraft: Dancing in a Crowd   [Saturday, 11am: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Connecting with Someone New   [Saturday, 2:30pm: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - How to Dance With All Levels   [Saturday, 3:30pm: Lia Brown]

    Elective Classes (Pick 3 or more):

         - Stealing   [Friday, 6pm: Estelle Bonnaire & Phoenix Grey]

         - Playing With Your Basics   [Friday, 8pm: Austin Kois & Hannah Guttman]

         - Listen & React to Your Partner   [Friday, 8pm: Shanna Porcari & Glen Acheampong]

         - Return to WCS Post-Pandemic *Fireside Chat*   [Friday, 8pm: Lisa, Mia, Phoenix, Thomas]

         - Roll Switching   [Saturday, 1pm: Tim Kenny & Riley Crozier]

         - Great Music *Fireside Chat*   [Saturday, 1pm: DJ Staff]

         - Growing the WCS Community *Fireside Chat*   [Saturday, 4:30pm: Austin, Eric, Lia, Riley]

 

Extra Credit:

       - How to Give & Receive Feedback   [Sunday, 10am: Riley Crozier]

FIRESIDE CHATS

We're bringing back that accidental magic! 

 

2019's fireside chat with Eric Jacobson was a great moment of connection and learning for all involved. This year, we're giving you multiple opportunities for freeform discussions. Our leaders for each topic will kick things off with a question or two and the rest is up to you. Ask or answer - everyone here is both a teacher and a student! The only limits are the extent of your thoughts and opinions around our community. This is a great place for brainstorming, asking for input, and exchanging ideas. 

2022 TOPICS: 

"Return to WCS Post Pandemic"   Friday, 8pm

"Great Music"   Saturday, 1pm

"Growing the WCS Community"   Saturday 4:30pm

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leveled Individual critique workshops
 

With the ENTIRE teaching staff! 
Novice: Hannah Guttman, Lia Brown, Shanna Porcari, Stephen Weltz, Tim Kenny
Intermediate:  Eric Jacobson, Glen Acheampong, Estelle Bonnaire, Riley Mickey Crozier, Phoenix Grey
Advanced & All Star: Austin Kois, Lisa Picard, Mia Primavera, Thomas Carter
 
A favorite of our past 2 years, this is a perfect opportunity to get feedback specific to your dancing. Classes are divided by the WSDC level you are eligible to dance in, and provide an opportunity to interact on a personal level with multiple instructors. More details on the format each class will use is coming soon! 

The Puppy Play-shops
 

With Neville Longbottom and our Emotional Support Team

 

 

New this year! No one likes getting up early after a great night of dancing, so we've come up with the best way to wake up (no it's not Folgers in your cup). Join Neville, Violet, Bubs, and the rest of the staff puppy team at 10am on Saturday and Sunday for a morning PLAY shop! Bring your yoga matt, stretch, toss some balls & toys, sip your coffee, and feel warmed up for your first WORKshop at 11am! 

For the safety of all dogs and attendees, please ask us before bringing your own dog to this playshop. Dogs will need to be approved prior to the event to attend this playshop as all dogs will be off leash. The hotel does have a 35lbs and under dog restriction (other than licensed and registered service dogs). At all other times during the event, all dogs must be leashed. 

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Judge's Feedback hour 

Join our judge's after awards to ask questions about their scores, tips for improving your competition dances, and more. The majority of our judges will be available for one hour of discussion with competitors.