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Pictures 2008


It's hard to know on which night to go to dance in Norwalk....especially with a dance as fierce as Hustle!  Our last dance of 2008 on Tues, Dec 30 had 30 hard core dancers and our guest instructor Steve Neeren from NYC. 


Well - That's it!  2008 is over.  But, 2009 is going to make last year look like a practice party.  See you there!



Over 30 dancers tore the roof off of Rhythm in Norwalk on Monday night, Dec 29 (yes, Monday) when West Coast Swing and Open Mic night came together.  The house band, The Bad Catz were a special treat for our dancers.

 

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Pictures 2010

Erik & Anna at Stamford Xmas Tree 2010

Erik & Anna starting the holiday season at the Stamford Xmas Tree lighting in Stamford, CT on Sun, Dec 5, 2010.


Erik Novoa, Lisette & Darcy on Nov 28, 2010

Lisette, Darcy & Erik hit the town after Saturday, WCSwing classes.


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The Swingin New England Photos are ready to be seen.
Bookends, Strictly Swings and Jack & Jills, it's all here.


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Congratulations
to Anthony & Rebecca DeRosa

They had a beautiful wedding this past weekend and I love watching them dance.

I had the honor of dancing with the bride and Anna danced with the groom....good friends because of dance!!


Erik Novoa & Anna Novoa - West Coast Swing at Oberlin College
Erik & Anna Novoa teach 8 workshops in West Coast Swing at Oberlin College on Sat, Oct 9 in Ohio.



Anna had an awesome dance with the amazing Alex Kim at the Hustle Room at the NY Salsa Congress on Sept 5.· There were 1000s (no exaggeration) of salsa dancers exposed to top-level Hustle during this Labor Day weekend event.



Summer Hummer 2010 was a great dancing and bonding experience. Here are most of the dancers that joined our tables for this awesome event.



Anna stands in front of Ochre Court Mansion in Newport, RI where were the guest instructors for Hustle and West Coast Swing on Aug 7, 2010. It was an amazing experience.


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Our West Coast Swing & Hustle classes performed a full routine in the Choreographers' Showcase at the Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, CT on Friday, July 30, 2010.· They did a great job and exemplify how dance can bring people together. Bravo!!

Anna and I finally have some promo pictures for our new routines.
(These are from Disco America 2010 - see the rest)

We hope you get a chance to see them a one of the events near you.



Deborah Székely taught some awesome WCS workshops this past weekend. She and I were most impressed with the Jazz class.

 
Liberty Swing was a fantastic dance event last weekend.· Visionary routines along with social Jack & Jills made it inspiring. See the Liberty Swing pictures

Congrats to Josh (1st Place) and Mark (4th Place) for their amazing moments in the Novice Jack & Jill

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Anna and I had an amazing experience at Stardust dance weekend.· We debuted a new WCS and Hustle routine and resurrected our former Contemporary Ballet routine.· Here's a look from the performance on Sat, June 12 and below is a sneak peek at some of our rehearsals.

Erik's dancing birthday party was just incredible. Over 70 people from all over the area danced the night away.
Steve & Anthony (our DJ) did a great job w their workshops and music on Sun, June 6.


Josh & Sevens have a fun dance at the Platinum Party, where over 90 people attended.

New couple, Jeff & Meghan are dancing with everyone including each other on Week 3 of West Coast Swing at Dance Dimensions in Norwalk, CT

 
 
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Watch the video of our Hustle TV Promo on CT-Style.· Pass it along and let people know what we do.
 
 
 
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And here's our West Coast Swing TV Promo.
 


 
 

Some of our Hustle crew filmed a 5min commercial.· We'll keep you posted on our air date.
 
 
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Watch the video of our West Coast Swing March Choreography. I'm excited to see what April's choreography will look like.·
Start it this Week!
 

Boston Tea Party Swing Dance event was so good, even Tatiana was doing flips!··· But I still think our group had the best time.


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23 of us had a great time at Boston Tea Party Swing Dance Event last weekend.· We can't wait for the rest of this year's events.
(special thanks to Liza May for this pic)
 
 
Maria Torres and Erik NovoaErik & Maria Torres are all hugs after her Latin Jazz class on Sat, March 20. That class explored movement that was different and challenging.· Here's a quick peak:
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Just a taste of what our advanced West Coast Swing class has to offer.· Some of the people in this video started their WCS journey with us. This video was taken on March 18, 2010.

