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!
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)
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.
In this series you will begin to work on musicality and communication. The steps and patterns you will learn in this series will allow for some freedom of movement and develop connection with your partner.
Come and join us Wednesday nights for a West Coast Swing practica. An excellent time to practice what you've learned in class and refine your moves in an open, welcoming environment!
Please note this is a two-hour class. Kyle FitzGerald will be instructing the class on June 16th and 30th. Lucky Sipin will be instructing the class on June 23rd and July 21st.There will be no class on July 7th or 14th. Instead we will open the dance floor during class time so you can practice all the neat moves you have learned in this session.
In this series we will work on refining West Coast Swing connection and styling by introducing blues footwork, generating momentum in connection, as well as variations and styling on basic patterns.
Come and join us Friday nights for a West Coast Swing practica. An excellent time to practice what you've learned in class and refine your moves in an open, welcoming environment! Note that on July 7th and 14th the practica will be extended for three-hours (7:00-10:00pm).
Waterloo Westies is a volunteer-run West Coast Swing community in KW! We're also a part of Hepcat Swing.
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!
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.
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)
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.