Making The Most of Your Private Lessons


by Louise Bretz

So, you�ve decided you want more than you can get from group lessons, and have called your instructor to schedule a private. "How much!? For only one hour?" Or perhaps you have taken some private lessons, but feel you are not getting what you should out of them. Here are some tips on making the most of that expensive lesson time.

Before the lesson: Come Prepared

•1. Make sure you know the correct location and time of the lesson. At a convention, this could come down to "which hallway?" Showing up late typically comes out of your pocket.


•2. Clarify the actual cost and duration of the lesson so that you are not surprised or disappointed later. For some teachers or studios, an "hour" private is actually 55 or 50 minutes. This helps them stay on time.


•3. What happens if you have to miss or cancel?


•4. Know why you are there. What are you hoping to learn or "fix"? In this, the same advice applies as is frequently given for consultations with doctors or lawyers. Make a list (mental is OK, but writing it down is better), of items you want to cover. These may be patterns, syncopations, or techniques you are having trouble with. If you walk in and say, "Make me a better dancer," you are at the instructor�s mercy. They will give you input to make you a better dancer, but it may not be the input you felt you were looking for. Example: A friend of mine once came from a private lesson with a famous instructor. I asked how it was. He looked chagrined, and replied "I just spent $50 to learn I should lead with my body instead of my arm." Obviously he already knew this, but had not planned on what additional input he wanted from this instructor in advance.


•5. If you are at a convention, taking a one time private from one of the "Greats," you may want to ask yourself, "Why am I choosing this particular instructor? What is it about their dancing that I would like to emulate or learn from?" Example: If you want to work on syncopations, you may not want a lesson from the master of the multiple-spin pattern.


During the lesson: Take control of your dance destiny.

•1. Talk to your instructor. They can help you better if they know a little more about you, whether it is your regular instructor or not. They will benefit by knowing the following information. Be honest...there is no reason to try and impress them!

◦How long have you been dancing swing?


◦How often do you actually dance?


◦Who have you studied with?


◦Do you have other dance background?

What are your dance goals? (for example, do you want to feel great on the social floor, or are you looking to win a high profile contest?) If you are taking a series of privates from an instructor, you can work together to establish goals and a program to meet them.

Is this a one-time private lesson, or are you planning on taking a series?

 

•2. Make sure your instructor answers your questions. All instructors have pet dance peeves, and can easily digress off your path. Keep your instructor on track.


•3. Keep an eye on the clock, especially if you have multiple topics you want covered, and get the instructor to switch topics when you are ready to move on.


•4. Know your own limits and learning styles. If you are getting too much information, tell them. If you want more or less repetition, tell them.


•5. Be flexible. While it is your lesson and your money, you are paying for the instructor�s expertise. They may see a problem you didn�t know existed and it may change the course of a lesson in a very fruitful way. Example:

I once took a lesson at a convention, and asked the teacher to show me some of her syncopations, in addition to some other things. After dancing with me she told me, "If I were a guy, I wouldn�t ask you to dance. Here�s why." Thinking I was a pretty good follower, my jaw dropped to the floor. She gave me great advice, and I was still able to get my original topics covered by keeping an eye on the clock.


•6. Be open to advice or techniques that are different from your previous instructors. After all, you are paying this person big bucks for their opinion. Don�t waste time and money arguing. Take it in and work with it for awhile before rushing to a judgment.


The Almighty Dollar: Stretching the Value

Here are a few tips for increasing the value of your private lesson dollar.

•1. Ask if you may videotape the lesson. Many instructors allow this at no extra cost, some charge an extra fee, and some don�t allow taping. I doesn�t hurt to ask.


•2. Bring a partner. Most instructors charge the same fee for a single person or a couple. A couple can split the costs.


•3. Ask for a package deal. You may be able to get a discount if you buy 5 or 10 lessons up front.


•4. Arrange a small group class with, say, two or three couples. You get more individual attention than in a regular group class, with less expense per person than for a private lesson. Ask your instructor for details.


