WEST COAST SWING
"CSC is proud to serve the West Coast Swing community, like an event-inside-an-event!"
Strictly Swing: Nov-Int and Adv-AS
Jack & Jill: New/Nov/Int/Adv/AS
Rising Star (RST): Win coaching critique sessions & the Swing Literacy Dancer Development Program
Teams divisions: Amateur & Pro
18 WCS workshops taught by down-to-earth pros with current, progressive methods
Adv/AllStar Track - audition only
Open Feedback session with wandering coaches
Friday 3-hour Intensives
Crossover Intro classes every day in every style
Friday Intensives: (click for details)
Great social dancing all night in the designated WCS ballroom
International & local DJs
Awesome local atmosphere with friendly and hospitable AllStars & Pros
Crossover is highly supported! 80% of the attendees dance more than one style
The most epic Invitational Crossover J&J you’ve ever seen - 15 couples, 3 styles!
Both English and French emcees that command the room like circus ringmasters
High-energy, original Swing format contests including live bands and jam circles
Intensely inspiring competitors with outstanding creativity, musicality, and acrobatics at all levels
“Liberating, inspiring, rejuvenating euphoria!” - Brad Whelan
Hands down, the craziest party event you will go to all year !
Let this sink in:
There is a hosted party room (free alcohol), open to all (anyone over 18), with a different theme every night (Fri, Sat, Sun), designated for club dancing/letting loose (not specifically partner dancing), with a DJ spinning party & contemporary music. The whole thing STARTS at 2am, (after the live bands finish) and goes till at least sunrise, often later. Bounce to your heart’s content between the party room and the WCS room, which will be going all night too. ...You might want to read that again. ;)
Canadian Champions Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham Munroe
Teachers / Judges
Myles MUNROE & Tessa CUNNINGHAM MUNROE
Myles Munroe and Tessa Cunningham Munroe are Canada’s West Coast Swing Champions and the highest ranked international dancers on both the NASDE and WSDC circuits.
Myles’ 30 years of diverse dance training includes 6 UCWDC World Championship titles, and Tessa brings a professional coaching career to the partnership with university degrees in both Kinesiology and Education.
As master teachers partnered for 20 years, they create the unique and highly effective Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program, the gold standard for training and teaching West Coast Swing.
mARKUS SMITH & TREN VEAL
Markus and Tren are swing dance champions based in Washington, DC under their company StuckOnSwing. With the unique styles fused from Hand Dance, Hip Hop and West Coast Swing, together they travel across the United States and internationally teaching, competing, judging, and performing at the Champion level. They are most passionate about bringing people together and sharing the gift of dance and music with the next generation.
PhilLIPE & Flore BERNE
Philippe & Flore Berne hail from France, and are now living and working in Montreal, Canada.
They come from two different backgrounds: Philippe from world of dance competition, and Flore from the world of social dancing. Their complementarity adds flow and uniqueness to their dance style.
They are renowned for their professionalism, their versatility, their passion and their devotion to their students and community. They nurture quality and hard work, always with a touch of humor. You have never attended one of their classes? Do not wait!
Today, they are West Coast Swing Showcase Champions, consistently placing top 5 on the NASDE circuit.
Based in Toronto, Kyle is the current US Open Rising Star Champion! Dancing for most of his life, Kyle's roots are in Ballroom, but quickly fell in love with West Coast Swing, and now teaches both locally and internationally. Kyle is known for his warm and encouraging personality, well-rounded teaching skills, and balancing showmanship with humility.
Kay Newhouse brings friendly warmth and attention to each of us as valuable individual members of a strong, respectful social dance community. Twenty-five years of nurturing dance friends and communities in the West Coast Swing scene undergird her voice as social dance/ social justice advocate and her fascination with the intersection between individual and community. Co-director of DCSX, Swing Fling and MADjam (the biggest West Coast Swing event in the world!), GPDIA-credentialed judge, friendly teacher, and highly addicted social dancer, Kay balances a sense of the fun of performance and competition with a strong belief that the essential soul of social dancing resides within everyone's reach, in connecting to one another on the musical playground of our shared dance floor. www.KayWCS.com
Jerome has been dancing for 15 years, starting in France but spending most of his training in the US and Canada. He has enjoyed much success in Champions Jack & Jills and the Showcase division.
"One of the most important thing you can do as a dancer, anything in life to go back to your ground so you are stable before you build something on top."
Jerome is dancing and training every day. " You must evolve all the time and try to improve yourself," Jerome says. As a teacher, he embodies the philosophy of always going back to the basics. "West coast swing is a flexible dance because you can dance to so many music styles," he said. "But you never get to the bottom of the basics. I learn new things all the time." As a teacher, he focuses on equipping dancers to practice what they are learning so they can grow effectively. "I am an awkward dancer but I train a lot and I don't look awkward anymore."
Joe Mahoney - CSC WCS HEAD DJ
Joe (PapaJoe) has been hanging around bars line dancing and country two-stepping since his teens. Over the years, Joe has become an integral part of the west coast swing community as a DJ, Instructor and event organizer. Joe travels around the country as a DJ at National West Coast Swing events such as Countdown Boston, Liberty Swing, MadJam, Tampa Classic, Montreal, Summer Hummer and more. Joe is the co-founder of The Dancing Fools, Boston Westie and Dirty Water West Coast Swing. He credits his father for instilling a love of both sports and dance into him, and now he is passionate about sharing that love with the next generation of dancers. When he’s not dancing or cheering on the Red Sox, Joe travels the globe for his company.
Brad is excited to once again bring his DJ skills to CSC. Hailing from Ottawa, ON, he has been DJing for over half a decade and loves keeping the dance floor packed all night. He enjoys mixing hits from the past with the most popular songs in the present, while also being on the lookout for the next big songs in the Westie scene.
Vanessa (DJ MOM) started swing dancing in 2007 and quickly discovered a passion for WCS which she has been practicing for 15 years now. Over the past few years, she has taken part in several events on the Canadian and American east coast as a social and competition dancer.
She is an active member of the Montreal WCS community. She made her debut as a DJ in 2018 within this same community and since 2019, she is booked to DJ at WCS events on the US east coast. She has a varied music repertoire including WCS dancer favorites from the past decade.
Isabelle has been deejaying locally for 7 years, and for a bunch of events during the last 4 years. She also implemented a support system for our new local deejays. Her motto is to put on a little bit of what everyone likes. Always in search of new sounds, don’t be surprised to find her using Shazam on her colleagues’ music!
Jenny has been interested in music and dance since she was a little girl. So, when the opportunity came up to DJ at the 100% WCS events in Sherbrooke in 2018, she accepted right away. When she arrived in Montreal in 2019, she immediately joined the team of DJs for the weekly and monthly WCS events. She is very happy to join the CSC 2023 Westies DJ team.
More details to come!