West Coast Swing 101 is the perfect starting point for anyone ready to embark on the journey, pursuit, and mastery of West Coast Swing & includes the best dance lessons on everything you need to make your first experience with West Coast Swing dancing a success. West Coast Swing 101 is designed for beginners, so get ready to move. To make this one even easier for you, this video can be done with or without a partner and it’s truly set at a pace for people who’ve never danced before.
Throw your shoulders back, smile, & get ready to take on the dance floor as Shawn & Joanna Trautman lead you to mastery in West Coast Swing 101. West Coast Swing, the most challenging, complex, & musically sensitive of the Swing dances (and probably of all the partnered social dances) comes to life on West Coast Swing 101. Pulling from decades of experience, Shawn and Joanna combine technical training, practical advice, a healthy sense of humor, and a little dance floor magic to have you moving to the beat, mastering the beginner moves, and feeling the connection with your partner as you learn to enjoy dancing the West Coast Swing. How does it work? Read on…
West Coast Swing 101 is the video all social dancers should go through at least once – specifically to ensure you’re up to date on the dance and not overlooking the finer details most people take for granted. If you care how you look on the dance floor, this video’s for you! This 101 DVD is fun, easy-to-understand, step-by-step, and full of both Blues and Dance music throughout! It’s designed for beginners, starts with the basics, & is absolutely the best way to learn how to dance the West Coast Swing!
West Coast Swing 101 starts with you seeing & experiencing ‘West Coast’ to get a good feel for how it’s danced. From there, West Coast Swing is broken down into simple, yet manageable lessons that make the instruction easy to follow along with. You’ll soon be dancing West Coast style by working through several rhythm & timing drills both for the men & the ladies in place to ensure you understand and feel it the way you should. Next, you’ll get ‘hands-on’ as you work your way through the specific West Coast Swing connection points (these are different for West Coast Swing) & style tips that help make you look the part! It’s easy to overlook a lot of the detail, so pay attention to the “little things” as you go (i.e., posture, compression, timing, hand connections, anchor steps, size of your steps, where to look, etc.). When you’re ready, you’ll learn & test your skills with several fun moves like left side passes, inside & outside turns you can use with anyone & take to the floor immediately. Plus, you’ll have a full soundtrack of great West Coast Swing music playing through the entire lesson that doubles as a practice tool each time you use the DVD afterwards – just turn it on and practice until you’re ready to go out.
After completing West Coast Swing 101, you’ll be completely set up & ready to move into the Moves & Patterns series where you’ll find several DVDs that break down everything you need to have great success with your dancing. Check the Special Offers below for a listing of the other West Coast Swing videos available.
“Very complete instructions. Easy to follow and understand. Also very happy with the fact that it is an ALL Region DVD, so I’m able to play it on DVD here in New Zealand.”
“This video is exceptional in that it provides both a great beginner lesson for West Coast Swing as well as a lot of detail that either my instructor never shared or didn’t know. We wish we had started with this video before our lessons as it would have made for a much smoother entrance for us. The only trick to this is that you have to pay attention to the details the instructors go through as there are quite a few. The information is there and well presented, you just don’t have an instructor watching your every move and helping you real time. Given the choice, we’d definitely go this route again.”
“The Shawn Trautman West Coast Swing 101 dance video really helped me to learn this dance from the very beginning. I’ve been trying to learn this dance for a long time. These instructors have a great method of teaching the steps by introducing the counting in a clear and easy way so that there is a good understanding of how the rhythm sequences are used later in the dance. I especially liked the transition from the basic walking steps to the step counting in more complex combinations. Before I even realized it, I was actually dancing these steps confidently through each section of the video. This is a great lesson and the best part is that it can be taken again and again just by playing the video for review and practice!”
“1) They are clear, showing and talking about the moves from different angles. There’s opportunity for people with different learning styles to pick them up. 2) The progression of moves is sensible. Many group lessons and U tube videos are mostly independent of the previous week’s lesson. These DVDs follow a logical progression, so the viewer feels a gradual but continual improvement. 3) Most of the curriculum is about groups of related moves: different whip variations, different exits, etc. This makes it easier for the beginner to feel that he or she is going on the floor with a decent number of alternatives.”