•5. Barter. Do you have a skill for which the instructor may be interested in trading lessons? For example, are you a massage therapist, advertising specialist, graphic artist, photographer, chiropractor, etc.


•6. Some instructors charge more for varous conditions such as method of payment, or subject matter of the lesson, such as aerials. Ask before you go.


Pulled from http://westcoastswingamerica.com/

 

West Coast Swing can be danced to almost any music written in 4/4 time at speeds ranging from very slow to very fast; 15 to 45 Measures per Minute, ideally at 32 Measures per Minute (15x4=60 bpm, 32x4 = 128 bpm, 45x4=180 bpm). The character of the dance changes over that range. At the slowest speeds the dance tends to exhibit a highly elastic connection with the possibility of very sexy, "slinky" walks for the lady, and a slight backward leaning poise at the full extent of the connection. At faster speeds the partners become more upright and the connection shortens with more of a "push and pull" feel and look.

The "ideal" speed for WCS has been cited as 32 Measures per Minute (32x4 = 128 bpm),[34] compared to advice to choose "records that are around 28 mpm" (28x4= 112 bpm) for "Western Swing".

In writing about West Coast Swing, Skippy Blair advises that, "The only problem that exists in SWING is when someone decides there is only ONE WAY to dance it. There is never only ONE WAY to do anything ..." "'Try on' different styles that you admire in other people...until you find the comfortable one that FITS YOU."

Dancing to different types of music gives a different feel and look.

