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-intensive 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, 3 of 6 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 card by answering 3 questions about each workshop you attended. Miss a class? This year we're offering an extra credit class at 10am on Sunday that can be used to make up for any one missed class in any track. 

 

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 (Pick 3 or more):

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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. 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. 

 

Friday, 8pm: Topic "Competitions" with Austin Kois, Lia Brown, Lisa Picard, and Conor McClure

Saturday, 1pm: Topic "Great Music" with our DJ staff

Saturday, 4:30pm: Topic "Community Values" with Eric Jacobson, Michelle Crozier, and Hieu Le

Extra credit class
 

 

Miss a class on your track?

 

 This year we're giving you a makeup option!! Michelle Crozier will host "Consent on the Social and Competitive Floor" discussing various situations you may encounter in the swing dance world and how to handle them. Taking this class can substitute for any one missed workshop on any track. 

The TWerkshop

with Chelsea Palmer

 

By popular request, Chelsea Palmer's workshop will teach the fundamentals and technique of "Twerking" an empowering individual expression of movement focused on control and isolation of specific muscle groups. 
While provocative in nature, twerking is a genuine form of expression that has a celebrated place in dance. SwingJam is dedicated to supporting this expression in a judgement free environment.

This workshop is open to all genders, and participants over the age of 18. 

To further promote the positive nature of this class, there is a $10 additional fee for attendance, 100% of which will be donated to WOMAN, Inc, a San Francisco based women's shelter.

Rules:
NO AUDITING OR SPECTATING. All attendees must participate fully. 

Doors will be LOCKED once class begins - no late attendees! 

Instructor may ask anyone causing discomfort to others to leave at any point during the class. 

 

*Note: Music for this class will not be censored for language and may contain adult themes. 
 

leveled Individual critique workshops
 

 

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. 

 

Novice Level Instructors:

Alex Wood, Hieu Le, Austin Scharnhorst, Lisa Picard, Hannah Guttman, Lia Brown, & Shanna Porcari Nyson

Intermediate Level Instructors:

Mia Primavera, Tim Kenny, Stephen Weltz, Kali Casas, Conor McClure, Anne Wood, Chelsea Palmer

Advanced/All Star Level Instructors:

Austin Kois, Janelle Guido, Eric Jacobson, Michelle Crozier, Cameron Crook, Caitlyn Lawson