1. Don't take large steps. Most steps should not exceed length of your own foot.

2. Don't bounce up and down. Dance smooth.

3. Men, don't push the woman around . Lead by indication, not by pulling and pushing.

4. Don't break your frame. Forearms should stay parallel to the floor in open position.

5. Don't let your elbows pass your sides in a push. In open position, keep your elbows slightly in front of your center line.

6, Don't dance with your arms. Keep arms firm and don't keep time with your arms.

7. Don't let your hands rise up during a push. Keep forearms, wrists, and hands parallel to the floor.

8. Don't float around. Anchor your weight at the end of each set of movements.

9. Don't use your thumbs. Use fingers only, keeping your thumbs clear, and never squeeze!

10. Men, don't advance forward to lead anything. Step to the side, and/or back, but not forward.

11. Don't look at the floor. Look up, be proud, and smile.

12. Men, don't start a pattern on the one count. Start on the and-one.

13. Ladies, don't back lead. It hurts our feelings.

14. Don't get too far apart. Stay close, take smaller steps, and keep your frame.

15. Men don't lift you hands high over the woman's head to lead turns. Lift just above her head.

Couldn't have created a better list myself.

That is all.



Popular West Coast Swing Professionals

Jordan Frisbee

Jordan Frisbee

From Long Beach, CA
website: http://jordantatianaswing.com/wcs/

Jordan is known for his smooth and effortless styling, signature moves, and innovative and unique choreography. His performance abilities have touched the hearts of audiences all over the world. He takes pride in expressing his love for the dance whenever he is on the floor. He is a perfectionist and self-proclaimed "Workaholic." Always the professional, the community sees him as a responsible person, and role model to the youth.

Tatiana Mollmann

Tatiana Mollmann

From Santa Monica, CA
website: http://jordantatianaswing.com/wcs/

Tatiana possesses the uncanny ability to land on her feet and choreograph on the fly. Whether executing her famous one legged spins, or expressing complicated musical patterns with her body, her dancing can be described in one word "Fearless!"

Ronnie Debenedetta

Ronnie Debenedetta

From San Diego, CA
website: http://www.starlightdance.com/dance_studio.html

Ronnie has been dancing since 1994. Can you guess his reason for getting into dance? You got it! A woman. She was adamant: if he couldn't dance, there'd be no romance. Ronnie became a Country-dancin' fool. He threw himself into classes, private lessons, and competing. After two short years, he turned pro; he and his professional partner, Stephanie McPherson, were the UCWDC Worlds 2001 & 2002 Masters Division Grand Champions. He is currently competing in the Swing and Country circuit with Professional Brandi Tobias.

Brandi Tobias

Brandi Tobias

From San Diego, CA
website: http://www.sweetsideofswing.com/instructors.html

Brandi's classic style is complimented by her creative interpretation of music. Brandi's diversity grew out of an extensive background competing and teaching various forms of dance including salsa, hustle, country and swing. It is from these varied experiences that she draws upon to enrich her teaching and competitive depth.

Benji Schwimmer

Benji Schwimmer

From Redlands, CA
website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benji_Schwimmer

An American professional dancer, choreographer and actor. On August 16, 2006 he was crowned "America's Favorite Dancer", as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and has choreographed for both the U.S. and the international versions of the show. Benji artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. He co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies.

Torri Smith

Torri Smith

From Murrieta, CA
website: http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-a-dance-pro-torri-smith

Torri fell in love with swing dancing and competed at her first U.S. Open at the age of 7. She has not missed an Open since then. She currently has been honored with winning the Young America Division in 2001 and 2002, and the Young Adult Division in 2006 with her previous partner, Josh Mosier; as well as the team division with her teammates on Jump Start II in 2005.

Myles Munroe

Myles Munroe

From Vancouver, CANADA

Myles is a natural born dancer and teacher who was fortunate to have recognized his talent at a young age and has trained and developed it ever since. He has extensive experience and credits in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Martial Arts, Country, Latin, Ballroom, and Swing. He is able to draw on multiple sources of training and experience for unique dancing and teaching strategies. Myles has the amazing ability to observe a dance he's never seen and after only 5 minutes be able to replicate it perfectly with the technique and style it normally would take years to develop

Tessa Cunningham

Tessa Cunningham

From Vancouver, CANADA
website: http://www.canadianswingchampions.com/index.php

Tessa has a natural kinesthetic ability and musical sense which she used in her youth through sports and music. She discovered her talent for dance after university and quickly made up for lost time with an intense learning curve. She has 2 Bachelors degrees: one in Human Kinetics which gives her a deep technical understanding of body movement, and one in Education which enables her to breakdown and explain those movements to learners. She has been teaching and coaching physical movement for 20 years, and is the academic force behind their teaching methods.

Benjamin Morris

Benjamin Morris

From Huntington Beach, CA
website: http://benmorrisdance.com/

Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer; Ben Morris began swing dancing at the age of 12 and is now a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner, and a featured dancer in the movie Love N' Dancing and the Leann Rimes Music Video "Swingin."

Melissa Rutz

Melissa Rutz

From San Francisco, CA
website: http://www.melissarutz.com/

Melissa is known for her versatility as a dancer. She has performed in a variety of solo works on stage as well as on the industrial scene. Melissa had the pleasure of working as Christina Aguilera's dance double in her music video, Candyman. You can also watch Melissa & Arjay dance on the big screen in the movie, Love N' Dancing.

Robert Royston

Robert Royston


Robert Royston began his professional career on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989, quickly ascending through the ranks and securing the US Open Swing Dance Championship and World Country Dance Championship, titles he held for four consecutive years (1995 to 1998).

