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West Coast Swing
We usually offer a West Coast Swing class on our
2 room Friday freestyle nights.
The class runs from 20.00 - 21.00 (including 15 minute warm up session) in the Club Lounge, and is aimed at beginners/improvers (no partner is required). After the class there will be plenty of opportunity for freestyle practise in West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, and Blues.
The class is normally taught by Catriona Wiles, a very well known
and highly experienced professional dance teacher.
Catriona has studied dance all her life. She began with Ballet aged 3 and moved on to train extensively in a range of partner dances including Country, Salsa, Ballroom, Latin, Modern Jive and Argentine Tango. She discovered West Coast Swing whilst living in the USA from 1999-2004 and learnt purely through social dancing and observing the world’s best WCS dancers in action competitively and in late-night swing rooms. She went on to win the Swing Fling Cabaret Division (2002) with 4-time US Open Swing Champion, Robert Royston and wife, Nicola, dancing a swing number called “Trois” from the acclaimed off-Broadway show, “Swango – The Fusion” (Swing & Tango).
Over the last decade, Catriona has taken the UK social dance scene by storm and is now successfully running multiple weekly classes, courses, monthly workshops, freestyles, ICE socials, private lessons and special events in and around London and the UK under the umbrella of West Coast Swing UK, and appearing at dance events globally. She loves the musicality, freedom and intricate footwork which comprise West Coast Swing. Her workshops thoroughly cover all the basics needed to get people onto the social floor, along with dynamic patterns and emphasis on creative style and flair!