What is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing is versatile partner dance, danced to a wide range of popular music from blues to pop, slow swing and R&B. A cousin of traditional swing dances like the Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing is constantly evolving. Today, it combines swing connection and rhythms with independent movement inspired by influences from nearly every other dance style, as well as contemporary music.

It is a smooth, cool, laid-back dance that can be funky, groovy or lyrical, depending on the music and your personal style. It’s extremely popular in the U.S.A. and is the official state dance of California.

Here is a recent video of two of West Coast Swing’s top professionals dancing it socially – that means this is not a choreographed routine. They didn’t even know they’d get each other for this dance, and they didn’t know what music they’d be dancing to!