Below list pulled from http://www.danceamanda.com/west-coast-swing-music/


---------------------- Music List ----------------------

Song Artist Genre Speed
(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again Pure Funk Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
4 Minutes Madonna WCS Contemporary Medium
A Lover Like You   Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
After Party Koffee Brown WCS Contemporary Medium
All Night Thing Invisible Man's Band Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
All to Myself (Radio Mix) Guy Sebastian WCS Contemporary Medium
Because Of You Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Medium
Been Waiting Jessica Mauboy WCS Contemporary Medium
Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself) Eric Clapton Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Best of My Love The Emotions Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Big Legs Big Joe & The Dynaflows Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Billy Jean Michael Jackson WCS Contemporary Medium
Blueboy John Fogerty Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Blues is my business Etta James Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Cause I love you Mike Morgan and the Crawl Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Cease And Desist Delbert McClinton Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Chain of Fools Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Cheaper To Keep Her James Solberg Band Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Chitllins Con Carne Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Closer Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Medium
Cocaine Robin Thicke WCS Contemporary Medium
Cool Cool Thang Everett Bradley Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Cow Cow Boogie Jonathan Stout & Campus Five Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Cream Prince WCS Contemporary Medium
Cry To Me Solomon Burke Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Damaged Danity Kane WCS Contemporary Medium
Dead Presidents / Big Joe Burrell And The Unknown Blues Band Big Joe Burrell & The Unknown Blues Band Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me Robbie Williams Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Empty Arms Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Fearless Wes Carr WCS Contemporary Medium
Flo-Rida Feat Keha Cole-Right Round Dance - Various Artists WCS Contemporary Medium
Forever (Official Remix) (Shouts) ( 2oo8 ) Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne & Lupe Fiasco WCS Contemporary Medium
Give Me The Night Randy Crawford Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Gnarls Barkley Gnarls Barkley WCS Contemporary Medium
Grandmaster Flash   Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Honky Tonk   Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Hot Mess Sam Sparro Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
I Can't Stand The Rain Eruption Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
I Feel Lucky Mary Chapin Carpenter Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas WCS Contemporary Medium
It's Alright Seal Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Just Dance feat. Colby O'Donis Lady GaGa WCS Contemporary Medium
Just in case Jahiem Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Keep You Much Longer Akon WCS Contemporary Medium
Let's Waste Some Time Marc Jordan Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Like I Love You Justin Timberlake WCS Contemporary Medium
Look At Little Sister Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Love And Happiness First Choice Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Love Sex Magic (Jason Nevins Radio Edit) Ciara Feat. Justin Timberlake WCS Contemporary Medium
LoveStoned (I think she knows) Justin Timberlake WCS Contemporary Medium
Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 WCS Contemporary Medium
Memories David Guetta Feat. Kid CuDi WCS Electro Medium
Mercy Duffy Pop Medium
Midnight Bottle Colbie Caillat WCS Contemporary Medium
Move Your Feet Junior Senior WCS Contemporary Medium
Movin' And A Groovin' Sam Cooke/Lou Rawls Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Music Leela James Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
My Baby Just Cares For Me Johnny Ferreira & The Swing Machine Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
My Baby Just Cares For Me Nina Simone Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Nelly Furtado - Say It Right Various Artists WCS Contemporary Medium
One Drop of Love Ray Charles Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Patient Man Jimmy LaFave Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Pixie Lott Mama Do (Oh Uh Oh Uh) WCS Contemporary Medium
Play that Funky Music 70 disco Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Poker Face Lady Gaga WCS Contemporary Medium
Promiscuous (Radio Edit) Nelly Furtado WCS Contemporary Medium
Rescue Me Fontella Bass Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Rock with You Michael Jackson WCS Contemporary Medium
Sexbomb Tom Jones WCS Contemporary Medium
Some People Reba Russell Band Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Stand By Me Seal Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Stay Wild Little Birdy WCS Contemporary Medium
Step It Up Alice Russell/The Bamboos Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Street Walking Woman Solomon Burke Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Strut Taj Mahal Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Take A Little Time Les Rythmes Digitales WCS Contemporary Medium
Take You There Donnie Klang WCS Contemporary Medium
Tears Of A Fool Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Temptation Diana Krall Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
The way you make me feel Michael Jackson Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
The Way You Make Me Feel (Acoustic Version) Guy Sebastian Pop Medium
Troublemaker Ft. Sweet Rush Akon WCS Contemporary Medium
Up Down Jessica Mauboy WCS Contemporary Medium
Upside Down Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Wade in the Water Eva Cassidy Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Way I Are (Feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.) Timbaland WCS Contemporary Medium