 
You know dance is a priority when you spend your Birthday at West Coast Swing night.· Happy Birthday Lisette!
Another way you can tell someone likes West Coast Swing is when they travel from Brooklyn, NY to Norwalk, CT for our classes and party.· Jen is getting better fast!!
 
 

 
Erik Novoa & Anna Brady dance Hustle at MADjam
Anna and Erik kick it to another level at MADjam 2010. Congratulations to the Competitive Crew for placing in almost every division.· It was a special weekend.
 


 

Thurs, Feb 11 - Some new faces, some regular faces, and one birthday girl (Kim) and one birthday boy (Cliff). If you don't know them, come meet everyone at West Coast Swing night, every Thursday.

 


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New Year's Dancin Eve was so much fun.· We're looking forward to going to many other events in 2010 as a group.· Above, Anna and Charity conga around the ballroom on New Year's Eve.
 
 
 
 

Pictures 2011

Wes & Mary Carrajat at Connecticut Dancing New Year's Eve 2012
Wes & Mary Carrajat had a great time as DJs for The Connecticut Dancing New Year's Eve on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 in Stamford, CT. We were sold out for dinner and had a room of Salsa and a room of Hustle/West Coast Swing. It was a great way to start 2012!!


West Coast Swing dance class in Norwalk, CT on Nov 17, 2011
26 dancers took the Beg/Int West Coast Swing Class on Thurs, Nov 17, 2011.  We had 43 people during our weekly party.


SwingShoes Group at Swingin New England 2011
Erin Santa winner of the Novice Jack & Jill at Swingin New England 2011
We had 30 West Coast Swing dancers with our group at Swingin New England 2011. Our own Erin S. won the Novice Jack & Jill division.
Sarah Richards, Robert Cordoba, Anna Novoa, Erik Novoa on Nov 6, 2011
West Coast Swing workshops in Connecticut on Nov 6, 2011
Special thank you to Robert Cordoba for the great West Coast Swing workhops on Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 in Norwalk, CT.


46 People were at our Week 1 West Coast Swing classes on Thursday, Nov 3, 2011 in Norwalk, CT
Krista dancing West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT on Nov 3, 2011
Chris & Krista enjoy their 2nd month of West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT on Thurs, Nov 3, 2011.

West Coast Swing on Oct 27, 2011 in Norwalk, CT
Halloween West Coast Swing was so much fun in Norwalk, CT on Oct 27, 2011.
Some dressed up, some dressed down, but all had a good time!


We had a full house on Week 2 of Oct 2011. Almost 30 people took the Beginner Class of West Coast Swing in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Try Hustle or West Coast Swing!


WC Swing & Hustle at the Ailey Citigroup Theater
Group picture of WC Swing & Hustle at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater
19 of our dancers performed their Student Showcase in at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC on Wed, Aug 31, 2011. It was the first student group to perform on a professional NYC stage ever!!!
West Coast Swing & Hustle Showcase Cast Picture
20 of our dancers are getting ready for their West Coast Swing and Hustle Medley performance at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City.
Read about their journey.
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Anna Novoa at Swing Fling 2011 - Intermediate Jack & Jill
Swing Fling was a great event. Music was great, lighting was magical, WCS & Hustle at one event, and an organized staff. The Swing Fling Jack & Jill finals pictures are ready to be seen.

Video of the West Coast Swing and Hustle Medley in the Student Showcase at the Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, CT on Fri, July 29, 2011.

2011 Student Showcase of West Coast Swing & Hustle in Norwalk, CT
25 dancers performed in the Choreographers' Showcase at the Crystal Theatre in Norwalk, CT on Fri, July 29, 2011. Their West Coast Swing & Hustle medley was one of the top numbers of the show and even closed the first act.
West Coast Swing & Hustle show after-party in Norwalk, CT
The cast party was off the hook!!!

Platinum West Coast Swing & Hustle Party
The Platinum West Coast Swing & Hustle Party in NYC was great on Fri, July 15, 2011.


