Lead or Follow: You can do both!

West Coast Swing Addicts Dance Society supports the idea that dance roles (lead and follow) do not need to be tied to gender. Men can follow, women can lead. As well, its totally OK for the same gender to dance with each other: men to dance with men and women with women.

Anyone can dance with anyone – you can just ask them if they want to lead or follow.

Why would you want to switch roles?

Here are a couple of good reasons:

Getting to know the other role will make you a better dancer. “Oh, is that was that feels like!” Knowing how that move is lead – or how it feels when its lead to you – will give you greater empathy for the other role. Not to mention learning new footwork will expand your capabilities.

Often at dances, the numbers are never even. There are inevitably more follows or more leads. When the numbers of leads / follows are unbalanced, it means people sit out and don’t dance, sometimes for many, many songs. It also means the minority role can get overworked – feeling like they need to dance more because of the offset numbers.

By having more dancers with the ability to switch roles, it means more people get to dance!

Proud Sponsors of 2019’s Calgary Dance Stampede

West Coast Swing Addicts was proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2019 Calgary Dance Stampede! Along with West Coast Swing Calgary, our contribution made it so the west coast swing Jack and Jill competitors were free for competitors. Its was a big year for CDS, where they were looking to gain status as a sanctioned event for west coast swing competitions. They needed 60 competitors, and it looks like they made that number (or came very close).

Kyle Loranger represented WCSA at the presentation of the cash prizes for the Jack and Jills.



Special Guest Andrew Oprychal

What a spectacular night! Not only did we have Andrew Oprychal up from Calgary for the lesson, but we also gave away two tickets to the Calgary Dance Stampede to the winners of our fun Jack and Jill dance contest (worth $175 each!) We had 20 couples enter, narrowed it down to 10 finalist couples and then winners were selected! Congratulations to Barb and Yan! Big thanks to our panel of judges, Sherry Tovell, Andrew Oprychal and Monika Holub!

So C-C-Cold outside! But its hot on the dance floor!

Its the beginning of February and we’re in the middle of worst cold snap Edmonton has seen in a long time. But the WCS dancers showed up Friday night and made it warm and toasty inside! Corina and Kyle did a lesson on all things sugar-push. Round the clock on 3, or figure 4 on 3 for leads. Round the clock on 3, sweep on 3, and shaping to the side on 3 for follows. Let us know if you’d like to see more lessons like this, where we take a basic concept and add on some fun variations.

Thanks to our MeetUp team of Jaqueline and Megan for getting the word out, and getting a great turn out of new people!

See you at the next dance February 22!

Great costumes, prizes at halloween dance

Friday, Oct 26 2018 Halloween Dance

What a fantastic turnout to our Halloween Dance! So many costumes! Thanks to Joiner Design and West Coast Swing University for sponsoring tonight’s dance, which meant everyone got in for FREE! Thanks to Sherry and Rod for the fun lesson and also thanks to our setup and clean up volunteers, and to the all the first-timers from the Meet Up Group. Hope to see you again!  

WCS Dates 2018

WCSA 2018 Dance Dates

All dances at Bonnie Doon Community Hall. $10 at the door.
  • Friday, May 4 – Instructor: Dan Bloxham
  • Friday, June 22 – Instructor: Melissa Larsen
  • Friday, July 27 – Sandra Adams and Blake Christopherson
  • Friday, August 24 – Corina Walker (last minute switch for Dan Bloxham)
  • Friday September 28 – Instructor: Melissa Larsen
  • Friday October 12 – No lesson, open dancing starts at 8pm!
  • Friday October 26 – Instructor: Sherry Tovell – Sponsored Night/   Everyone gets in Free! Dress up for Halloween! Thanks to West Coast Swing University and Joiner Design!
  • Friday, November 9 – No lesson
  • Friday, November 23 – Instructors: Corina Walker & Kyle Loranger
  • Friday, December 7 – Instructors: Corina Walker & Kyle Loranger
  • Friday, December 21 – Ugly Sweater Christmas Dance! Bring your favourite Christmas baking.

West Coast Swing 2017 Dates

  • Friday, January 13 – Instructor: Dan Bloxham
  • Friday, January 27 *** This dance taking place at King Edward Park Hall – 7708 85 St *** – Instructors: Rob and Sherry Tovell
  • Friday, February 10 – Bonnie Doon Hall as usual. Also! Special Guest Instructors from Calgary – Keith and Chrissi Armbruster!
  • Friday, February 24 – Instructor: Tracy Boldt
  • Friday, March 10 – Instructor: Monica Holub
  • Friday, March 24 – Instructor: Dan Bloxham
  • Friday, April 21 – Instructor: Melissa Larsen
  • Friday, May 19 – Instructor: Sandra Adams and Blake Christopherson
  • Friday, June 16 – Instructor: Dan Bloxham
  • Friday, August 25 – Instructors: Sandra Adams and Blake Christopherson
  • Friday, October 13 – Instructor: Monika Holub
  • Friday, October 27 – Instructor: Tracy Boldt
  • Friday November 10 – Instructor: Melissa Larsen
  • Friday November 24 -Instructor: Dan Bloxham
  • Dates for 2018 coming soon!