On Thursday, April 4, 2019, we had a great first week of West Coast Swing in Norwalk, CT. The first class had 26 people, a mix of regulars and new students. During the first class we explored the rhythm of the dance and implemented it to sugar pushes, right passes, and left passes. After learning those three basic patterns, I explained the three different methods of learning dance, rhythmically, specially, and temporally. Since we had already explored the rhythmic method and the spacial method had inherent problems, we explored the temporal method.
Soon, the class was counting 1, 2, 3&4, 5&6 in unison for the three basic patterns. Afterwards, we added an 8-count whip. This gave all dancers enough patterns to start utilizing the dance on their first day. While it might not be perfect yet, it was a good starting point to get the necessary social experience and joy of dancing.
We also had a special visitor. Susan Wittmann joined us in class during her visit to Connecticut from North Carolina. It was fun to see her in class again and even get to share a dance with her. Hopefully, she'll come to visit again soon.
I'm looking forward to West Coast Swing this Thursday.