West Coast Square Dancing is a program created to be delivered in ten two hour sessions. Less lessons, more fun is the mantra. People just want to dance!
Once you have completed the brief West Coast curriculum, we think it's time to cut loose and put into practice what you've learned. That's why we hold regular dances at the West Coast level. There's nothing worse than learning how to do something only to find there's no place where you can use it!
In square dancing, there are progressively higher levels of dance to aspire to if one so desires. This is a personal choice. West Coast Square Dancing can be treated either as a stepping stone along the way or as the ultimate destination. We'll provide the options; you choose the level at which you'd like to dance.
West Coast Square Dancing offers a unique approach to health and fitness. You're not one dimensional and neither should your fitness program be.
West Coast Square Dancing is a low impact aerobic exercise which delivers all the positive aspects of intense physical activity with none of the negative elements which often force people to drop out of other sports and fitness regimes.
And the health benefits are not only physical! Responding to rapid fire commands means that your mind gets a workout at the same time as your body does. Translating oral commands into action helps to develop and maintain a person's mental agility.
Furthermore, square dancing takes place in a positive social environment which is a significant factor in the maintenance of good psychological health.
Square dancing has come a long way from its roots. What began as an amalgam of English, Scottish and Irish folk dancing has evolved into a modern prescription for better health. But let's not overlook the entertainment value of this activity.
West Coast Square Dancing has been designed to be merged with a wide variety of modern music. It is easily adapted to what, in square dance circles, are known as "singing calls". A singing call can be described as a cover of a popular song which has been edited in order that directions to dancers can be incorporated into the lyrics.
Dance leaders today are well rounded entertainers. They need to be one part lyricist, one part vocalist and one part choreographer. And to keep the mood light, they need to know how to inject humor into their performance.