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West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation.

Typically the follower walks into new patterns traveling forward on counts "1" and "2" of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back. Traditional figures include 6-count and 8-count patterns of one of the four basic varieties: (1) Starter Step, (2) Side Pass, (3) Push Break / Sugar Push, (4) Whip.

Alternatively the basic patterns in West Coast Swing are defined as: Sugar Push; Left Side Pass; Right Side Pass; Tuck Turn; and Whip. Virtually all other moves in West Coast Swing are variations of these basic patterns.

The Anchor Step is a common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures.

The origins of the West Coast Swing are in the Lindy Hop. In a 1947 book, Arthur Murray wrote, "There are hundreds of regional dances of the Jitterbug type. Each section of the country seems to have a variation of its own."

Dean Collins, who arrived in the Los Angeles area around 1937, was influential in developing the style of swing dance on the West Coast of the United States as both a performer and teacher. When his wife, Mary Collins, was asked if Dean was responsible for the emergence of the dance, however, she said that Dean insisted there were "only two kinds of swing dance—good and bad". According to one of his former students, a member of his last dance troupe, Collins himself said that he had nothing to do with the West Coast Swing style.

Laure Haile, an Arthur Murray National Dance Director documented swing dancing in Los Angeles and used the name "Western Swing".

Western swing, country boogie, and, with a smaller audience, jump blues were popular on the West Coast throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s when they were renamed and marketed as rock and roll in 1954. Dancers danced "a 'swingier' more smooth and subdued" form of jitterbug to Western swing music.

West Coast Swing (still known as Western Swing at that time) is the basis for the dancing in the rehearsal scene in Hot Rod Gang (1958). Music is supplied by rockabilly musician Gene Vincent's "Dance to the Bop".

Murray taught Western Swing beginning from a closed position and the possibility of dancing single, double, or triple rhythm. After "Throwout" patterns began with the woman "walking in" and the man doing a "rock step", or step together for counts one and two. Although the dance remained basically the same, the Golden State Dance Teachers Association (GSDTA) began teaching from the walk steps, counts 1 and 2. It replaced Laure Haile's Coaster Step with an "Anchor Step" around 1961.

"West Coast swing" as a synonym for "Western swing" appears in a 1961 dance book, and was used in an advertisement by Skippy Blair in 1962 but wasn't incorporated into mainstream swing circles until the late 1960s.

Blair credits Jim Bannister, editor of the Herald American newspaper in Downey, California, for suggesting the name West Coast Swing.

In her 1994 book Dance Terminology Notebook, Blair wrote she would "tell anyone who would listen, that Western really meant West Coast. One of the students made an asture observation and asked, 'Then why don't you say that?'"

When the Golden West Ballroom, in Norwalk, California, changed from Country to Ballroom dancing, the dance most advertised on the Marquee was West Coast Swing.

"Beginning with the 1967 opening of the Golden West Ballroom in Norwalk, California, and through 1980, West Coast Swing was on the marquee as the dance taught every Wednesday and Friday night."

New Era in the Presentation of Country Music Showplace to Feature Top Singing Stars. Author: Ron Heinzel. Los Angeles Times. Date: December 1, 1963 Start Page: OCA2 Pages: 2 Section: Orange County "On the night of December 5 the doors will swing open at the Golden West Auditorium to mark the realization of a dream and an era in the presentation of music Americana.

Golden West Auditorium, a new country music show place located at 12400 Studebaker Road at Imperial Highway, Norwalk, Calif., celebrated its formal opening with a press party embracing cocktails, lunch and a fashion show December 2. The new country music auditorium is the realization of an idea nurtured some five years ago by businessman Olen S. Thidedeau, who vowed to give Southern California a country music show place second to none. Billboard December 14, 1963 page 20

Western Swing was documented in the 1971 edition of the "Encyclopedia of Social Dance". Patterns began with the woman stepping forward twice, but described the "Coaster Step" with a forward step as the last step of the 2nd triple. The one song that was listed for this dance was "Comin' On" by Bill Black's Combo (1964 Hi #2072). As late as 1978, the term "Western Swing" was common usage among Chain and Independent Studios to describe "slotted swing".

Circa 1978 "California Swing" was yet another name for West Coast Swing, albeit with styling that was "considered more UP, with a more Contemporary flavor." By 1978 GSDTA had "some 200 or more patterns and variations" for West Coast Swing."

In 1988, West Coast Swing was pronounced the Official State Dance of California.

Source: Wikipedia

Special Event w/Lynne

This is a private special event hosted and run by Lynne Gambone!

Poolside Westie... All About West Coast Swing

Socially distanced in Lynne's backyard

She is very excited to hear your Westie thoughts, progress, questions, discoveries and insights, and is thrilled to creat a chance to sociialize in person in a safe and fun envirnment.

There is a 10 dancer in person limit. You must arrive and depart wearing a mask, and must agree to Lynne's rules for safety while present. NO ACTUAL PARTNER DANCING.