What Y'All Came To Do (featuring John Legend) ARETHA FRANKLIN Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed Glenn Frey Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
Wicked Game Chris Isaak Blues/Funk/Swing Medium
5 women Prince Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
99 Times Kate Voegele WCS Contemporary Slow
A Natural Man Lou Rawls Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Ain't Leavin Without You Jaheim Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Ain't Leavin Without You (Remix) Ft. Jadakiss Jaheim WCS Contemporary Slow
Ain't Too Proud to Beg The Temptations Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
All The Way Craig David WCS Contemporary Slow
Alvino Rey - Night Train Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Baby Cakes Bop Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Baby Get Down TOMI WCS Contemporary Slow
Baby You've Got What It Takes James Brown Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Backseat Blues Roomful of Blues Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Beat Again (Radio Rip) JLS WCS Contemporary Slow
Because Of You Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Slow
Beyounce   Slow WCS Slow
Black Velvet Alannah Myles WCS Contemporary Slow
Black. White & Blue Sonny Landreth Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Blue light boogie Taj Mahal Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Breakeven The Script WCS Contemporary Slow
Brick House Commodores Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Bust Your Windows (Glee Cast Version) Glee Cast WCS Contemporary Slow
Buttons (Feat. Snoop Dogg) The Pussycat Dolls WCS Contemporary Slow
Cassie - Long Way 2 Go Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
Cause I Love You / Mike Morgan & The Crawl Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Cheaper To Keep Her James Solberg Band Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Cherish Featuring Sean Paul - Do It To It Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
Chitllins Con Carne Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Clap Again (Bonus) Akon WCS Contemporary Slow
Cleo's Mood Jr. Walker & The All Stars Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Come on Over (All I Want Is You) Christina Aguilera WCS Contemporary Slow
Cow Cow Boogie Jonathan Stout & Campus Five Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Cuppa Joe Bellevue Cadillac Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Curbside Prophet Jason Mraz WCS Contemporary Slow
Damaged Danity Kane WCS Contemporary Slow
Dangerous (feat. Akon) Kardinal Offishall WCS Contemporary Slow
Do I Need You Unknown Artist Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Don't Cha The Pussycat Dolls WCS Contemporary Slow
Don't Play That Song Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Down Home Eddy Senay Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Everything Is Everything Lauryn Hill WCS Contemporary Slow
Ev'ry Day I Have The Blues (Featuring Lowell Fulson) The Jimmy Rogers All Stars Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Fall Heather Headley WCS Contemporary Slow
Feel So Good Jamiroquai WCS Contemporary Slow
Fish Girl Blues Trudy Lynn Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Follow Me Uncle Kracker Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Forever Chris Brown WCS Contemporary Slow
Found a New Love Bryn Christopher WCS Contemporary Slow
Get Bizzy Paris Bennett WCS Contemporary Slow
Give It To Me Timbaland feat Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake WCS Contemporary Slow
Give It To Me (Feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake) Timbaland WCS Contemporary Slow
Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Gold Digger Jamie Foxx/Kanye West WCS Contemporary Slow
Gone Cam'ron/Consequence/Kanye West WCS Contemporary Slow
Good Life (Ft. T-Pain) Kanye West WCS Contemporary Slow
Heart Attack and Vine Screamin Jay Hawkins Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Here I Am (Come and Take Me) Seal Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Honky Tonk Song/Honky Tonk / Don Wise Don Wise Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Can't Dance Genesis WCS Contemporary Slow
I Can't Go for That Donny Osmond Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Can't Go For That Hall & Oates Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Can't Stand the Rain Seal Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Don't Know Ruth Brown Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Feel Lucky Mary Chapin Carpenter Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
I Wanna love You Clean Akon feat Snoop WCS Contemporary Slow
I Wish Stevie Wonder Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
If it ain't one thing it's another Unknown Artist Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Just Dance Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis WCS Contemporary Slow
Kiss Tom Jones WCS Contemporary Slow
Lady Marmalade Christina Aguilera WCS Contemporary Slow
Layla (Unplugged Version) Eric Clapton Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Let It Rock (feat. Lil Wayne) Kevin Rudolf WCS Contemporary Slow
Let the good times roll Bobby Womack Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Look At Little Sister Stevie Ray Vaughan Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Love Sex Magic (feat. Justin Timberlake) Ciara WCS Contemporary Slow
LoveGame Lady GaGa WCS Contemporary Slow
Lovely Day Bill Withers Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Magic Robin Thicke WCS Contemporary Slow
Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 WCS Contemporary Slow
Marvin And Miles Gare Du Nord Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
MC Lyte - Cold Rock A Party (Explicit LP Version) Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
Midnight Train To Georgia Gladys Knight & The Pips Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Milt Buckner - The Beast Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Miss Independent (Produced By StarGate) Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Slow
Move Your Feet Junior Senior WCS Contemporary Slow
Mr. Smooth Jamie Leo WCS Contemporary Slow
Musiq Soulchild - B.U.D.D.Y Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
My One And All Down To The Bone Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Natural Born Lover Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