Liberty Swing
Liberty Swing 2011 Group Photo
The SwingShoes group had a great time at Liberty Swing 2011. If you'd like to be a part of the events we attend, check us out here!
Liberty Swing 2011 picture of Kim Brolet in the Adv division of the Jack & Jills
Our very own Kim rocks in the Adv Jack & Jill division of Liberty Swing on June 25.


The advanced West Coast Swing class worked on a routine to the new sensation, Adele's, Rolling in the Deep on May 26, 2011.
Your journey could start this week!

West Coast Swing in Connecticut on May 14, 2011
Guest Instructor, Arjay, taught 4 great West Coast Swing workshops in Connecticut on Sat, May 14, 2011.


West Coast Swing demonstration at Cloonan Middle School in Stamford, CT
On Fri, May 6, Erik & Anna gave a demonstration of West Coast Swing to Cloonan Middle School in Stamford, CT. They discussed how staying in school and going to college can help make your dreams and passions a reality.


Josh & Eileen dance West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT
Josh & Eileen enjoy the party during Thursday's regular West Coast Swing night in Norwalk, CT on May 5, 2011


SIS2011-Finalists
Congratulations to all those who made finals at Swingin Into Spring!


West Coast Swing in Norwalk CT on April 7, 2011
Week 1 of West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT
had over 40 people!!!
(on Thurs, April 7, 2011)
See the bigger picture!


Boston Tea Party 2011 - SwingShoes Group
We had 30 people with us for Boston Tea Party.
Crazy good times had by all!
See the pictures


West Coast Swing & Hustle Dance Group at MADjam 2011Our group had great time at MADjam 2011!
Plenty of West Coast Swing and Hustle for 3 days straight.


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Lisa & Jerry are model quality dancers at the Platinum Party on Fri, Feb 18


Hustle at Dance Dimensions, Norwalk, CT
We had a fun group at Hustle on Tues, Feb 15.


 

Robert Cordoba leads a West Coast Swing Warmup
Guest Instructor, Robert Cordoba, leads a West Coast Swing workshops on Sat, Jan 29, 2011.


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WCSwing dancers in our Adv class learn new choreography every month.
Start your journey next week or the first week of Feb.


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NYDE2011 - Group Picture

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We had a great time at New Year's Dancin Eve. The party and social time was one of the best in recent memory.
Here are some more pictures of New Year's Dancin Eve

Pictures 2012

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Celebrating at Dancing New Year's Eve CT in Stamford, CT
Dancing New Year's Eve CT in Stamford, CT
Dancing New Year's Eve CT was absolutely incredible. A mix of West Coast Swing, Hustle and Salsa in one ballroom kept everyone dancing through the New Year - Happy New Year 2013!!
See all the Dancing New Year's Eve CT Pictures

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Swingin New England Group Dinner
Our group dinner at Swingin New England was just part of the fun.
Andy and Renee in the West Coast Swing Jack & Jil at Swingin New England
Renee & Andy draw each other randomly in the Newcomer Jack & Jill at Swingin New England.
Halloween 2012 - Erik & Anna
We hope you enjoy your Halloween!
Dancing isn't that scary.
Try it next week.
Kat Wildish & John Festa at the Platinum Party
It's not every day that two legends of different dance worlds come together. But Kat Wildish, renown ballet teacher at the Ailey Extension program; and John Festa, WCS DJ Legend shared their first dance at the Platinum Party on Fri, Oct 19, 2012. It was a sweet birthday moment for Anna.
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Swing Niagara totally rocked, especially for Anna (1st Place Open Hustle, 1st Place All-Start Strictly WCS, 3rd Place Int Jack & Jill (which qualifies her to move into the Advanced division)).
Swing Niagara review/placements.
Pictures of Swing Niagara.

