West Coast Swing UK January Newsletter 2017!

From: "West Coast Swing UK" <cat@westcoastswing.co.uk>
Subject: West Coast Swing UK January Newsletter 2017!
Date: January 7th 2017

 

 

January Newsletter 2017

 

Wishing All of Our Subscribers a Happy New Year Full of Love & Dancing!

 

At A Glance:

1.       West Coast Swing UK Important Dates for Your Dance Diary!

2.       International WCS Flashmob 2016 Video Links!

3.       January 2017 Guest WCS Classes with Catriona!

4.       Second City Swing Presents…January Masterclass & Freestyle with Guest Teacher Catriona, Solihull, Sat 7 January!

5.       First Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance of 2017 with Catriona, Sun 8 January – Venue Change for January Only!

6.       First Midweek Freestyle of the Year, Twickenham, Wed 11 January!

7.       Revolution Dance “Euphoria” MJ Weekender – SwayD Boots Available for Purchase, York, 13-15 January!

8.       Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top USA Pro Michael Kiehm, Windsor, 28-29 January!

9.       Westies In Essex 3rd Annual WCS Weekender with Catriona & Friends, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 12-14 May!

 


 

1.    West Coast Swing UK Important Dates for Your Dance Diary!

 

Hi Everyone! West Coast Swing UK kick starts another great year of WCS next week! Now is a great time to start your WCS journey because for the months of January and February, we will be covering all of the WCS essentials from the absolute beginning upwards in our weekly FUNdamentals classes at both Hammersmith on Mondays and Twickenham on Wednesdays. Sort of like a course but without having to commit to signing up for it!

 

Also, for the month of January only, you are welcome to bring a friend for free! Yes that's right, SwingClubCard© members can bring a new dancer to Hammersmith on Mondays or Twickenham on Wednesdays as your guest! It's the perfect opportunity to bring some of your non-dancing friends who might be curious about what you get up to during week nights, weekends, public holidays...well basically all of your free time! :) The only rule is that it has to be a brand new dancer to our WCSUK venues. So get recruiting and help us share the WCS love!

 

Our full 2017 dates are already updated to our website “WCSUK Key Dates” pages and “Calendar” page but for easy reference, you can view the major ones here;

 

  • Monday 9 January – First Monday Class of 2017 – Hammersmith
  • Wednesday 11 January – First Midweek Freestyle of the Year – Twickenham
  • Wednesday 18 January – First Wednesday Class of 2017 – Twickenham
  • Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 January – Special Guest Teacher Workshop Weekend with Michael Kiehm – West Drayton
  • Wednesday 1 February – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 25 February - ICE Freestyle – Windsor
  • Sunday 26 February – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 1 March – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 25 March - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 26 March – Sunday Workshop – Windsor – Mum’s Dance For Free!
  • Wednesday 5 April – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 29 April - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 30 April - Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 3 May – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 May - Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top International Pros Maxime & Torri Zzaoui – West Drayton
  • Wednesday 7 June – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 17 June - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 18 June - Sunday Workshop – West Drayton – Dad’s Dance For Free!
  • Wednesday 5 July – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 22 July - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 23 July - Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 2 August – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 19 August - WCSUK 12th Year Anniversary Party & Charity Fundraiser – Windsor
  • Saturday 2 September – London WCS Flashmob
  • Sunday 3 September – Exeter WCS Flashmob
  • Wednesday 6 September – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 23 September - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 24 September - Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 4 October – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 21 October - ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 22 October - Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 1 November – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 November – Annual “SwingV” Weekend
  • Wednesday 6 December – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 9 December - WCSUK Annual Christmas Party – Windsor
  • Sunday 10 December - Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Monday 11 December – Last Monday Class of 2017 – Hammersmith
  • Wednesday 13 December – Last Wednesday Class of 2017 – Twickenham

 

Check out our Calendar page at www.westcoastswing.co.uk/whats-on/calendar/ for regular updates!

