Spins & Turns for West Coast Swing
Saturday, April 13, 2024, 01:00pm - Saturday, April 13, 2024, 04:30pm

Spins and Turns for West Coast Swing

Spins & Turns for West Coast Swing

 Workshop, Practice, and Class Night Out
Saturday, April 13, 2023
Norwalk, CT

Spins and turns are an essential part of West Coast Swing, and mastering them can add a whole new dimension to your dancing. Having trouble with your spins? These "Spins & Turns" workshops will improve your ability to spin and turn in one day. The first segment will warm you up and give you drills to practice; the second part will break down all the fundamentals of both the one-footed spin (pirouette) and the two-footed spin (chaîné); and the third lesson will give full application of your new technique in context of partner dancing. Whether you're a beginner leader or follower looking to build a strong foundation or an experienced dancer seeking to take your skills to the next level, a spins and turns workshop is a great way to improve your West Coast Swing dancing.

Health Policy

We strive to balance providing a safe environment while returning to a normal social setting. The following policy is subject to change at any time in the event of new guidance issued by the CDC, state, or local governments. By attending any of our classes/privates/events, you agree to this health policy. Effective January 1, 2024:

  • Common Sense Health: 1) If you are not feeling well, please do not come to dance class. 2) If you've been in a high-density environment (plane, wedding, conference), it would be appreciated if you took a home-COVID test before your class. 

  • Health Cooperation: Students will cooperate with any health requests from Erik Novoa, guest instructor, or staff (e.g., using hand sanitizer, using a mask, stepping outside to address a health issue, etc.).

  • Registration: You must pre-register for these classes (see below). We will not be touching credit cards or cash for these classes. 



12:45pm: Doors Open / Arrival

1:00-4:00pm: Spins and Turns Workshops

This workshop intensive will be segmented into three parts (with short breaks in between each part):

Spins & Turns Warmup and Drills: This segment will warm up the parts of your body that are essential for turning. Activating the neck, arms, back, abductors, calves, and feet will be important for the success of spins and turns. 

Spins & Turns Fundamentals: This workshop will address methods & techniques for making your spins & turns easier, more comfortable and better looking. We'll start with simple methods to get you "on your leg" then we'll show you how to use your arms for centering. We'll explain and get you doing one-footed turns and two-footed turns. You'll be a better dancer after this class. 

Spins & Turns for West Coast Swing: This class builds on the concepts that were introduced in the prior class. Both leaders and followers will have turns and spins within simple patterns to give them working usage of material from the first class. Spinning Side Passes and Free Spins will make your dancing more eye-catching.

4:00 - 4:30pm - West Coast Swing Practice Time

Have some fun dancing and try some of the new techniques that you learned. 

5:00pm - Class Night Out

All attendees are invited to join us for dinner at a local restaurant (and maybe going to a local dance). This is a separate cost.


$40: by Sunday, March 17
$50: by Sunday, April 7
$60: Monday, April 8 to Saturday, April 13


Your Instructor:

Erik Novoa - 3 Time US Open West Coast Swing Finalist

Find out more about Erik Novoa


Dance Dimensions
15 Cross Street
Norwalk, CT

Dance Dimensions at 15 Cross Street, Norwalk, CT


Important Location information:

Dance Dimensions is located on Route-1 (Cross Street) in the same shopping area as these other establishments: Brain Balance, Dogs Gone Smart, and Goodwill.

Parking Area

There is plenty of parking adjacent to Dance Dimensions. The parking area is well lit and marked. Please park closer to the entrance because that will place you closer to the studio entrance.