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Fundamentals - 1.0 - 9-week course

Embark on a West Coast Swing adventure with us! Enroll in our Foundations series, meticulously crafted to acquaint you with the core techniques and patterns that define this cherished dance genre.

Whether you're a beginner keen to grasp the essentials or aiming to hone your current abilities, our course accommodates all skill levels. Seasoned dancers can also expand their horizons by mastering the opposite role, enhancing their adaptability on the dance floor.

We will expertly guide you through the basics, equipping you with valuable insights and boosting your confidence in your dancing prowess. With a focus on technique, timing, and connection, this program will enhance your West Coast Swing skills and strengthen your self-assurance as a dancer.

Don't miss the opportunity to excel in West Coast Swing from the ground up. Join our Foundations series now and plunge into the exhilarating world of WCS!

We're excited to unveil an exclusive end-of-semester dance on June 27th, exclusively for Shok Dance students – and the best part? It's completely FREE! This event isn't just a celebration; it's a remarkable platform to flaunt your refined dance abilities and connect with like-minded dancers. Don't miss this unparalleled opportunity to shine and mingle.

9 WEEK COURSE - 6:30pm

April 25 - June 20

Classes held at Rosedale Community Association (901 - 11 Avenue NW)

$125 / person 

*** If you are new to us, receive 10% off your FIRST group session***
**Input "WelcometoShok" at checkout**

Why learn West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing gained popularity because of its refined style and ability to be adapted to contemporary music. During the late 1950s, the dance began to gain national recognition and has continued to grow in popularity until the present day.


After nearly five decades, West Coast Swing has endured the test of time and it’s no surprise why. This adaptable dance incorporates many forms of swing including the Lindy, Shag, Whip and Push. Versatile dancers, eager to display their talent, are continually innovating creative and interesting movements in swing.

Here are some reasons why you should learn West Coast Swing:

  • You can choose almost any type of music to dance to. You’ll be able to dance to your favourite songs. West Coast Swing since it can be fast or relaxed, soft, or authoritative. This makes it a suitable fit for Top 40, pop, rock, blues, jazz, and anything in between.

  • It’s an equal partnership dance. WCS is a conversation between each dancer; the leader initiates the dance, but the follower can assist and add some zest to the "conversation." This constant interplay keeps this dance fabulously exciting. Finally, along with Argentine Tango, it is the only other western dance where it is “socially acceptable” for two men or two women to dance with each other (sexual orientation is irrelevant).

  • You can incorporate other dance techniques. With WCS, you can incorporate different styles of dance, such as Ballroom, Country, Latin, and Hip Hop, among others.

  • Creativity is highly recommended. Out of all types of partner dance, West Coast Swing gives dancers the most flexibility when it comes to being creative. A lot of people love West Coast because it's like a smooth roller coaster ride, and once the basic patterns are learned, many "surprises" can be added. You may find that you are even surprised by yourself when dancing by spontaneously inventing creative steps and patterns!

  • Versatility & Practicality It can be done slow and sexy, smooth and sophisticated, or fast and rhythmically to most types of music, including Top40, R’n’B, classic Swing, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, Country & Western and Hip Hop. People of all ages can use it anywhere, anytime, and with any music. You can dance West Coast Swing in a club, at a wedding, or in a restaurant and have the staff tip you for entertaining their guests!


Register for a class today!!

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