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Looking for a new hobby? 

Ready to make new friends (or find new ways to bond with old ones)? 

Need a fun date night idea? 

Want a fun way to add cardio to your exercise routine? 

Secretly always wanted to dance like the stars?

 

Then come join us for Wild Wild Westie’s Project Swing: FREE Introduction to West Coast Swing (WCS) Workshop for first timers! During this 2.5-hour workshop, you’ll:

  • Learn the foundations of West Coast Swing so you can go on to dance with anyone

  • Discover basic moves and patterns to start dancing immediately

  • Get a taste of our classes and community so you feel confident jumping into local beginner classes and continue learning

  • Have a blast meeting new people just starting to learn too


Please take a moment and RSVP for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/W3PROJECTSWING23

WHAT IS WILD WILD WESTIE?

Wild Wild Westie is a WCS dance convention that started in 2012 offering leveled workshops, leveled competitions, routines and more. The event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Dallas from July 6-9, 2023.

 

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WHAT IS PROJECT SWING?

Project Swing is a FREE workshop offered by Wild Wild Westie for those who have never taken a WCS lesson before! By the end of our class, you will be able to dance your way through an entire song, and have the foundation to jump into your local beginner classes to continue learning and become a part of our community!

Meet your instructors - Joel and Amanda Gorman

 

Your Participation Includes:

  • 2.5 hours of instruction from highly accomplished teachers tailored to first timers

  • A tour of the event and dance space so you feel comfortable joining in the fun

  • A First Timers Social Pass to stick around and watch the Saturday evening shows to watch top notch dancers perform (free to WCS first timers only)

  • Access to our late night social dance party after the shows to practice your new dance moves, continue to bond with classmates, and meet new friends (free to WCS first timers only)

  • Entry to our late night happy hour to purchase snacks, food or drinks

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NO PARTNER IS REQUIRED as we will have participants rotate in class, so you can come alone, or bring your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Let us teach y’all what West Coast Swing is all about!


Important note: If you are a beginner or more experienced dancer wanting to attend for your own learning or to support family and friends, you are more than welcome! However, the free Saturday evening First Timers Social Pass is for WCS first timers only. If you are not a first timer (meaning you have previously taken one or more WCS classes), you will need to purchase a weekend, spectator or daily social dance pass to stay for the Saturday night shows and social dancing. Your contribution helps to keep the event running and allows for us to continue to provide free opportunities like this to first timers so that we continue to grow our community.

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change):

5:45-6:00 PM: Check In

6:00-8:30 PM: Introduction to WCS Workshop

8:30-Until: Tour of event space and shows begin

 

Please take a moment and RSVP for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/W3PROJECTSWING23


 

WHAT IS WEST COAST SWING?

 

WCS is a modern lead/follow swing dance that is defined by its slotted and linear movement, and elastic connection with your partner. It is typically danced to contemporary and classic Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Funk, and Blues. 

 

While it’s a dance that you do with a partner, you don't need to bring your own partner as dancers typically rotate and switch partners during class and social dancing. 

 

The dance is degendered, which means that we have no traditional role requirements. Your decision to lead or follow is not dictated by your gender, but by your desire. You are free to learn to dance as a leader or follower (and many learn to switch roles). 

 

We are committed to creating a diverse environment where all people are treated equitably. We welcome dancers of all gender, age, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ethnicities, race, and national origin.


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I register for the event?

Please take a moment and RSVP for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/W3PROJECTSWING23

 

Do I need a partner?

Absolutely not. There will be a mix of singles and couples, and we have students rotate partners in class.

 

Do I have to rotate/switch partners?

WCS is a social dance, meaning everyone dances with everyone for one song at a time, so you switch partners constantly during the class and on the social dance floor. However, if you have specific concerns, you can stay together if necessary. Please let your instructor know.

 

I’ve taken WCS classes before, can I still attend?

Absolutely. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to take the class, or a more experienced dancer wanting to support your friends and family, you are welcome to come. Important note: The free Saturday evening First Timers Social Pass is for WCS first timers only. If you are not a first timer (meaning you have previously taken one or more WCS classes), you will need to purchase a weekend, spectator or daily social dance pass to stay for the Saturday night shows and social dancing. Your contribution helps to keep the event running and allows for us to continue to provide free opportunities like this to first timers so that we continue to grow our community.

 

I’ve taken other dance classes before (i.e., Salsa, 2-Step, etc.), but have not taken WCS. Am I considered a WCS first timer eligible for the First Timers Social Pass?

Absolutely! We consider you a WCS first timer!

 

What if I have two left feet?

Then this is perfect for you! Everyone has to start somewhere! You will be among many new dancers who feel the same way you do.

 

What should I wear?

Dress casual, no need to be formal. Many dancers wear warmups, joggers, or yoga pants - including ladies - we tend to wear pants, not skirts. And you’ll want to wear a top you can raise your arms in comfortably. It's a good idea to bring a second shirt to change into just in case you get too sweaty. Bring shoes that are not too bulky or grippy. Smooth, leather or suede bottoms work great. And flats are better than heels. Think Toms, Bobs, dance tennis shoes or boots, swing sandals, etc.

 

Where is the event located?

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Dallas located at:

300 Reunion Blvd 

Dallas, Texas 75207

 

The event will take place on the first floor of the hotel. When you enter the building look for the Wild Wild Westie signs to the right of the main entrance (or ask an employee to point you in the right direction). 

 

Let the door monitor know you are here for Project Swing, and we’ll get you taken care of.

 

Where do I park?

Valet Parking is available at the hotel entrance. Pricing starts at $26. Self-parking in the outdoor Radish Lot is conveniently located on the north end of the hotel at the intersection of Hotel Street and Reunion Boulevard West. Pricing starts at $10.

 

Wild Wild Westie has $10 per day self-parking tickets to provide to event attendees. Be sure to grab one prior to leaving the event.

 

Additional information can be found on the hotel website here: https://bit.ly/4480tVc


 

LEARN TO DANCE. MEET AWESOME PEOPLE. STAY FOR THE SHOW!

 

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and RSVP for the event here: https://tinyurl.com/W3PROJECTSWING23

 

And then mark “Going” on the Facebook event invite for up-to-date information: https://bit.ly/42L70Eb

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