Blog Updates for West Coast Swing and Hustle
2016 was transformative year. In January, I celebrated my 10th anniversary for teaching West Coast Swing in Connecticut. I was so surprised that a decade had passed to quickly. So much had happened and I had met so many people. All thanks to dance.
January 2016 started very well: we had new people in our Salsa, Hustle, and West Coast Swing classes, and we completed our 4th annual Dancing New Year's Eve CT event in Stamford, CT. But, it was the celebration of teaching in Connecticut for 10 years that made the beginning of 2016 so sweet.
2015 was a great year! Our year started in a new location in Norwalk, Dance Dimensions at 15 Cross Street. This new location was twice the size of the former studio and took the West Coast Swing, Hustle, and Salsa dances into the 21st century. A new dance floor really helped our big dance classes. The dance events we attended as a community brought everyone together and Dancing New Year's Eve CT was a success once again. Even Charlotte made great strides (literally).
We had an excellent set of Week 1 classes for Salsa, Hustle, and West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT. We had newcomers in all 3 of these dances and continue to have over 30 people in our beginner West Coast Swing class.
Our West Coast Swing classes in Norwalk, CT are still growing. Our Week 1 class on Thursday, September 3, 2015 was attended by 37 dancers, of which 13 were newcomers to West Coast Swing. Our regular dancers attend the beginner class to continuously improve their basic knowledge (a true dancer never graduates from a beginner class) and to warm up for the Intermediate/Advanced class afterwards.
Our West Coast Swing beginner class in Norwalk, CT on August 6 had the largest attendance of 2015. With 34 dancers, this might be largest beginner series in Connecticut. We have dancers coming from near (Norwalk, CT) and far (Chappaqua, NY) just to be a part of the great community of dancers that supports our weekly Thursday classes and parties in Norwalk, CT.
Anna and I were invited to be the guest artists at the Ballroom Dinner Dance at the Portuguese Cultural Center in Danbury, CT on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Hosted by Jerry and Deborah, this dance featured 108 dancers from all over the Connecticut area and had enough space to hold them all. We were invited to demonstrate West Coast Swing and Hustle and also teach a mini West Coast Swing lesson.
Even though summer officially started almost a month ago, the temperature has only reached over 90 degrees in the last few days. For many dance studios, the major challenge is to keep the studio temperature low so that dancers can be comfortable during classes as well during the parties. But at Dance Dimensions in Norwalk, CT, our Hustle and West Coast Swing dancers are able to stay cool.
The first 2 weeks of July have been especially good for West Coast Swing in Norwalk CT. The beginner class for both weeks was attended by about 30 dancers and each night had a total in excess of 40 dancers. These large classes allow for a lot of social interaction between newcomers and regulars.
The West Coast Swing class in Connecticut just completed a month (four 1-hour classes) studying musicality. As I explained to the class on week 1, everything that I was teaching would be compressed information. This meant that every class I taught ideally would have been experienced in double the time: 1 hour of musical theory, and 1 hour of dance application. Because this weekly class is only 1 hour long, dancing took precedent.