A Guide to your First Swing Dance Event

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Are you excited but maybe a little hesitant about attending your first West Coast Swing dance event?  We get it, but the truth is that dance conventions and events are open to dancers of all skill levels, creating a pyramid-shaped demographic with the majority being amateur, hobbyist dancers just like you. Not only are dance events for all experience levels, but we also welcome all ages! From competitions divisions like Juniors (5+) to Masters (50+) there is a place for you to compete, but also a place for you to simply enjoy learning, dancing and socializing with new friends! We are here to help you get ready to experience the whirlwind of fun, dance, and socializing that will leave you with unforgettable memories!  Before you embark on this swingin’ adventure, let’s make sure you’re well-prepared for the journey ahead. 

What to Expect at a West Coast Swing Event: 

1. Workshops: The Knowledge Hub

Events feature top professionals from around the world, offering specialty workshops tailored to amateur dancers like you.  These workshops are a rare opportunity to learn fresh material from experts, and they differ from typical group classes.  Whether they are leveled or themed, each workshop holds the potential to elevate your dance skills and understanding exponentially.  Make the most of the opportunity and attend multiple workshops per day.

2. Competitions: Not Just for Pros

The captivating competition dancing you’ve seen in videos is a highlight of the weekend.  Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s only for the best dancers.  Events host competitions for every level, from Newcomers to Champions.  Initially, you might hesitate to compete, but witnessing the contest designed for dancers like you can be a regrettable miss.  Remember, competing is optional, and the fun lies in meeting people, cheering for friends, and feeling the energy on the dance floor.

3. Social Dancing: The Heart of the Event

Social dancing is the heartbeat of these events, available practically 24/7.  This immersive experience connects dancers from across the globe, communicating through the universal language of dance. The sheer joy of dancing with others and the continuous skill boost from the practice will leave you enchanted.  Don’t be intimidated by the skill levels around you; you’ll realize you fit in perfectly within the diverse range of dancers.

4. Dance Family: Embrace the Community

West Coast Swing is not just a dance; it’s a tight-knit community that spans the world.  Dance events serve as family reunions, where old friends meet and new friendships blossom.  Attendees are eager to connect with others making it easy to strike up conversations and build lasting relationships.  Embrace the dance family and you’ll leave the event with new dance buddies from all corners of the globe.

5. The Afterglow: Transformative Experience

Your first event will be nothing short of transformative. Initially, you might feel a bit overwhelmed, but as you immerse yourself in the dancing, each night will become more enchanting.  By the end, you’ll leave on a high, feeling a mix of exhaustion and euphoria.  The afterglow will stay with you, especially if you continue taking private lessons, attending workshop weekends, and practicing what you’ve learned.  Share your experience with friends, and watch your dance community grow as they become eager to join in the magic.

Ready to Take the Leap?

We promised a pros-and-cons list, but there’s only one side here – the pros (pun intended.) So why wait? Dive into the world of West Coast Swing events and experience the joy, inspiration, and connections that await you!  Next let’s chat about choosing your first event!

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