What is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance that finds its origin in the swing family of dances. It is often categorized among street dances due to its improvisatory style and is mostly practiced as a social dance. Today’s WCS is a contemporary dance style, which integrates movements from Hip Hop, Zouk, Jazz, Latin, etc.
The main characteristics of the dance are its elasticity and that it is performed in an imaginary narrow rectangle, called the dance slot. The dancers interpret the music together and independently. The main dynamics is based on 2-beats of music (upbeat and downbeat), and traditional patterns are formed on 6- and 8-beat rhythms. On dance parties partners mix, i.e., typically change after each song.