Here is great video from Dawn Hampton (1928 in Middletown, Ohio – 25 September 2016), who was an American cabaret and jazz singer, saxophonist, dancer and songwriter. In it she describes feeling the beat in the music when we dance. It’s a great video on an aspect of our dance that we can all learn from.
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. (more…)
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!
WCS Dance Co is the West Coast Swing Dance Company. The West Coast Swing Dance Company is owned by Jennifer Filzen and Rene Arreola. They are dedicated West Coast Swing dancers who are passionate about social dancing, learning about this ever-evolving dance and teaching others what they've learned. West Coast Swing dancers on the Monterey Peninsula are some of the friendliest people you will meet. If you are ever in our neck of the woods, please reach out to us. We'd LOVE to dance with you!