New York City The Peter Malick Group Feat. Norah Jones Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
No One Alicia Keys WCS Contemporary Slow
Omarion - Entourage Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
People Everyday Arrested Development WCS Contemporary Slow
People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix) James Brown Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Pon De Replay (Full Phatt Remix) Rihanna WCS Contemporary Slow
Queen Latifah DJ Mast Presents Do You Remember? Slow WCS Slow
Replay IYAZ WCS Contemporary Slow
Replay (Prod. by J.R. Rotem) Iyaz WCS Contemporary Slow
R-E-S-P-E-C-T Aretha Franklin & The Blues Brothers Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Revival Martine Girault Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Rock Your Body Justin Timberlake WCS Contemporary Slow
Rockin Pneumonia Ronnie McDowell Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Rockin' Pneumonia Ronnie Mcdowell Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Rocksteady Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
S.O.S (Let The Music Play) Jordin Sparks WCS Contemporary Slow
Save A Horse [Ride A Cowboy] Big & Rich Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Save Me Jem Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Sexy Love Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Slow
Sexy Love (Produced By StarGate) Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Slow
Shackles (Praise You) Mary Mary WCS Contemporary Slow
Shackles (Praise You) Mary Mary WCS Contemporary Slow
Shakin' It For Daddy (Feat. Nicki Minaj)(Prod. By Polow Da Don) Robin Thicke WCS Contemporary Slow
Shock Ya Mind Flow Dynamics Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Skeletons Stevie Wonder Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Smells Like Funk Black Eyed Peas WCS Contemporary Slow
Somebody Buy Me A Drink Oscar Brown jr. Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Spotlight Jennifer Hudson WCS Contemporary Slow
Starstruck Lady GaGa. Space Cowboy & Flo Rida WCS Contemporary Slow
Start The Car Start The Car - Desconhecido Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Still Dirrty Christina Aguilera WCS Contemporary Slow
Strobe Lights Emmanuel WCS Contemporary Slow
Stronger Kanye West WCS Contemporary Slow
Superstition Stevie Wonder Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Sweet Music Kylie Minogue WCS Contemporary Slow
Take Me To The River Eva Cassidy Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Take Me With You Lyn Christopher Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Take You There Donnie Klang WCS Contemporary Slow
Takin' the Long Way Home Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
The Blues Is Alright ZZ Hill Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
The Pussycat Dolls - I Don't Need A Man Various Artists WCS Contemporary Slow
The Same Love That Made Me Lau Queen Latifah Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King & Eric Clapton Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Think Tom Jones And Jools Holland Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
This Love (Kanye West Remix) Maroon 5 WCS Contemporary Slow
This Temptation Blue WCS Contemporary Slow
Tik Tok Kesha WCS Contemporary Slow
Too Many Questions Sam Sparro WCS Contemporary Slow
Touch the Sky Kanye West/Lupe Fiasco WCS Contemporary Slow
Track 11 VasWillNameSoonAsHeCan Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Turn Off The Lights Frank De Jo Jo Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Unstoppable (ft Lil' Wayne) Kat DeLuna WCS Contemporary Slow
Up In The Party Flow Dynamics Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
Upside Down Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
What's Going On Marvin Gaye Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
When The Lights Go Out Jimmy Witherspoon Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
You Got It Hannah Montana Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
You Had Me Joss Stone WCS Contemporary Slow
You let my love grow cold Dinah Washington Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
You Rock My World Michael Jackson Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
You Sent Me Flying Amy Winehouse Blues/Funk/Swing Slow
(I Think You Made Your) Move Too Soon   Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
05 AP Flo Rida ft. T-Pain - Low   WCS Contemporary Fast
A Fool In Love Delbert McClinton Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Ability To Swing Patti Austin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Alkazar -This is the world we live in Various MegaDance 2005 WCS Contemporary Fast
All Around The World Lou Rawls Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Alligator Meat/Joe Swift With Johnny Otis & His Orchestra Joe Swift With Johnny Otis & His Orchestra Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Baby Please Don't Go Sonny Landreth Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Back In A Cadiliac Coco Montoya Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Believe Ministers De-La-Funk Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Billie Jean Michael Jackson WCS Contemporary Fast
Black And Gold Sam Sparro WCS Contemporary Fast
Black Stick Frank Bennett Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Blue. Blue World Roomful of Blues Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Blues Stew Kenny Neal Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Bulletproof La Roux WCS Contemporary Fast
Can't Stop Loving You Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Car Wash Rose Royce Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Cassius 99 Remix Cassius WCS Electro Fast
Chase Our Love Chris Brown WCS Contemporary Fast
Cheaper To Keep Her Johnny Taylor Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Closer (Produced By StarGate) Ne-Yo WCS Contemporary Fast
Come Back Josh Rouse WCS Contemporary Fast
Dancing on broken glass   Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Danny's All-Star Joint Rickie Lee Jones Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Diggin' on James Brown Tower of Power Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Dj SuNaIz Ft Sean Paul $ Rihana - Break It Off (bD Remix)(134Bpm) Dj SuNaI(Dj SnY) WCS Contemporary Fast
Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough Michael Jackson WCS Contemporary Fast
Down (ft. Lil' Wayne) Jay Sean WCS Contemporary Fast
