Deborah Székely will be presenting on how to Dance with Intent. You will learn how being present and checking your ego at the door can create a great journey for you and your partner.
WCS Champion Myles Munroe will be presenting on what motivates people to dance, compete, how to avoid stalling your progress and how to structure your journey in order create sustainable growth. At the end there was a Q&A where Myles answered questions and shared additional insights.
Stephen will be lecturing on dance branding. A brand is generally something that distinguishes an organization or product in the eyes of its customers. We’re going to take some of these traits and make them analogous to our dancing, from an amateur standpoint (crafting what you love and/or selling” the judges) rather than the traditionally professional one.
Kristen Parker will be teaching you how to navigate West Coast Swing as a tall follower, use your height and body type to your advantage and also what leaders can do to help.
In this Lecture, Phoenix will share tips and experiences he's learned through the lens of dancing both roles. Topics may include: connection, partnering, social etiquitte, competition, role switching, and more.
Jacqueline Joyner will be lecturing on how to structure practice on your own, learn about different solo drills and their implications on a partnership and the dance overall. We'll also be discussing how to practice for improved quality of movement, musicality, and partnership.
Bryn will explain her approach to musicality and demonstrate some techniques to unlock your own musical potential and expand your current skills. She will also provide time for any questions about music and musicality at the end of the lecture.
Jesse Lopez will be lecturing on the language of WCS. West Coast Swing is commonly described as a language, because of the improvisational methodology by which dancers co-create during social dances. This complexity of this interdependent relationship between leads/follows can be a source of immense joy, or frustration and failure for dancers trying to assimilate their personal body language in the socially alive Ballroom environment. Join me as we explore a new perspective on how to successfully translate each specific partners West Coast Swing Language and find your own preferences for speech inside this beautiful partner dance.
Jade Ruiz will be lecturing on cross training and why it is one of the best ways to improve your dancing. Jade will be delving into what it is and how can you best apply it for your body and needs for West Coast Swing.
Getting the most out of your relationship with West Coast Swing is about more than learning how to move your body. Forrest will explore how we can set ourselves up for success by getting our minds right and building a strong foundation of psychological resources!
• Motivation: How to set good goals and build consistent habits
• Courage: Tactics for overcoming stage fright and performance anxiety
• Mindfulness: Managing challenging emotional states
Jacquline Joyner will be lecturing on the essentials to having a good connection, why connection is important, and tips and tricks to finding a good connection with any partner.
Kristen will cover one of the best parts of west coast swing... social dancing! How to approach it with more confidence and dispel common social dancing myths we all get caught up in. She will also provide you practical ways to use social dancing to grow your west coast swing and find your personal dance style.
Join us Lia for a chat about competition mindset: why it’s so crucial for competitive success, and how to create a more effective one over time.
At some point, everybody runs into the issue that there is no one "right way" to dance west coast swing. This lecture will help you adapt a mindset that encompasses (almost) everything the dance has to offer, as well as give you some tools to think of west coast swing in more concrete ways.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on partnership dynamics which will make your short and long term dance partnerships more successful. At the end of this lecture, you will learn crucial behaviours related to productivity, conflict management and how to structure your practices with other people.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on the basic theory of musicality. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned what it is, music listening skills and how musicality is done within a personal & partnership context.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on how timing is the basic underlay which affects musicality at all levels. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned the basics of timing and how mid-tempo, fast and slow tempos affect your dances.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on how to incorporate energy and flow and manifest them into musicality. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned crucial decision making such as how to understand the energy of a song, how to build it up into a climax, how to appropriately bring the energy level down and how to create moments which seemingly flow together.
Alpha vo will be lecturing on how Rhythm affects WCS. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned the difference between straight time vs. swung/shuffle rhythm, why rhythm isn't just showcased through our feet and how to layer rhythms on top of each other.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on how your Background movements affect the mood of your dancing. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned different movement decisions you can implement which will make your dances feel and look far more interesting. These aspects will also greatly affect your perceived quality of movement.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on the different responsibilities leaders and followers have from each other and what they should be prioritizing within WCS. You will also learn which skillsets or mentalities are shared between leaders and followers and what each role should specialize to bring the most to any partnership.
