Learn West Coast Swing Dancing!

Want to learn to communicate with your body?

West Coast Swing is a style of partner dance that Heather has been learning over the past two years. Partner dances need two people, so they're a super way to connect with folks through touch and sight. There's a great community of swing dancers in Vancouver!

In this experience, you and Heather will watch some videos of people dancing West Coast Swing. You'll talk about how partner dance works, and what makes West Coast Swing different from other dances. You'll listen to different songs and express the music through your bodies.

Feeling nervous about learning to dance? Not to worry! Heather is a friendly, chill person. She'll show you the beginning steps for swing dance, and the way the music works. If you feel comfortable with touch, you and Heather can explore the ways that dancers use touch to communicate!

To explore this experience together, we can...: Hear and feel different types of music, move around, see yourself in the mirror.
-: Practice basic swing dance steps, and try dancing together if you want!
-: Learn what type of music makes you want to move the most, and talk about the ways you're communicating with your body.
-: Explore the "studio" where Heather lives and plays - a nice room with mirrors. You'll be able to explore the co-housing space where Heather lives, and meet new people if you'd like.
How many Kudoers could come at once?: 2 people at one time
This experience is:
Wheel chair accessible
Can be done with hearing impaired
Can be done with blind or visually impaired
This happens: at the Host's home
Getting here: What you need to know.
You get to this experience by bus - the 033 or the 020. It takes most people about 5 minutes to get from the bus stop to Heather's home. There are sidewalks with ramped curbs all the way between the station and the experience location. Depending on which way you come from, there may be a busy intersection to cross. There are traffic lights with walk signals at the corner of Victoria and 33rd Ave.

Heather's home is on the north side of 33rd Ave. This avenue is a busy traffic corridor, so if you are taking the eastbound 033 bus, you might want to get off at Victoria and 33rd Ave., since you can easily cross the avenue there. There aren't any crosswalks at the eastbound 033 bus stop nearest to Heather's home.

Nearest skytrain station: Vancouver - Commercial–Broadway
Skytrain meetup: Maybe: check with me
Should I bring money: No
What else should I bring: Wear comfy clothes and bring slippers if you feel uncomfortable wearing only socks!
When you book it, the Host will need to know: Why did you decide to book this experience?
Afterwards, you could go to: a variety of events in Vancouver where you can go to local Swing events. Check out the calendar here: http://www.vanswingthing.com/localdances.htm
Afterwards, you could attend: Urban Beat in downtown Vancouver offers lessons (http://www.urbanbeatdanceco.com)
Afterwards, you could watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUG7669CMW0
Reflection Questions
How did you feel when you were moving to the music?

Did you feel differently for different songs?

Did you feel embarrassed? Did that go away after a while?

How did it feel to connect with a partner? Did you prefer to dance on your own or with a partner connection?

Tags: dance, music, west coast swing, movement
Listing created 12 Mar 2017