West Coast Swing Workshops with Joanna Meinl – September 9, 2017 in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Joanna Meinl west coast swing Carmel-By-The-Sea
The West Coast Swing Dance Company is excited to have Joanna Meinl returning to teach our monthly workshop in Carmel-by-the-Sea on September 9, 2017. Joanna will be teaching two progressive west coast swing workshops and we’ll follow it up with a west coast swing social dance beginning at 8:00pm. 

Joanna is a professional dancer, instructor and choregrapher. She teaches and competes on the west coast swing dance circuit as an All-Star/Champion level dancer. She has 15 years of teaching experience and incorporates her exceptional technical training as well as her practical social dance experience into her dynamic teaching. Joanna’s workshops are educational and fun! Plan to bring your dance shoes to do some work while having fun leveling up your west coast swing.
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West Coast Swing Special Event – August 12, 2017

We are excited to have Marie-Stan Remigereau and Matt Leszcenski teach two west coast swing workshops in Carmel-by-the-Sea at the Carmel Youth Center. Both are All-Star west coast swing competitors. They are also just a really great couple and extremely approachable! Be sure to take both classes as they will be showing us how to incorporate musicality into our dance.

Both workshops are progressive, so you won’t want to miss either. The first workshop starts at 6:30pm. Social dancing begins at 8:00pm. Cost is $10 per person, per class. Or, just $5 if you want to come to just the social dancing.

Below is a video Matt and Marie dancing their west coast swing and being very creative incorporating musicality. See you at the Carmel Youth Center located at 4th and Torres in Carmel-by-the-Sea on Saturday 12, 2017.


West Coast Swing Special Event – July 8, 2017

West Coast Swing Dance Company will feature two new guest instructors to Carmel-by-the-Sea for our special event workshop for the month of July. On July 8, 2017, we welcome Amber O’Connell and Gabriel Muñoz. Both are Advanced Jack and Jill competitors in west coast swing.  Amber is from Palo Cedro, CA and Gabriel is from Chico, CA.
west coast swing Amber O'Connell and Gabriel Muñoz
We are honored and excited for they will have traveled a pretty good distance to teach and dance with our local westies! Below are videos of Amber and Gabriel dancing west coast swing.

Please join us as we welcome them both to the Carmel Youth Center for two 45 minute, progressive west coast swing workshops. The cost is $10 per workshop, but since the workshops are progressive, we recommend you attend both. Total cost is $20, which includes the social dance. The first workshop is at 6:30PM followed by the second workshop at 7:15PM. Open social dancing starts at 8:00PM. If you only want to show up for social dancing, the cost is $5.

Below are photos from the workshop taught by Amber and Gabe!


Dance Etiquette

west coast swing dance etiquette
If you are just getting started with west coast swing, there are some aspects of this dance that you should familiarize yourself with. The following is a list of items and actions you should mind.

– The dance floor is not the place to show off your bling. It can be dangerous to you and to your partner. Watches, bracelets, rings and even excessive size earrings can be a real hazard.

Shoes – Like any activity, you have to invest a little money in equipment. Shoes can be purchased for $50 to $200 or more. Proper dance shoes have a suede sole. If you’re just getting started and have a pair of closed shoes with leather bottoms, use them until you feel comfortable making an investment in dance shoes.

Be aware also that certain types of shoes should just be left at home altogether, as they have no place in our west coast swing dance environments. If you bring large boots, the kind with thick or solid soles, be aware that these can actually cause harm to your dance partner. Especially if the dance partner is wearing open-toe shoes.
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West Coast Swing at the Santa Cruz Swing Club

The Santa Cruz Swing Club Saturday night dance has always been one of my favorite dances. And it still is. When I began dancing west coast swing sometime around 2008,  it was the place to go dancing west coast swing outside of our own local Friday night dance party in Pacific Grove at the old Shall We Dance Ballroom.  Continue reading West Coast Swing at the Santa Cruz Swing Club

South Bay Dance Fling 2016

South Bay Dance Fling 2016 has come and gone and the event was a blast! The directors of this event are Glenn, Sue & Candace Cravalho. It is a mix of Country Two Step and West Coast Swing. Held in San Jose, California during Labor Day Weekend, this event has plenty of dance workshops, contests and social dancing. Continue reading South Bay Dance Fling 2016

Dancing in Oahu at The Study

Jen and I discovered a great place to dance called The Study, located in the Modern. The Modern is a hotel located in Honolulu and walking distance from the hotel we are staying at, called the Equus.

We just finished our day of touring around Oahu visiting different places when we were walking down to get some sundries at a corner store, when Jen noticed the hotel. We decided to go in and check it out. We instantly heard the music coming from behind a book case that appeared to be angled, so that you almost had to sneak around it to see where the music is coming from.

Once past the book case, we saw a bar with a cool, modern looking lounge area with tables, chairs and ottomans. There was also a 3-piece band playing some cool groove music. Jen and I were still in our shorts when we happened upon this and decided we needed to head back to the hotel, put on some pants and get our dance shoes on!

The video here is just a snip of the fun we had while dancing and mingling with the hotel guests! Good times!

Classes and Social Dancing at WCS Dance Co on Thursday Nights