Deborah Szekely

Deborah Szekely

From Houston, Texas
website: http://www.szekelydance.com/

Deborah was introduced to West Coast Swing in 1994 and was hooked immediately. Within three years she found her dance partner and became a National west coast swing champion.Deborah continues to travel the world teaching, competing, and spreading her love of west coast swing. She is also a proud, native New Yorker.

Patty Vo

Patty Vo

From Addison, Texas
website: http://www.patty2vo.com/

As one of the most creative and dynamic dancers around, Patty Vo is known for her unique style of dance. She has been dancing for over 15 years and is recognized as one of the top female West Coast Swing Dancers on the sence.

Agnieszka Agnes Maslanka

Agnieszka Agnes  Maslanka

From Clearwater, Florida
website: http://www.agnesdancing.com/

Agnes is one of Florida's finest instructor and dancer. She travels as a competitor and an instructor across the U.S. She is also a certified Swank Dance Fitness instructor and you can see her dance and workout alongside Kellese and Brent Key as well as her dance partner Sheven Kekoolani.


With Steven White, 3rd place Jack n Jill Invitational at O-Jam in Orlando

With Jeff Mumford, Advanced TBC 2012

With Brennar Goree, 3rd place- Pro Strictly O-Jam in Orlando




How to remember your dance moves
and routines with Mind Mapping.

A Mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information. A mind map is often created around a single word or text, placed in the center, to which associated ideas, words and concepts are added. Major categories radiate from a central node, and lesser categories are sub-branches of larger branches. Categories can represent words, ideas, tasks, or other items related to a central key word or idea. Mindmaps can be drawn by hand, either as "rough notes" during a lecture or meeting, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. An example of a rough mind map is illustrated.

Other terms for this diagramming style are: "spider diagrams," "spidergrams," "spidergraphs," "webs", "mind webs", or "webbing", and "idea sun bursting�. To get more information please review http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map.

Example of a mind map:

Mind mapping example

Mind map guidelines:


•Start in the center with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colors.

•Use images, symbols, codes, and dimensions throughout your mind map.

•Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.

•Each word/image is best alone and sitting on its own line.

•The lines should be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and thinner as they radiate out from the center.

•Make the lines the same length as the word/image they support.

•Use multiple colors throughout the mind map, for visual stimulation and also to encode or group.

•Develop your own personal style of mind mapping.

•Use emphasis and show associations in your mind map.

•1Keep the mind map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.


This list is itself more concise than a prose version of the same information and the mind map of these guidelines is itself intended to be more memorable and quicker to scan than either the prose or the list.


Mind mapping software can be used to organize large amounts of information, combining spatial organization, dynamic hierarchical structuring and node folding. Software packages can extend the concept of mind mapping by allowing individuals to map more than thoughts and ideas with information on their computers and the internet, like spreadsheets, documents, internet sites and images.

Edraw Mind Map

Edraw Mind Map is a free mind mapping freeware with rich examples and templates which make it easy to create mind maps, brain-storming diagrams, project timeline, life planner, SWOT analysis, flowcharts and sketch maps. Vistit Website www.edrawsoft.com/freemind.php to download.

Dance improvisation is the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of improvised movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through body mind centering, levels, shape and dynamics (see Laban Movement Analysis), sensory experiences through touch or contact improvisation, and perceptual schema.

Dance improvisation is not only about creating new movement but is also defined as freeing the body from habitual movement patterns. Dancer and singer Michael Jackson combined improvisation in both of those definitions, insisting that he had interest in performing a dance to Billie Jean only if he could do it a new way each time.

Tips for increasing your Dance improvisation

1. Get comfortable. Warm up and stretch. Wear movable clothing. Wear dancing shoes of your choice.

2. Find a space large enough to dance. Move furniture and other obstacles aside.

3. Be alone or just with your parner. Especially when you first start.

4. Get a mirror.A mirror will help you see how you look. If no mirror is available, a glass door or large window can provide some feedback, too. It helps to stand on the more brightly lit side.

5. Put on some music. Something upbeat with plenty of drama and variety is a good place to start. Try many different songs and styles to find what works for you.

6. Become familiar with the time and beat just by walking to the music. As you warm up, vary your steps and start to move your upper body any way that seems to go with the music.

7. Experiment with different ways to move. Arms, hands, legs, and feet are the obvious ones, but don't forget shoulders, knees, head, chest, hips and everything else. Notice what looks good and what feels good. Notice what works with your music.

8. Work up to dancing with your whole body. If you're extending a hand, for instance, follow with your chest and head and use your legs. Unless you intend to keep something motionless, you'll just end up looking stiff.

9. Try moving slowly between a series of poses, with or without slow music. Think about the shape and posture of your whole body.

10. Move to the music and do the obvious. Pantomime the words. Get bigger when the music gets louder; get faster when the music gets faster.

11. Put spirit, conviction, and enthusiasm into your dance. Shake, turn, move with the music. Intensity doesn't necessarily mean speed, though. A slow motion can be every bit as intense and deliberate as a quick one.

12. Notice moves and ways of moving, whether in other dancers or just in those around you. Dance is an amplification of body language you already know. Does your music call for you to puff up your chest and strut, or shrink sadly away?

13. Watch other dancers for moves and ideas. Also watch anybody else moving. Martial artists, figure skaters, actors on a stage, soccer players, and children can all suggest ways to move.

14. Take dancing lessons in different styles to learn motions, then mix them together. This is your own creation, so there's no reason that elements of belly dancing and ballet can't blend.

15. Try dropping in unexpected elements once you get the hang of it. Step on a beat when the music is still, subdivide the beat, change direction mid-measure or mid-phrase, and occasionally do something a bit contrary to the mood of the music.

Pulled from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance_improvisation

Pulled from: http://www.wikihow.com/Learn-Improvisational-Dance