What is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing is a dance that originated from Lindy Hop, which is the typically energetic and bouncy dance of the big band era. As time went on, Rock-n-Roll came into the picture and music became slower and smoother with less bounce and more sensuality. The dance mirrored this as it took on a smoother look and a more sensual nature. As more people began to pack onto the crowded dance floors, a "slotted" dance style formed. This slotted style revolves around the lead moving the follow back and forth along a straight line path, or slot, as he moves out of her way to allow her movement along the slot. The dance is constantly evolving with the changes in popular music and with the creativity of the dancers in the community. Today, West Coast Swing is primarily danced to popular contemporary music, classic rock, and blues at a variety of tempos.

We love West Coast Swing because of the environment around the dance. The events and competitions are full of fun-loving people who are just out to have a good time!