>>West Coast Swing classes at Stanford have wrapped up as of Sept. 2016.<<
Here’s a list of places recommended by the organizers:
The best place to get comprehensive, ongoing information is the Next Generation Swing Dance Council calendar: http://www.nextgenswingdance.com/page-654601As you can see, we are lucky to have many, many options. Here are just a few:
– Miguel de Sousa, our instructor at Stanford, also has weekly Thursday classes and a dance at Starlite in Santa Clara! This is one of the closest WCS classes to Stanford. Please see: https://www.facebook.com/starlitewcs/
– Mission City Swing in SF by Eric B. Jacobson has weekly Wednesday classes and a dance (plus sometimes a weekend practice). See: https://www.facebook.com/missioncityswing/
– WnY (Warren and Yenni‘s) Warehouse in Novato on Tuesday nights has classes plus a big dance. See: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wnywarehouse/
– Richard Kear has classes and a dance on Mondays at Dance Boulevard: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Richards-Monday-WCS-at-Dance-Boulevard/230753427124759
– Two Left Feet has a WCS dance every Friday night, among many other events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/21167007406/
– There are many, many other weekly and monthly events including those organized by Michelle Kinkaid, Michelle Crozier, Shanna Porcari, the Next Gen Club, Mike Pyle, Kelly Cassanova, and even more people than I can write here. So go look at the calendar and figure out what will work for your schedule and location… and see you soon on the dance floor!
This is the sixth in a series of Dance Spot posts highlighting different places to go dancing in SF Bay Area.
After posting on where to dance at Stanford this summer, I decided to try out the events listed. I’ve already tried Ceili and Lindy, so West Coast Swing (WCS) is next! In general, Stanford WCS starts a new series of classes at the beginning of every month. Since the first Monday fell on July 4th, the series began a week later. Again, I managed to drag Patrick who accompanied me to Palo Alto Contra only 2 days earlier to join me.
We arrived at 7:45pm for the beginner class. Dave and Amanda first warmed up by dancing to the music while the students admired their styles. Then we got into the very basics such as how to step, the rhythm, and how to hold hands. We then put them all together to learn two moves – Left Side Pass and Right Side Pass (aka Inside Turn). As time went on, more students joined and we had 25-30 people by the end of class.
At 9pm, Miguel de Sousa, a professional dance instructor, taught a routine for the intermediate class. I was amazed that he taught the class by himself and just used follows from the class for demonstrations.
I sat out this class to rest a bit before social dancing. The friendly DJ waived me over to sit with him, and we chatted about dance and photography.
During social dancing, I was pleasantly surprised that several dancers remember that I led during class and asked me to lead. A few women wanted to learn lead themselves and would ask me to help them learn. So in all, it was a very friendly learning environment. After dancing with one man who asked me to lead, I asked which he likes best? “Following is awesome,” he responded enthusiastically! We discussed a bit more and both agreed that leading is good when we want to think more whereas following lets us relax and feel more.