WORKSHOP - West Coast Swing for Lindy Hoppers!
Are you a Lindy Hopper curious to explore another style of swing? Join us at the Side Street Swing studio on November 17th, where Westie Underground instructors Dominique Menard and Patrick Souter will give you a crash course in this smooth and modern form of swing dancing, specifically tailored to Lindy Hoppers! Afterward, everyone is invited to practice your skills and dance the night away at "Saturday Night with the Underground"!
Pricing: $40 Door / $35 Advanced / $30 Student
**Includes a discount to the Westie Underground dance.
2:00 - 3:15 - Class 1: Basics
3:15 - 3:30 - Break
3:30 - 4:45 - Class 2: Westie Style
Why West Coast Swing? West Coast Swing is a dance where you can have hundreds or thousands of dances with the same or different people and those dances will never be the same. The variety of songs used, people who dance the dance and even the space and atmosphere of where you are dancing makes sure that no two songs are alike.
Patrick started Swing dancing with Lindy Hop socially and casually in 2009, but it wasn’t until September 2014 that he found West Coast Swing. At a crossover dance Patrick experienced a connection with a dancer like no other, a euphoric moment if you will; it had opened a door to a new world of partner dancing, a conversation. He worked really hard to improve his dancing, joining all the teams and taking all the available lessons and was dancing up to six days a week. Patrick started competing in the summer of 2015 and quickly found a new thrill in the dance under the spotlight. He has had major successes over the years 2nd place at two different New Year’s events and is now consistently making finals in Intermediate. Patrick started helping out with classes and then teaching with the Westie Underground in May 2016. His passion for continuing to learn but never forgetting the basics leads helps him stay on track, and nothing keeps him more on track then teaching beginner classes. Many people learn by example and you need to have clean basics to teach good basics. Patrick loves to share the love of dance and encouraging dancers of all skill levels to enjoy the journey they’re on. Ask him to dance; he leads and follows!
Dominique is a teacher that meets her students where they are. She strongly believes that anyone can dance and seeks to instill to joy of dancing in all her students. Dominique is analytical and detail-oriented without losing sight of the bigger picture. Her approach to teaching is fun, relaxing, and informative.
Dominique discovered partner dancing in 2010 and started her journey in Lindy Hop where she was on a team that performed at the National Arts Centre. Since 2014, Dominique's passion has extended to West Coast Swing. She particularly enjoys the dynamic, the "conversational" aspect of the dance, and that it can be done to a wide variety of music. Dominique is an accomplished lead and follow. When she's not dancing West Coast Swing, you can find Dominique on the dance floor doing Hustle, Salsa, or Bachata.