Price: $25 pp for IN PERSON $10 PP for ONLINE PRICE

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$26.00

Special Event w/Lynne

  • Tue, Aug 04, 2020 - 630pm to 800pm

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John Lindo WCS

Finishing up our Star Studded October is the ever fabulous John Lindo! His expertise and signature style in West Coast Swing is not to be missed. Thank you Lynne for hosting these amazing classes. John will be taking you on a wonderful journey through this super fun dance.

Here is what to look forward to this month

10/5- Robert Royston

10/12- Tybaldt Ulrich

10/19- Robert Royston

10/26- John Lindo

Take a class with your favorite pro for $25 or sign up for the month for only $75, an incredible savings.

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$77.50

John Lindo WCS

  • Mon, Oct 26, 2020 - 830pm

Tybaldt Ulrich WCS

Wow! Another week, another amazing West Coast Swing superstar. Tybladt Ulrich contiues the fun on week 2 of our Star Studded October. Big thank you to Lynne for hosting these amazing classes. Tybaldt will be taking you on a wonderful journey through this super fun dance.

Here is what to look forward to this month

10/5- Robert Royston

10/12- Tybaldt Ulrich

10/19- Robert Royston

10/26- John Lindo

Take a class with your favorite pro for $25 or sign up for the month for only $75, an incredible savings.

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$77.50

Tybaldt Ulrich WCS

  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020 - 830pm

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Robert Royston WCS

The Legendary Robert Royston is back! Continuing our star studded October, we welcome the return of Robert bringing you the best in West Coast Swing instruction. Big shoutout to Lynne for hosting these amazing superstars. Robert will be giving an invigorating class, taking you on a wonderful and fun journey through this super fun dance.

Here is what to look forward to this month

10/5- Robert Royston

10/12- Tybaldt Ulrich

10/19- Robert Royston

10/26- John Lindo

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$77.50

Robert Royston WCS

  • Mon, Oct 19, 2020 - 830pm

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Robert Royston WCS

We kick off our star studded October with the Legendary Robert Royston! That's right, Lynne has brought you the best of the best in West Coast Swing. Robert will be giving an invigorating class, taking you on a wonderful and fun journey through this super fun dance.

Here is what to look forward to this month

10/5- Robert Royston

10/12- Tybaldt Ulrich

10/19- Robert Royston

10/26- John Lindo

Take a class with your favorite pro for $25 or sign up for the month for only $75, an incredible savings.

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$77.50

Robert Royston WCS

  • Mon, Oct 05, 2020 - 830pm

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West Coast Swing

Please note this is a 4 week series!!

Join us for our online Zoom class on West Coast Swing! We will focusing on patterns and technique that you are able to do in your own home. We will be working on body movement, hip action, footwork, leg action, and patterns that you can dance when there is limited space.

Classes will be limited to 8 participants. This allows for more engaged and open dialogue about what we are working on, gives students the opportunity to ask questions, and allows me to give direct feedback to each student during class.

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$65.00

West Coast Swing

  • Thu, Oct 08, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Oct 22, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Oct 29, 2020 - 830pm

West Coast Swing

Please note this is a 4 week series!!

Join us for our online Zoom class on West Coast Swing! We will focusing on patterns and technique that you are able to do in your own home. We will be working on body movement, hip action, footwork, leg action, and patterns that you can dance when there is limited space.

Classes will be limited to 8 participants. This allows for more engaged and open dialogue about what we are working on, gives students the opportunity to ask questions, and allows me to give direct feedback to each student during class.

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$65.00

West Coast Swing

  • Thu, Sep 10, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Sep 17, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020 - 830pm
  • Thu, Oct 01, 2020 - 830pm

This group class already completed. View upcoming events on the Calendar.

Video Insights

Lynne Gambone is back bringing her exclusive Video Insights class! Join her for this 2 week series of online classes!

Note these classes are 90 minutes each!

During this class Lynne will using a video that she will share with and slowing it down to give you an opportunity to see what the pros are really dacning.

She will be using the online platform Zoom to teach this class.

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$41.50

Video Insights

  • Thu, Sep 17, 2020 - 630pm
  • Thu, Sep 24, 2020 - 630pm

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WCS w/Lynne

Lynne Gambone is back bringing WCS to you! Not even quarantine could keep us apart *smiles* Join her for this 3 week series of online classes!

This class is titled "How the Pro's Accent Music. You can too!" The mis match between music and West Coast Swing and how to fix it.

She will be using the online platform Zoom to teach this class.

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$41.50

WCS w/Lynne

  • Tue, Sep 15, 2020 - 700pm
  • Tue, Sep 22, 2020 - 700pm
  • Tue, Sep 29, 2020 - 700pm

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WCS Musicality

Lynne Gambone is back bringing WCS to you! Not even quarantine could keep us apart *smiles* Join us for this 3 week series of online classes! A big bonus with this 3 week series is Kristen Shaw will be teaching week 3 of class!

Included in the cost is 2 weeks with Lynne and 1 week our guest instrcutor Kristen Shaw.

Focusing on musicality and counting in "8's" Lynne will be working on all things music.

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$41.50

WCS Musicality

  • Mon, Sep 14, 2020 - 830pm
  • Mon, Sep 21, 2020 - 830pm
  • Mon, Sep 28, 2020 - 830pm

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