Choosing Your First WCS Event

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With so many fantastic events to choose from, selecting one might seem daunting.  Start with well-established events known for their inclusive atmosphere and focus on amateur dancers. We might be a little biased, but Floorplay Swing Vacation is a pretty spectacular place to start with a full newcomer track, 

Look for events that offer diverse workshops and prioritize the enjoyment of social dancing.

Remember, attending your first West Coast Swing dance event will mark the beginning of a life-changing journey. No pressure 😳 Embrace the experience, savor the memories, and let your passion for dance flourish in the global dance family.  So, pack your dance shoes and get ready to swing into a world of dance like never before with these great tips!

1. Preparing for Your Travel and Hotel Stay

To start off, book your travel and accommodation well in advance to get the best deals.  Look for nearby hotels or even consider rooming with other dancers to save costs.  A great place to find potential roommates is in the Facebook group for the event.  Not only will you save money, but you’ll also make new friends right from the get-go.

2. Arrival – Familiarize Yourself with the Venue

Once you arrive at the event venue, take some time to explore the entire hotel.  Familiarize yourself with the locations of all the ballrooms and essential areas like registration and dining options.  This way, you won’t waste any time trying to find your way around later.

3. Registration – Don’t Procrastinate!

Always register ahead of time through the event website to ensure the lowest pricing and the quickest lines at the registration desk.  Then when you arrive, make a beeline for the registration desk as soon as possible.  Ensure you’re registered for all the competitions, specialty workshops, or intensives you plan to participate in.  Many seasoned event-goers will tell you that due to the packed schedule, it’s wise to prioritize and pick two main activities – workshops, competitions, or social dancing.  Assess the schedule, circle your must-attend events, and plan breaks for food and rest accordingly.

4. Arrive Early for Competition Line-Ups

If you’re competing, arriving early for competition line-ups is crucial.  This allows you to get comfortable with the performance space, calm those pre-performance jitters, and even practice a bit if possible.  Remember, being early is being on time!

5. Socialize, Dance, and Soak in the Experience

We want to emphasize that a West Coast Swing dance event is not just about dancing; it’s a unique opportunity to connect with fellow dancers from all around the world.  So, don’t hesitate to strike up conversations, ask for dance tips, and join social dance circles.  Embrace the joy of the dance community and build lasting friendships.

6. Take Care of Yourself

Amidst all the excitement, remember to take care of yourself.  Stay hydrated, eat well, and make time for breaks to rest and recharge.  West Coast Swing events can be energy-consuming, and you’ll want to be at your best to make the most of the experience.  If you can stop at a local grocery store, or even order some supplies from InstaCart to ensure you have the water and snacks you need to enjoy while appeasing your budget!  At Floorplay we are fortunate to have a mini-mart with cold drinks, snacks and even a hot deli for easy meals.  We also have a starbucks in the main lobby and many 5 star restaurants across the street!

7. Capture the Memories

Finally, don’t forget your camera or smartphone! Capture the joyous moments and savor the memories of your first West Coast Swing dance event. You’ll cherish these photos and videos for years to come.Don’t forget to use the event hashtag too – #floorplayswingvacation

In conclusion, attending your first West Coast Swing dance event is a fantastic adventure filled with music, dance, and camaraderie.  By preparing for your travel and accommodation, familiarizing yourself with the venue, planning your schedule wisely, arriving early for competitions, and taking care of yourself, you’re all set to make this event an unforgettable one.  So, let’s dance our hearts out and swing our way to happiness!

See you on the dance floor!

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