WEST COAST SWING
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
Crossover Aggregate Award - awarded to the leader and follower who accumulate the most points across all styles
17 levelled WCS workshops taught by down-to-earth pros with current, progressive methods
Adv/AllStar Track - audition only
Newcomer-AllStar Mentorship Program & Feedback session
Competitors Intensive with Myles & Tessa
Connection Intensive with Phillipe & Flore
Crossover Intro classes every day in every style
Great social dancing all night in the designated WCS ballroom
International DJs & Sunday night DJ Contest
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 19), 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
Victor Loveira, Isabelle Roy, Brad Blashko, Vanessa Kéroack, & Karine Fradet
Teachers / Judges
Myles & Tessa
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, winning 2nd place at the 2018 US Open.
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 performers, they are known for their cutting-edge artistic choreography, innovative and high-risk acrobatics, and enviable musical expression.
As master teachers, they create the unique and highly effective Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program, which is quickly becoming the gold standard of teaching West Coast Swing.
Since 2002, they have been ambassadors for modern, authentic West Coast Swing: teaching, judging, performing and competing 35+ weekends a year, all over the world. www.canadianswingchampions.com
Sean & Courtney
Sean McKeever and Courtney Adair both started West Coast Swing in their youth, and have spent the last 7 years together traveling the world, training, teaching, competing, and sharing the joy of movement. Over this time they have accrued numerous national titles in Strictly Swing and Jack and Jill competitions, several awards on the NASDE circuit, and consistent top placements in the Classic Swing Division.
They are most well known for their innovative and intellectual teaching, approachable and social attitudes, and unique interpretation of traditional West Coast Swing.
Off the floor they are known for their love of a good craft beer, their dog Khan, hiking, yoga, exploring new cities with friends, classic vinyl, and spending the rare night at home cooking a meal together.
Both Ben and Cameo began West Coast Swing as juniors, Ben starting with WCS, while Cameo spent her youth in classical dance training as well as under the guidance of her WCS Champion parents. Now partners for 5 years, they travel globally, teaching, judging, performing, and running the exceptionally successful WCS event, Swingtacular.
"Bameo" combine knowledge from many components of dancing in general, movement/body mechanics, and WCS specifically. They are known for focusing on many of the most complicated concepts in WCS, and finding ways to simplify them, making them easier to understand and apply. Whether they are teaching, running events, performing, or just social dancing, their goal is to spread their love and passion for WCS to dancers all over the world, and they look forward to many of years of doing just that.
Jerome & bonnie
Bonnie and Jerome met on the dance floor in 2012 and have been inseparable ever since. Jerome is originally from Montpellier, France, and Bonnie is from Oklahoma City, OK, USA. They now call Atlanta home, while traveling on weekends to teach, judge, and perform West Coast Swing nationally and internationally, competing in the champions division. Between the two of them, they have over 25 years of partner dance experience, and pull from multiple and varied movement disciplines including hip hop, bellydance, acrobatics, and modern dance to create their unique style. Jerome's technique and discipline from his background as a karate teacher complements Bonnie's artistry, versatility, and perceptiveness to form a remarkable partnership. They currently perform routines in the Showcase division, and love to share their art and knowledge with others.
Phil & Flore
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 emerging West Coast Swing Showcase Champions, and placed 5th in 2016 and 4th in 2017 at the US Open.
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