Erotic City Prince & The Revolution WCS Contemporary Fast
Evacuate The Dancefloor (Radio Edit) Cascada Dance Fast
Everything Michael Buble Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Evil Gal Blues Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Fantastic Shakers West coast swing Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Feel So Good Jamiroquai WCS Contemporary Fast
Fever Little Willie John Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Fire Babyface & Desree Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Freeway Of Love Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Funky Mama Danny Gatton Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Give and Take   Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Got a Thing on My Mind Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Got To Give It Up David Sanborn Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Gotta Get Thru This (D'n'D Radio Edit) Daniel Bedingfield WCS Contemporary Fast
Hallelujah I Love Him So Rita Coolidge Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Headed In The Right Direction India.Arie Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Higher Ground Stevie Wonder Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Hollywood Madonna WCS Contemporary Fast
How To Save A Life The Fray WCS Contemporary Fast
I Ain't Jivin'. I'm Jammin' Leon Huff Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
I Got The Blues Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
I Love Being Here With You Ernestine Anderson Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
I Want A Little Doggie (Remix) Lena Horne WCS Electro Fast
If You Seek Amy Britney Spears WCS Contemporary Fast
In for the Kill La Roux WCS Contemporary Fast
It's About That Walk Prince WCS Contemporary Fast
its alright Huey lewis Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
I've Got The Music In Me Kiki Dee Band Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
James Dean Daniel Bedingfield WCS Contemporary Fast
Jazzy Lady Richard 'Dimples' Fields Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Just Fine Mary J. Blige WCS Contemporary Fast
Just Like A Fish Unknown Artist Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Kid Cudi Vs Crookers-Daynnite Dance - Various Artists WCS Electro Fast
Knock on Wood Seal Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Leroy Hadidi - The James Bond Theme Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Let It Whip The Dazz Band Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Let There Be Love Chris Botti Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Long John Hunter Long John Hunter Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Love Foolosophy Jamiroquai WCS Contemporary Fast
Made For Lovin You Anastasia WCS Contemporary Fast
Makes Me Wonder Maroon 5 WCS Contemporary Fast
Mary Had a Little Lamb Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Mercy Duffy WCS Contemporary Fast
Mister 5x5 Jonathan Stout & Campus Five Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
My Baby Just Cares For Me Unknown Artist Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Now That's Country Marty Stuart Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Oh Why Little Richard Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Paparazzi Lady GaGa WCS Contemporary Fast
Promises India.Arie Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Pump It! Black Eyed Peas WCS Contemporary Fast
Pussycat Dolls ft. Timberland - Wait   WCS Contemporary Fast
Respect Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Right Now (Na Na Na) Akon WCS Contemporary Fast
Right Round (feat. Ke$ha) Flo Rida WCS Contemporary Fast
Rubberneckin' (Paul Oakenfold remix Radio Edit) Paul Oakenfold Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Satellite Colin James Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Sean Paul Feat. Rihana - Break It Off   WCS Contemporary Fast
Sexy Chick (Clean Album Version Extended) David Guetta Feat. Akon WCS Contemporary Fast
Sexy Chick (Clean Album Version) David Guetta Feat. Akon WCS Contemporary Fast
Shake Your Groove Thing Peaches & Herb Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
She Says (Wahoo Remix) Milke WCS Contemporary Fast
She Wants To Dance With Me Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Sho' Enough Tommy Castro Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Shoo Fly Pie Jonathan Stout & Campus Five Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Sick & Tired Boz Scaggs Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Sinnerman [Felix da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix] Nina Simone WCS Electro Fast
Slow Down India.Arie Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Smooth Operator Sade WCS Contemporary Fast
Somebody Loves You Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Spankin' Leroy Lucky Peterson Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Stop Thinking Take (Start Thinking Give) / Darrell Nulish Darrell Nulish Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Strobe Lights Emmanuel WCS Contemporary Fast
Sweet Home Chicago Blues Brothers Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Tango in Harlem Touch and Go WCS Contemporary Fast
Tanqueray Johnnie Johnson Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Tell Mama Etta James Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
The Black Eyed Peas - My Humps Various Artists WCS Contemporary Fast
The Blues Is Alright Little Milton Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
The sweet escape Gwen Stefani feat Akon WCS Contemporary Fast
Think Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
To the Light Newton Faulkner WCS Contemporary Fast
Toxic Britney Spears - [EMG] WCS Contemporary Fast
Try Matty's Aretha Franklin Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Turn Up The Radio Lenny B. Feat. Nj WCS Contemporary Fast
Waiting For The Blues Various Artists Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
What A Life David Foster And The Mohegan Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
When Love Takes Over David Guetta / Kelly Rowland WCS Contemporary Fast
Who is he   Blues/Funk/Swing Fast
Wish I Didn't Miss You Angie Stone WCS Contemporary Fast
Working Day and Night Michael Jackson WCS Contemporary Fast
You Give Me Something Jamiroquai WCS Contemporary Fast
You Got The Power (Extended Version) War Blues/Funk/Swing Fast

