CLASSES


West Coast Swing is a partnered modern swing dance done to a wide variety of music, from the pop, rock, and country you hear on the radio to classic blues, soul, and motown. Its simple basics and emphasis on improvisational movement make it a dance that's easy to pick up and enjoy socially, but deep enough to never run out of new things to learn.

Below are the classes we currently offer. If you have some experience in West Coast Swing and aren't sure what class is right for you, please contact us and we'll help you decide.


West Coast Swing Basics - 101

West Coast Swing is a partnered modern swing dance done to a wide variety of music, including pop, blues, soul, and country. It is a linear dance with a smooth, elastic aesthetic and an emphasis on improvisational movement which makes it a fun social dance. We will guide you through the basics of lead and follow, compression and stretch as you learn the basic six-count patterns that make up the fundamentals of this dance. No partner or prior dance experience needed.

Upcoming Sessions

REGISTRATION CLOSED

Dates: Thursdays, October 31, 2019 - November 21, 2019
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: Steve and Katie
Location: 539 Wavell Ave, Ottawa
Cost: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Dates: Thursdays, January 9, 2020 - January 30, 2020
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: 59.89
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Please note there is no class on March 19 (March Break Closure).


Dates: Thursdays, March 5, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $59.89
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Please note there is no class February 17 (Family Day)


Dates: Mondays, February 3, 2020 - March 2, 2020
Times: 07:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: Dovercourt Recreation Centre (2nd floor Activity Room)
Cost: $59.89
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Dates: Thursdays, January 9, 2020 - January 30, 2020
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $59.89
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West Coast Swing - Tucks & Folds

This session introduces patterns which build on the concepts learned in WCS BASICS-101. In addition we will revisit and finesse the fundamental skills required for efficient leading and following.

Basic Patterns this Session: Sugar Tuck, Side Tucks (Open & Closed), Folds (Basic & Hammerlock).
Also fun moves and variations using these patterns. No partner required.

PRE-REQUISITE: WCS Basics-101 or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially.

Upcoming Sessions

Dates: Mondays, November 25, 2019 - December 16, 2019
Times: 07:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Teachers: Patrick and Cathy
Location: Dovercourt Recreation Centre (2nd floor Activity Room)
Cost: $58.53
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Dates: Thursdays, February 6, 2020 - February 27, 2020
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: None
Cost: $59.89
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West Coast Swing - Whips

Building on the concepts learned in WCS BASICS-101 this session focuses on one of the core 8 count patterns of the dance.

Basic Patterns this Session: Basic Whip, Basket Whip, Hustle/Open Whips, Behind the Back Whips. Also fun moves and variations using these patterns. No partner required.

Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially.

Upcoming Sessions

Dates: Thursdays, October 31, 2019 - November 21, 2019
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: Steve and Katie
Location: 539 Wavell Ave, Ottawa
Cost: $58.53
Register Now

Dates: Thursdays, November 28, 2019 - December 19, 2019
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: Patrice and Cathy
Location: 539 Wavell Ave, Ottawa
Cost: $58.53
Register Now

Please note there is no class March 16 (March Break Closure)


Dates: Mondays, March 9, 2020 - March 30, 2020
Times: 07:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: Dovercourt Recreation Centre (2nd floor Activity Room)
Cost: None
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Country Two-Step (Level 1)

A new offering from Westie Underground! Country Two-Step, a dance done to country/western music has a strong focus on travel and turning for both the lead and the follow. Join us as we teach you the basic patterns and technique for this energetic dance that will have you whirling and twirling all around the room. No partner or prior dance experience needed.

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions scheduled at this time.

New York Hustle (Level 1)

New York Hustle (also called Latin Hustle) is a fun and stylish partner dance which originated in America in the 1970s. Modeled after the dances of the Disco era it is traditionally danced to songs from the 1970s, but is also a great dance for today’s top hits. Hustle's basics are quick to learn with flashy looks and dynamic movement, making it popular among beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No partner or prior dance experience needed.

Upcoming Sessions

No sessions scheduled at this time.

New York Hustle (Level 2)

Join us as we continue the fun with this energetic partner dance. We will be introducing new patterns and variations building on the basic timing, basics and patterns learned in the Hustle (Level 1) session. No partner required. Pre-requisite: New York Hustle (Level 1) and/or must be comfortable with basic timing and footwork.

Upcoming Sessions


Dates: Thursdays, February 6, 2020 - February 27, 2020
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: Patrice and Cathy
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $59.89
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West Coast Swing - Turns & Rotations

This session continues the journey of West Coast Swing by adding single and double turns to both 6 and 8 count patterns.

In addition to working on technique new Basic patterns this session will include: Inside Roll, Inside & Outside Single and Double Turns, and Roll In/Roll Out combinations. Single and Double turns for exits to basic patterns will also be explored. Also fun moves and variations using these patterns. No partner required.

Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially.

Upcoming Sessions

Dates: Thursdays, November 28, 2019 - December 19, 2019
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: Patrick and Patrice
Location: 539 Wavell Ave, Ottawa
Cost: $58.53
Register Now

Please note there is no class March 19 (March Break Closure).


Dates: Thursdays, March 5, 2020 - April 2, 2020
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $59.89
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West Coast Swing 301 - Foundations

Special topic sessions that focus on important foundation theories or patterns. Content varies per offering.

Pre-requisite: Will vary depending on topic.

Upcoming Sessions

"Invitations" and "Requests" within Patterns

Explore the when, where, and how of invitational patterns: the space where improvisational magic happens in West Coast Swing. Leaders will learn how to offer opportunities for their followers to express themselves or join you in creating a moment. Followers will learn ways to respond to invitational leads and how to request space from their leader to create their own moments.

Pre-requisite: Comfortable with basic 6 and 8 count patterns.


Dates: Thursdays, November 7, 2019 - November 21, 2019
Times: 07:00 PM - 08:15 PM
Teachers: Steve and Katie
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $45.00
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Country Two-Step (Level 2)

Join us as we continue the fun with this energetic partner dance. We will be introducing new patterns and variations building on the basic timing and patterns learned in the Two-Step (Level 1) session. No partner required. Pre-requisite: Country Two-Step (Level 1) and/or must be comfortable with basic timing and footwork.

Upcoming Sessions


Dates: Mondays, January 6, 2020 - January 27, 2020
Times: 07:45 PM - 09:00 PM
Teachers: Steve and Cathy
Location: Dovercourt Recreation Centre (2nd floor Activity Room)
Cost: $59.89
Register Now

West Coast Swing: BOOST YOUR BASICS – A (Level 2)

This session continues the journey of West Coast Swing by changing up the footwork and timing of basic patterns. Adding styling options and simple variations to the patterns learned in the “WCS Basics” class. No partner required. Pre-requisite: WCS Basics-101 or able to lead/follow basic patterns socially.

Upcoming Sessions


Dates: Thursdays, January 9, 2020 - January 30, 2020
Times: 08:30 PM - 09:45 PM
Teachers: TBD and TBD
Location: 539 Wavell Avenue
Cost: $59.89
Register Now

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