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!
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.
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?