Kellese Key

By Kendra Zara

Interview with Kellese Key! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you better!

1. How/Why did you start dancing? Specifically WCS

I grew up in a dance studio called Bruce Lea Dance Factory in Fort Worth TX from the ages of 2-18. At 19, my Mother introduced me to "Push", which was basically Texas' version of Jitter Bug / Swing.. as I understood it. I felt like it was all old people (my age now..grrr) and did not want any part of it.. UNTIL she brought in the BIG GUNS and introduced me to BARRY JONES!!!!! That was IT!!!! He is BEAUTIFUL and WONDERFUL and HELL YES. I'M IN!!!!!!! Thank God he wanted to dance with me too and put up with me for so long!!! What a blessing straight from God!!!! I've been in since and will never leave, good Lord willin'!!! Amen!

2. What if any other dances do you do? And which do you feel helps you with your WCS the most?

I studied, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Clogging and Theatre for about 12-13 years... after WCS, I learned Carolina Shag and other than that, I have not studied any other form. ALL of the dances help me to be a better dancer all together.. for West Coast or anything I choose to dabble in.. I have seen other dances that also influence me.. just by watching them.. Salsa, Zook, Argentine Tango.. SYTYCD.. hahahahahahaa I get inspired by different things and those things push me continually!!

3. What do you love most about your job? Is WCS your primary job?

WCS used to be a hobby for me. I have always worked full time parallel to WCS until Swank! I traveled so much teaching WCS that all of my sick time, vacation time.. heck, family time.. was taken by teaching WCS all over the globe.. a blessing yes but also a curse to our family! So, upon hearing the news of my Dad being taken by cancer soon, I decided to spend every last minute by his side. How can I do this and still possibly make money? Our expenses require double income! I KNOW!! Create my WCS DVDs!!! I have been in this community for 20+ years and I do not have any DVDS out!!!! What is wrong with me?? I need to GIVE BACK!!! While I CAN!!!! So, what started off as a simple DVD to help us, turned into a Business with Big Plans... Plans I wanted my Dad to see!!! My Dad was an Entrepreneur and an Inventor.. a VERY SUCCESSFUL ONE!! I wanted to show him that I could do this BEFORE I lost him... Unfortunately, Swank turned out to be a HUGE JOB physically and financially!!! I lost him in the making of... So I have dedicated "Swank Dance Fitness" to my Dad, Douglas Lee Chilton!

