What is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing is an urban, smooth, and modern style of swing. It encourages personal expression of the music and is danced to a wide variety of music, including Top 40, RnB, Pop, Blues, and more! A must try dance! No experience required. You will always have plenty of people to dance with!

People dancing west coast swing!
People dancing west coast swing!
People dancing west coast swing!
People dancing west coast swing!


Current session: Apr 28 to Jun 2, 2017

Next session (details coming soon!): Jun 12 to Jul 21, 2017

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: WCS 1 w/ Arianne & Hansky
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: WCS 3 w/ Arianne & Hanksy
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Practicas (DJ'ed by Karisa)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Refining Connection & Styling w/ Kyle Fitzgerald and Lucky Sipin
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Practicas (DJ'ed by Karisa)

Extended Practica - Fri, Jun 2 2017

Join us for an extended practica session on Friday, June 2 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM! Work on things you've been learning in class with classmates, more experienced dancers, and teachers in an open, welcoming environment!

Current registered student (any class): Free
General admission: $5

WCS Dinner & Dance - Wed, Jun 7 2017

7:00 PM - Dinner at the Symposium [map]
8:30 PM - Dance at Hepcat's DJ'ed by Karisa

Come and join us for a social dinner & dance between class sessions. This is a great opportunity to catch up with other students from your classes and meet other dancers in the WCS community. All experience levels welcome, no partner required.

Please email Karisa to RSVP by Monday, June 5!

Cost for Dance: $5

Looking for music to practice to?

Try out Arianne's or Hansky's YouTube playlist for awesome beats and to practice with songs we use in class!

Contact us!

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Questions? waterloowesties@gmail.com
42 Erb St East, Waterloo, ON


June Dance with Ines Markeljevic!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Doors open at 7:30 PM
General: $11 | Members: $9

Come on out and join us for Waterloo Westies' June Social Dance at Hepcat's Studio in Uptown Waterloo. This month we are pleased to announce that Ines Markeljevic will be teaching the lessons before the dance, and will be premiering her West Coast Swing DJ tunes.

Ines' dance roots started back in 1997, studying ballet, modern dance, and jazz styles, and have since branced to include Salsa, Bachata, Hustle, Contact Improv, pole dance fitness, Hip Hop, Ballroom & Latin, and Swing dancing. In 2000 she began teaching at a community centre, and in 2006 and 2007 she choreographed two routines for Canada Salsa Congress with Teddy Olaso and Mambo Mosaic.

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Intermediate Lesson with Ines Markeljevic: Refining Posture & Connection
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM: Introductory Lesson with Ines Markeljevic: West Coast Swing Basics
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM: West Coast Swing Social Dance to Ines' music

More details on the event!

Can't make it to the next dance?

Come out next time! Save the date for any of our monthly dances this year:

This Session

Intermediate 1 with Kyle FitzGerald

Fridays, Apr 28 to Jun 2 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (no class on May 19!)

Please note on Jun 2, Kyle will not be teaching since he will attending West Coast Swing Michigan Classic. Instead we will open the dance floor during class time so you can practice all the neat moves you have learned this session.

So you're fresh out of the Beginner Class and ready to move on eh? The intermediate track offers to expand the basic fundamentals even further. You will learn about generating momentum, being creative with your footwork, and participating in partnership drills designed to level up your dancing to the next level. Knowledge of all basic west coast swing patterns required.

West Coast Swing Development with Kyle FitzGerald

Fridays, Apr 28 to Jun 2 from 8:05 PM - 9:05 PM (no class on May 19!)

Please note on Jun 2, Kyle will not be teaching since he will attending West Coast Swing Michigan Classic. Instead we will open the dance floor during class time so you can practice all the neat moves you have learned this session.

If you saw a video of yourself dancing without the music, could you tell what genre of music you were dancing? WCS Development focuses on taking your dance and diversifying it with quality of movement drills, genre specific patterns, and connection changes through Contemporary, Blues, and Hip Hop music. Knowledge of basic WCS patterns required and strong understanding of general dance recommended.

This Session

Friday Night Practicas

Fridays, Apr 28 to Jun 2 from 9:10 PM - 10:10 PM (no class on May 19!)

The dance floor will be open for our students. All current students dance for free, others can come in for $5!

West Coast Swing 1 with Kaitlyn Kraatz

Wednesdays, Apr 26 to May 31 from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn to dance west coast from the basics on up. By the end of the series you should be able to dance the basics to a whole song with a variety of partners. You do not need to sign up with a partner.

West Coast Swing 2 with Hansky Santos

Wednesdays, Apr 26 to May 31 from 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Through this series you will be able to add some variety to your dancing. Along with learning some variations you will also work on some of the connection that makes this dance so enjoyable to do. No partner required.

Register online now!

The Teachers

Waterloo Westies is a volunteer-run West Coast Swing community in KW! We're also a part of Hepcat Swing.

Ali Rajabi

Ali Rajabi

I started dancing 7 years ago, and tried several styles before finding a deep passion for West Coast Swing.

What is striking with this dance is its versatility, freedom of expression and adaptability to a broad range of music genres, old and contemporary alike!

I once heard if you could dance West Coast Swing like a pro, you'd be able to dance anything like a pro! Give it shot, and I bet you'd fall in love with it! I'd be delighted to share my experience with you!

Arianne Manary

Arianne Manary

West Coast Swing is the dance that gets me excited and eager every single night. I adore the deep connection between partners, the way I can incorporate all the other dances I know and love, the variety of music you can dance to, and the creative freedom you have for each 3-minute dance. It's also the most fun thing to watch!

My goal is to share the love I have for this dance with all those who haven't been lucky enough yet to experience it. It has certainly changed my life, and I know it can move and change the lives of others.

Hansky Santos

Hansky Santos

Coming soon...

Ali's Favourite Videos

Hansky's Favourite Videos

Hepcat Swing

Hepcat Swing is a volunteer-run dance community dedicated to keeping the spirit of swing dance and music alive in Kitchener-Waterloo. Check out hepcatswing.com for more details!


You can register for a six-week session either at the studio on the first day of class (please arrive early), or through our online portal. Note: Hepcat Swing can only accept cash or cheque in-studio. Cheques should be made payable to Hepcat Swing.

General: $90 CAD (No tax)
Members: $75 CAD (No tax)

Retaking Classes

Here at the Hepcat Swing, we have a special philosophy about learning. We do not endorse the standard methods used by schools where after you finish one grade you progress to the next and you don’t worry too much about that concept that you didn’t really understand.

Instead, we readily encourage students to take a class over as many times as they want to. They could even switch roles and learn what the other side feels like. Students find that when they take a class the second time they are able to apply the concepts better and they hear content that they may have missed the first time. In order to facilitate this kind of continuing education we offer a special discount to anyone who wants to take a class over.

Here is how it works: any class that you have already paid for and completed you are welcome to revisit at a discounted rate. If you are going to be taking a new class in that same stream (e.g. Swing or West Coast) then you may retake the completed class at no additional charge. However, if you are not taking a class in the same stream as the class you would like to revisit then you would just have to pay $16!


A membership makes you a part owner of the not-for-profit organization. It gives you the power to vote and elect the directors of the board at the annual general meeting. You have a voice to determine where we go in the future!

As a member, you will receive the following discounts:

Memberships are $50 and are valid for one year from the date of sale. You'll save the cost of membership after 10 dances and 2 regular-priced classes! For more details, ask someone at the desk next time you're at the studio or purchase them online at hepcatswing.com.