Practice good personal hygiene and you are likely to be a more popular dancer. Shower before the event, wear deodorant, and freshen up your breath. If you sweat a lot, bring an extra shirt. Wash your hands after using the bathroom and use the hand sanitiser available.
West Coast Swing is a casual dance and wear clothing that you are comfortable in. We tend to wear shoes with a suede sole, or trainers where you put stickers on the sole to help you spin. Avoid rubber soled shoes or shoes that stick to floor.
West Coast Swing is danced in a slot: run the slot in the same direction as everyone else and avoid bumping into others taking care of your partner especially when the dancefloor is busy.
Asking someone to dance is an invitation, and it is okay to decline an invitation. West Coast Swing does not assume the role based on gender so ask your partner if they wish to lead or follow.
Don’t give unsolicited feedback to your partner during class or social dancing, even if it comes from a good intention, unless someone’s safety is at stake. Everyone learns at a different pace and there are various levels of dancers that attend our events.
Be inclusive and friendly: Don’t be afraid to invite others to dance with you – everyone is there to dance! Maybe strike up a conversation with someone off the dance floor? Trying to connect with others can make dancing more fun and foster a community where everyone feels included.
Stay hydrated: Dancing can be physically demanding, so drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the event. This will help you maintain your energy levels and avoid dehydration.