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West Coast Swing 101 is the perfect starting point for anyone ready to embark on the journey, pursuit, and mastery of West Coast Swing & includes the best dance lessons on everything you need to make your first experience with West Coast Swing a success. West Coast Swing 101 is designed for beginners, so get ready to move. To make this one even easier for you, this video can be done with or without a partner and it's truly set at a pace for people who've never danced before.

  • Fast & Easy West Coast Swing Dance Lessons
  • Perfect for Beginners
  • Multiple Camera Angles
  • Elegant Style Tips
  • Great Practice Music
  • Tips for Staying on the Beat
  • Dance along w/ or w/o your partner



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Throw your shoulders back, smile, & get ready to take on the dance floor as Shawn & Joanna Trautman lead you to mastery in West Coast Swing 101. West Coast Swing, the most challenging, complex, & musically sensitive of the Swing dances (and probably of all the partnered social dances) comes to life on West Coast Swing 101. Pulling from decades of experience, Shawn and Joanna combine technical training, practical advice, a healthy sense of humor, and a little dance floor magic to have you moving to the beat, mastering the beginner moves, and feeling the connection with your partner as you learn to enjoy dancing the West Coast Swing. How does it work? Read on...

West Coast Swing 101 is the video all social dancers should go through at least once - specifically to ensure you're up to date on the dance and not overlooking the finer details most people take for granted. If you care how you look on the dance floor, this video's for you! This 101 DVD is fun, easy-to-understand, step-by-step, and full of both Blues and Dance music throughout! It's designed for beginners, starts with the basics, & is absolutely the best way to learn how to dance the West Coast Swing!

West Coast Swing 101 starts with you seeing & experiencing 'West Coast' to get a good feel for how it's danced. From there, West Coast Swing is broken down into simple, yet manageable lessons that make the instruction easy to follow along with. You'll soon be dancing West Coast style by working through several rhythm & timing drills both for the men & the ladies in place to ensure you understand and feel it the way you should. Next, you'll get 'hands-on' as you work your way through the specific West Coast Swing connection points (these are different for West Coast Swing) & style tips that help make you look the part! It's easy to overlook a lot of the detail, so pay attention to the "little things" as you go (i.e., posture, compression, timing, hand connections, anchor steps, size of your steps, where to look, etc.). When you're ready, you'll learn & test your skills with several fun moves like left side passes, inside & outside turns you can use with anyone & take to the floor immediately. Plus, you'll have a full soundtrack of great West Coast Swing music playing through the entire lesson that doubles as a practice tool each time you use the DVD afterwards - just turn it on and practice until you're ready to go out.

After completing West Coast Swing 101, you'll be completely set up & ready to move into the Moves & Patterns series where you'll find several DVDs that break down everything you need to have great success with your dancing. Check the Special Offers below for a listing of the other West Coast Swing videos available.


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Average Rating
4.8(based on 8 reviews)

By: J. Apgar (Florida)
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
On: March 23, 2013
An excellent DVD if you are starting out
I have been dancing West Coast Swing for a few years, but I still like to go back and review the basics before I go out dancing, or learn new moves. As a teacher I know the importance of having a good foundation, and this DVD provides that foundation. I feel more confident after reviewing the basics with Shawn and Joanna's DVD.

As with all of their DVD's (I own several), they clearly are having fun teaching, and their humor makes it more enjoyable to learn with them. This is an excellent DVD if you are starting out, or reviewing the basics. You can clearly see where your hand placement should be, and what your feet should be doing, and they review everything they taught.

By: D. Browne-Hunter (Austin Texas)
DVD: West Coast swing 101
On: April 2, 2013
Easy to learn from
The video is easy to learn from, breaks the dance steps down for easy viewing before going on to more complicated steps.

By: Don S
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
On: August 31, 2012
First Rate
"I recently made a decision to learn West Coast Swing. I have taken a few basic lessons but was still having some problems with the basic steps and moves. This video solved that problem. Shawn and Joanna's presentation of the basics is very understandable and easy to follow. They very effectively demonstrate the steps and moves they are teaching and how it should look when you are on the dance floor. The video can be used as the sole source of instruction or as a way to review and reinforce what is covered in any lessons you may be taking. I recommend this video to anyone who either has made the decision to go for it and learn West Coast Swing or to anyone who may be thinking of giving it a try but wants to learn more about the dance before making the leap. This video will provide a great start."