Alpha Vo will be addressing how you can improve your partnering ability through changing how much you choose to do in a dance, relative to your partners behaviours. You will learn guidelines on how to avoid having dances full of conflict, how to influence your partner to work well with you regardless of whether you're in a J&J or social dance.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on the mentality behind having great adaptability to any situation and increasing your mental agility so that you will thrive regardless of what happens. We'll be exploring how improving your reactive skills to musical, partnership and floorcraft elements will make you a far better partner dancer, sooner than you think.
Alpha will be lecturing on behaviours you can use to create space to up your partnering game with dancers at different levels. We will be looking at behaviours that you can use on Newcomer, Novice & Advanced dancers.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on 3 fitness strategies help you achieve your WCS goals. At the end of this lecture you will learn how we can utilize short term mental behaviors and long term physical development to shape our body into the dance-athlete you want to become.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on J&J's and what you can do to become more winnable. I'll be primarily going over 3 strategies that you can implement before the dancing even begins, prelims & finals (with sporadic mentions of behaviors you should be avoiding).
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on 3 mental strategies that we can use to maintain our WCS growth and mitigate burnout or avoid it entirely. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned how using reframing strategies can help maintain your growth, whatever your pace is.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on how to find and develop your personal style in WCS. This discussion will include exercises to find out what your personal preferences are, some common styles and how these translate into your preferred dance persona for WCS. At the end of this lecture, you'll have a better understanding of yourself and how you can incorporate your personal expression more frequently within your dancing.
Alpha Vo will be lecturing on how to implement the practicing theory you learned to supercharge your development speed. At the end of this lecture, you will have learned how to layer skills on top of each other, what not to do and how to increase your success when integrating new skills within a partnership context.
Alpha Vo’s lecture will be an introduction to Swing Content where you will learn why it’s important, what swing content is, how to view swing content and how you can use this understanding to improve how you look as a Westie.
Alpha will be lecturing on how you can improve your swing when you are dancing with inexperienced dancers and how setting handicaps or restrictions in your dancing can open up new avenues of personal growth.
Join Alpha in this special 50-minute feature where he shares competition insight on how Leaders and Followers can compete better. He will be breaking down what they are doing well and what they can improve on in personal movement skills, musicality and competitive strategy. This lecture will use several Jack & Jill videos from different events in both an allskate and spotlight format.
All too often, people are only taught what they can do to have a better experience with lesser experienced dancers and rarely learn what they can do to have better dances with professional dancers. In this lecture, you will learn what you can do ensure Allstar/Champion leaders or followers by following some of these skill and behavioural strategies.
Learn how you can change your WCS connection length through manipulating your fingers, elbow extension, shoulders, torso, hip and stride length.
We’ll be looking at some of the most obvious mistakes that occur for leaders and followers in J&J’s and provide solutions to those behaviours.
This lectures discusses what wcs posting is, how it can vary depending on your goal and tips to implement it in the wild.
This lecture touches upon how you can generate energy from your center and direct it through your limbs.
I’ll be touching upon how you can incorporate showmanship into your social and competitive dances, and how creating a character or actions which match the music can deliver a more authentic experience in your wcs.
I’ll be talking about different measures of criteria that you can use to assess your dancing and improve upon it
In this lecture I discuss when flash and trash, essentially attention grabbing actions, can be poor or beneficial for you.
In this episode, I talk about lumbar, thoracic and cervical stacking in addition to different postural points of the body and why we move into stacked and unstacked body alignment to create movement.
This lecture highlights why you should you should always be choosing a side of your body to connect from, regardless of whether you’re a leader or a follower. All too often dancers will dance in the middle and not commit to a side which makes it harder to communicate weight transfer, intent and many other things.
You’ll learn how to prioritize different parts of your dance development, depending on your weaknesses or your strengths.
This lecture will teach you why technique is the understanding and implementation of a skill or skills whereas the true learning comes from modifying the range of how you use your techniques
Teamwork is often an element that’s hard to describe, especially within the context of a Jack and Jill. Even though it may seem that your partner doesn’t affect your scoring, how you work with your partner affects yours.
You’ll learn different ways to draw attention to different parts of your body and release outward tonal energy in a way that’s understandable to others.
Envisioning and learning how your partner experiences teaches you how you come across to people and whether that result was your intent.
Dancers focus too much on their arms and not their body. You arms follow through with the inertia you created through your arms, even if your body ceases to move after you’ve generated momentum.
What’s the point of choreography? Of youtube? Of imitation? Imitation is the best starting to learning something new or challenging yourself. I’ll be giving you some tips on how you incorporate those ideas into your dance development.