West Coast Swing Winter Workshop 2017

Hello, dancers! We are having our inaugural West Coast Swing Winter Workshop and Dance this year on March 18th, 2017! We are bringing in Todd Coulthard & Maria Ford of Smoothstyle Dance Studio in Ottawa -specialists in West Coast Swing dancing and teaching- to conduct workshops targeted at the “Beginner-Plus” level. They’ll also be around for our extra special evening social where you’ll have a chance to dance with them.

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Maria and Todd
Maria Ford and Todd Coulthard

Time and Locations

All the events will be taking place in the McLaughlin Room on the second floor of the John Deutsch University Centre at 87 Union St W, Kingston, ON. The workshop classes will be held from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM, while our evening starts at 8:00 PM and goes till 1:00 in the following morning. We’ll also be offering a complete beginner lesson at the start of our evening dance if you want to bring some friends along.


Time Agenda (McLaughlin Room)
11:00 AM to Noon Workshop 1: Beautiful Basics
12:00 to 13:00 Workshop 2: The Feels
13:00 to 13:30 Snack & Practice Break
13:30 to 14:30 Workshop 3: Todd’s Favourites
14:30 to 15:30 Workshop 4: Maria’s Favourites
15:30 to 20:00 Free Time
20:00 to 20:30 Intro Lesson
20:30 to 1:00 Evening Dance

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Evening Dance only ($10):
– Includes pass to evening dance

Full Workshop and Dance ($45):
– Member price: $30
– Includes passes to 4 beginner-accessible West Coast workshops (first-timers should inquire at regular Thursdays)
– Includes pass to evening dance

Additionally, if you only want to attend any particular workshop in the day, you can sign up for $15 per class.

Teachers and Class Descriptions

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Todd and Maria Todd Coulthard and Maria Ford
Todd and Maria dance, teach, and compete together in West Coast Swing. Hailing from Ottawa, Canada, they have been instrumental in the WCS community’s development there. Both Todd and Maria have always had dance as part of their lives since childhood, and have discovered a shared love of partner dance through West Coast Swing. Maria has taught West Coast Swing since 2005 and operated Smoothstyle Dance since 2006. Todd joined the Smoothstyle team in 2014 and together they teach, judge, and DJ locally and in other cities. Learn more at www.smoothstyle.ca.
Workshop Descriptions:
Beautiful Basics: Beginning with the basic patterns you already know, we’ll delve into the core techniques that make for awesome West Coast Swing dancing.
The Feels: Connection, connection, connection! The ability to advance your social West Coast Dancing is all about understanding how the dance’s connection works. We’ll spend this hour making the dance FEEL amazing.
Todd’s Favourites: Todd will show the leaders some of his favourite simple, yet COOL, pattern variations, while the followers will learn how to follow “anything”, even when it’s not expected.
Maria’s Favourites: Maria will share some of her favourite simple yet FABULOUS styling options with followers, while the leaders will have a chance to practice what they’ve learned and appreciate their followers’ creativity.

Privates: There is a Limited availability of private lessons with Todd between 17:00-19:00. To inquire about these, please use our contact form. Include “WCWW Privates” in the subject line.

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All payment should be made in person with cash, either at upcoming socials or on the day of the workshop.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is my money going?
To bringing in some world-class teachers, to give you a chance to learn from the best!
Do I need a partner?
No, we’ll be rotating partners, so you’ll have a chance to practice with many other dancers. However, if you do have a preferred partner, you can choose to do the workshop with just them.
Are the (lead/follow) dance roles restricted to people of a particular gender?
Not at all, many of our dancers here in Kingston love to dance both roles. So you’re free to participate in the workshops in whatever role you wish, regardless of how you identify.
How much experience do I need for the workshops?
You should have some knowledge of the basics of west coast swing. Come ‘swing’ by our regular Thursdays or send us an email if you aren’t sure. If you want to bring a friend who’s brand new, we’ll be running a quick intro lesson before the dance.
I’m coming from out of town, can housing be provided?
Please use our contact form to request housing for the night. Please add “WCWW Housing” in the Subject line and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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