4. What advice would you give those who strive to make it in WCS?

WCS is the greatest dance of all time.. in my humble opinion. I love the freedom it provides!! I love the friendships that you gain all around the globe!!! I love to DANCE!!! I love to hear GREAT MUSIC!!! I love to drink socially with friends!!!! I LOVE that I never have a day where I say... "I'm bored, what can we do?" I love that we travel!!!! West Coast Swing is AMAZING!!! Do not get discouraged by some of the creativity that you see!!! USE IT as Inspiration to push yourself!!! I truly believe WCS is a Universal Dance.. One that EVERYONE CAN DO!!! If you are interested in getting better at WCS on your own but do not have time to go to Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Clogging, ETC... you should try SWANK!! It teaches you individual movement.. LEVEL 1.. WEST COAST SWING... you get musicality without realizing it.. styling which people pay BIG BUCKS an hour for... and all of the basics in one package.. for Guys! for Girls! for Partners! Swank Dance Fitness is Brent and Kellese Key's style of West Coast Swing!!! I have traveled all over the world and get asked THE SAME QUESTIONS!!! Everyone wants THE SAME THING!!! When I finish with a private lesson, I get the SAME RESPONSES.. "You have changed my dance"... "I totally get it now"... "thank you so much".. "I'm winning competitions now".. "I wish I would have learned WCS this way from the beginning".... TRY IT!! If you have questions, that's GREAT! Contact me! I truly CARE about this dance and everyone in it! This is my biggest down fall... I truly CARE!!!

Robert Royston

By Kendra Zara

Interview with Robert Royston! Thanks so much for taking the time to let us get to know you better!

1. How/Why did you start dancing? Specifically WCS

I started with e/c swing when I was 15, but everyone in the country dance world started to switch over to WCS because there was more music you could do it to. Then I took an all day workshop with Carrie Lucas and I was hooked! Then Top of Beardsley's on Wed nights with Phil and Ed and boom I was hooked.

2. What if any other dances do you do? And which do you feel helps you with your WCS the most?

Um... lots of other dances! They all help! Always cross train!!

3. What do you love most about your job? Is WCS your primary job?

I love watching people learn! I love MC'ing and feeling like I help bridge the gap between the dancers and the crowd. No teaching WCS is not my primary job but it was and I feel blessed.

4. What advice would you give those who strive to make it in WCS?

Never stop learning, respect where we have come from, know where we are, and have insight into where you think we are going!!! lastly as said earlier... always cross train!!!!

Jennifer DeLuca

By Kendra Zara

1. How/Why did you start dancing? Specifically WCS

I fell upon WCS by accident. My Mother worked for Disney and knew another Cast Member who's brother (Mark Traynor) taught WCS classes locally in Orlando Fl. I started WCS when I was 15. I had came from a Ballet/Ballroom background. Was thrilled to come across a partner dance so musically diverse and artistic. It was love at first triple. :)

2. What if any other dances do you do? And which do you feel helps you with your WCS the most?

My background in dance training was mostly in Ballet. After 7 years of training to be a "Prima Ballerina" I was faced with some bad news. A bone tumor began to grow under my big toe nail. After multiple surgeries, the doctor claimed it to be on of the most aggressive growths he had seen. Due to a removal of bone in the big toe, I had to put away my point shoes and move onto another passion. As sad as it was at the time .... I would do it all over again to be where I am today.

3. What do you love most about your job? Is WCS your primary job?

I absolutely LOVE what I do. While my inner artist cant get enough of the stage, The teacher/student experience is what I value most. There is nothing better than sharing your seeds of knowledge with others, then watching them blossom to create seeds of their own. Rewarding .... over & over again.

4. What advice would you give those who strive to make it in WCS?

WCS is one of the hardest dances to pick up. While the basic patterns seem "not so basic" at times, the sheer freedom of movement within the patterns tend to intimidate MANY. We all know that learning the steps is necessary, but few take the time to learn the movements WITHIN the basic patterns. Its the magic that "connects the dots" Through the understanding of overall body movement, one can TRUELY get the most out of this dance. Wether it's attending workshops, booking privates or practicing on your own .... Show the dance some love and it will love you right back!

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