Showcase cast party
The opening night cast party!
We had a great 1st performance and it got better from there.
Showcase Cast - Performance night
The West Coast Swing and Hustle Showcase performers on the date of their performance.
See the backstage photos.
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22 of our dancers finish their last rehearsal before performing at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.
See their pictures.
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Anna Novoa & Kim Brolet at Swing Fling 2012
It was all hugs and blue lights at Swing Fling 2012.
Josh & Lura at NY Swing Congress 2012
Josh & Lura in their 1st place dance at NY Swing Congress / Big Apple on July 21, 2012.
Dance group in Central Park for the NY Philharmonic
Erik & Anna, other dancers and friends attended the NY Philharmonic's free concert in Central Park on July 13, 2012.
Erik & Anna Grand Canyon West Coast Swing
Erik & Anna demonstrate West Coast Swing on the rim of the Grand Canyon on June 30, 2012.
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Some of our pictures from the Grand Canyon and Zion.

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Liberty Swing 2012 - SwingShoes Group
Our SwingShoes Group came together for another fun event. Liberty Swing was a great combination of serious competitions, great social dancing and a fun group dinner.


Disco America 2012
Disco America 2012 - Jamesson & Cammy
Disco America was an exellent Hustle event, full of social dancing & competitions.

Erk's West Coast Swing Birthday Party
I had a great time at my own West Coast Swing birthday party on Thurs, June 7. Special shout out to Jane who also shared her birthday with me!


Shoreline Swing party on May 19, 2012Our West Coast Swing workshops at Shoreline Swing in Niantic, CT on Sat, May 19 resulted in a great party night!


Joesphine & Steve Neeren at the Platinum Party in New York, NYJosephine & Steve have a great dance at the Platinum Party in New York, NY on May 18, 2012.


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SwingShoes Group Picture at Swingin Into Spring on May 5, 2012
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Our Swingin Into Spring group was incredible. We had 44 people in our group and had numerous placements in almost all divisions. We had a special "Tic-Tac-Toe" in the Newcomer division (3 placements in a row: 2nd, 3rd, 4th place).
See our Group Results

Andrew Hayden & Kim Brolet at West Coast Swing in Norwalk on April 26, 2012
Andrew and Kim have a fun West Coast Swing dance on April 26, 2012 at Dance Dimensions in Norwalk, CT

Al & Cindy dance West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT on April 19, 2012
Cindy and Al have a great dance on West Coast Swing night in Norwalk, CT on April 19, 2012.
See more pictures.


 

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Boston Tea Party Group Photo
Boston Tea Party was a sea of Orange (our group color). We had over 35 people in our group. Shot-glass toasts, group dinner, and Cheer Team made this one of the memorable events. See the pictures!
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SwingShoes Group at MADjam 2012 on Sat, March 4, 2012
MADjam was a great event for West Coast Swing and Hustle. We had 12 people who made the trip to Reston, VA (but only 4 made it into the picture). Here is my review and our group placements.
MADjam 2012 - West Coast Swing Showcase 130
Pictures of MADjam's Showcase and Classic division can be seen here.


Our West Coast Swing Advanced Class did an impressive job with our February routine. A little bit of hard work and a good song can make your night an outstanding life-time experience.

Platinum West Coast Swing & Hustle Party in New York, NY on Feb 17, 2012
The Platinum Party brought out people from both the West Coast Swing and Hustle world on Feb 17, 2012. We also had a few people from the West Coast Swing workshops at The Ailey Extension earlier this month.


 

West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT on Feb 16, 2012We have over 40 people consistantly coming to West Coast Swing night in Norwalk, CT. It's a good time, every time! Here's Megan and Harold enjoy a fun West Coast Swing dance on Thurs, Feb 16.


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For the first time, West Coast Swing was taught at The Ailey Extension on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 in New York, NY. We were honored to be invited to teach at this amazing and historic dance facility. Teaching at the Ailey Extension was a direct result of our student Showcase in August 2011. (photo by Zach Held)


Wes & Mary Carrajat at Connecticut Dancing New Year's Eve 2012
Wes & Mary Carrajat had a great time as DJs for The Connecticut Dancing New Year's Eve on Sat, Dec 31, 2011 in Stamford, CT. We were sold out for dinner and had a room of Salsa and a room of Hustle/West Coast Swing. It was a great way to start 2012!!

Pictures 2013

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MADjam 2013 - Group Picture

MADjam 2013 was an enourmous and fun event. We were barely able to gather our SwingShoes West Coast Swing and Hustle group off the dance floor for our group photo.
Here are all the pictures from MADjam 2013.

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