By: Yorkie Mama
DVD: West Coast Swing 101

On: July 19, 2012
Super Duper!
"My husband and I picked up this video hoping to better learn West Coast Swing. Despite my husband's background in swing and receiving professional instruction, we never were able to get our our proper timing together. We would dance together and have fun but not without frustration! The methods and techniques shown in this video have brought the correct rhythm and steps into view for the both of us! The instruction starts at a very basic level so one can understand the fundamentals and true roots of West Coast and allows you to move on, step by step, at the pace you are comfortable with. It's very similar to math...if you don't understand the very first beginning steps, you will soon become very overwhelmed and LOST! Not here! Both Shawn and Joanna show the woman's and man's steps while you are moving though the steps with them creating lots of confidence for the both us. I definitely would recommend this video to anyone who is interested in learning how to West Coast or even brush up on the very basics of steps! Thanks guys..very well done and looking forward to seeing you both in the next video!"

By: Ms. Happy
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
On: April 28, 2012
"Great Way to Learn West Coast Swing!"
"The Shawn Trautman West Coast Swing 101 dance video really helped me to learn this dance from the very beginning. I've been trying to learn this dance for a long time. These instructors have a great method of teaching the steps by introducing the counting in a clear and easy way so that there is a good understanding of how the rhythm sequences are used later in the dance. I especially liked the transition from the basic walking steps to the step counting in more complex combinations. Before I even realized it, I was actually dancing these steps confidently through each section of the video. This is a great lesson and the best part is that it can be taken again and again just by playing the video for review and practice!"

By: Denise H
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
This is the West Coast Swing Dance video you're looking for
"Very complete instructions. Easy to follow and understand. Also very happy with the fact that it is an ALL Region DVD, so I'm able to play it on DVD here in New Zealand."

By: -Sam J
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
Exceptional
"This video is exceptional in that it provides both a great beginner lesson for West Coast Swing as well as a lot of detail that either my instructor never shared or didn't know. We wish we had started with this video before our lessons as it would have made for a much smoother entrance for us. The only trick to this is that you have to pay attention to the details the instructors go through as there are quite a few. The information is there and well presented, you just don't have an instructor watching your every move and helping you real time. Given the choice, we'd definitely go this route again."

By: Don G
DVD: West Coast Swing 101
I find the DVDs in particular have these three plusses:
"1) They are clear, showing and talking about the moves from different angles. There's opportunity for people with different learning styles to pick them up. 2) The progression of moves is sensible. Many group lessons and U tube videos are mostly independent of the previous week's lesson. These DVDs follow a logical progression, so the viewer feels a gradual but continual improvement. 3) Most of the curriculum is about groups of related moves: different whip variations, different exits, etc. This makes it easier for the beginner to feel that he or she is going on the floor with a decent number of alternatives."
Shawn's Take
What a great DVD! I just finished the final review on this one and let me tell you what... if you're new to West Coast Swing, you cannot
Learn West Coast Swing dancing todayWest Coast Swing 101 is the BEST DVD for beginners, bar none!learn west coast swing videos
afford to pass this one up!

The funny thing about this video is that it's going to be better than taking group dance lessons or in most cases, private dance lessons and there are many reasons. First, you'd be hard pressed to find an instructor who has an actual "beginner" curriculum. Second, it'd hard to find one that introduces you to all the little details of this dance that make it 'tick'! Third, it's hard finding good West Coast Swing music for beginners!

Why's this important? Well, listen to anyone who's ever tried West Coast Swing lessons as a beginner and you'll soon hear all about it. This is not a dance you want to just 'wing it' on, nor is it one to start with moves when you don't know the 15 or so 'WCS elements' that are keys to success.

West Coast Swing 101 is a solid lesson built for beginners with plenty of content to play with. No kidding, if you're a beginner and you want to know how to West Coast with style, this DVD was made for you! Shawn Trautman West Coast Swing Instruction Dance Lessons Videos


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