What is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing is a partner dance originated from the USA. It is one of the most developing couple dance of today. It has gain a lot of popularity because it can be danced on a large variety of music genres including pop, r&b, jazz, blues, hip-hop, etc. It is danced both socially and competitively. On social parties changing partners after every 1 or 2 dances are very common, while in competition, divisions with fixed partners as well as partners by drawn at random (called Jack & Jill) exists.

See the wikipedia article about the dance.

What kind of music do people WCS dance to?

The origins of the dance that became known as West Coast Swing can be traced to the swing area. During this period many jazz, blues, and western musicians incorporated, or emphasized, the “swing” in their music - which was perfect to dance on. In practice, nowadays West Coast Swing may be danced to almost any music in 4/4 time, and music of many different styles may be found in an evening of West Coast Swing dancing.


Videos - Competition in West Coast Swing

Jack and Jill

is a format of competition in partner dancing, where the competing couples are the result of random matching of leaders and followers. So you don`t know who will be your partner and which music you will dance on (quite like at the parties).


Strictly 

is a format of competition, where you already have a partner, but the music is random - so it is improvising like in jack & Jill.


Classic 

is a format, where you can see choreographies.