workshops

The Tracks

An Introduction:

 

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", 5 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 2021 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 the 4 required classes, 2 of 5 elective classes, and their leveled individual critique class in a single track. 

 

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 by answering 3 questions about each workshop you attended.

 

Our 2020 Swing Majors:


Musicality, Connection, Footwork, Competition, 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:

 

Electives:


 

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 ideas with your partner, safely introduce new ideas, listen to each other and have a genuine conversation on the dance floor.

 

Required Classes:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more)

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:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):


 

Competition:

 

The competition track expands your dance knowledge in the areas best suited to help you climb the ranks of West Coast Swing divisions. Nailing down your foundation concepts of timing, teamwork, and technique are crucial to leveling up and understanding judging strategies, scoring systems, and music choices will help you make the best decisions possible during your competitive dances.

 

Required Classes:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):

Community:

 

The commmunity 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 you'll explore different roles, participate in discussions about the history and future of the dance, and gain a better understanding of all the functions that are necessary to a successful dance community. 

 

Required Classes:

 

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):

The Tracks

An Introduction:

 

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", 5 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 2021 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 the 4 required classes, 2 of 5 elective classes, and their leveled individual critique class in a single track. 

 

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 by answering 3 questions about each workshop you attended.

 

Our 2020 Swing Majors:


Musicality, Connection, Footwork, Competition, 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:

 

Electives:


 

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 ideas with your partner, safely introduce new ideas, listen to each other and have a genuine conversation on the dance floor.

 

Required Classes:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more)

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:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):


 

Competition:

 

The competition track expands your dance knowledge in the areas best suited to help you climb the ranks of West Coast Swing divisions. Nailing down your foundation concepts of timing, teamwork, and technique are crucial to leveling up and understanding judging strategies, scoring systems, and music choices will help you make the best decisions possible during your competitive dances.

 

Required Classes:

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):

Community:

 

The commmunity 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 you'll explore different roles, participate in discussions about the history and future of the dance, and gain a better understanding of all the functions that are necessary to a successful dance community. 

 

Required Classes:

 

 

Electives (Pick 2 or more):

FIRESIDE CHATS

We're bringing back that accidental magic of last year! 

 

Last year'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 on whatever topics come to mind.

Stay tuned for more information! 




 

The TWerkshop

Stay tuned for details!

 

All Star SwingJam will be joined by the infamous Chelsea Palmer for a workshop designed by popular request.