 


 

2.    International WCS Flashmob 2016 Video Links!

 

Proudly presenting the eagerly anticipated London UK & Exeter UK WCS Flashmob videos! Well done once again to Olivier & Virginie Massart and Maxime & Torri Zzaoui for the fabulous choreography, congratulations to all our UK participants and Westie friends around the world for taking part, and huge thanks to Ned Gould for spending hours and hours filming and editing the UK videos to make us all look fabulous!

 

 

 

 

Please share with your friends via social media and help us spread the WCS love…thank you!

 


 

3.    January 2017 Guest WCS Classes with Catriona!

 

Guest Spots:

 

 


 

4.    Second City Swing Presents…January Masterclass & Freestyle with Guest Teacher Catriona, Solihull, Saturday 7 January!

 

Special Guest West Coast Swing Masterclass

“Intro To Blues”

with

Top UK WCS Pro Catriona Wiles

Followed by Pure WCS Freestyle

 

18:45-Midnight, Saturday 7 January

 

Catriona will once again be guest teacher for this month’s Masterclass hosted by James Bartlett and Zoe Rigby, founders of Second City Swing. Come join us for a themed Masterclass covering techniques and concepts essential in bringing you up to a competent social dance level, followed by a chilled WCS freestyle with friends!

 

Bentley Heath Community Association

Widney Road

Bentley Heath

Solihull

West Midlands

B93 9BQ

 

Map

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/293679037694315/

 

  • £20 Masterclass & Freestyle combined – paid in advance!
  • £25 Masterclass & Freestyle combined – paid on the door
  • £10 Freestyle Only
  • To book, email secondcity.wcs@gmail.com or call Zoe on 07852 556101

 

2017 Dates:

 

Saturday 4 February

Saturday 11 March

Saturday 1 April

Saturday 6 May

Saturday 3 June

Saturday 8 July

No August Date

Saturday 9 September

Saturday 7 October

Saturday 11 November

Saturday 2 December

 


 

5.    First Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance of 2017 with Catriona, Sunday 8 January – Venue Change for January Only!

 

Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance

with

Top UK WCS Pro Catriona Wiles

 

13:00-18:00 Sunday 8 January

 

If you’ve been toying with the idea of learning WCS, then now is the perfect time to start! Or if you’ve been dancing WCS for a while and would like to refresh your basics and perfect your technique, then this is also a great opportunity for you to get back into the “swing” of things!

 

Every month, Catriona teaches a 3 hour FUNdamental/Improver level workshop, the first hour of which covers all the tools and techniques needed to get you started on your WCS journey.

 

After a short break, the next 2 hours focus on concepts and patterns to help you progress your understanding and experience of WCS.

 

And we’ll once again be offering a FUNdamentals review class with GPDIA (Global Professional Dance Instructors’ Association) newly qualified Sally Fullwood for our newer dancers wishing to consolidate their basics in a more one-on-one setting.

 

The afternoon is topped off with 90 minutes of pure WCS freestyle and practice time from 16:30-18:00! All will be made welcome!

 

*Venue Change For January Only*

Westbank Healthy Living Centre

Farm House Rise

Exminster

EX6 8SL

 

Map
 

Free Onsite Parking

No Bar So BYO

Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Snacks

Easily Accessible From M5 & Exeter City Centre

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/1778517935734378/

 

Or check out our Website page;

www.westcoastswing.co.uk/wcs-exeter/

 

  • £20 – Workshop if payment is received more than 7 days in advance
  • £25 – Workshop if payment is received less than 7 days in advance, availability permitting
  • £5 – Tea dance only
  • Free – Juniors up to age 18

 

To book, email cat@westcoastswing.co.uk or call 07881 641400. Then choose from the following payment options;

 

Option 1 – Make cash payment at any venue

Option 2 – Pay via bank transfer. Email for details

Option 3 – Send cheque made payable to C. Wiles

 

2017 Dates:

 

Sunday 5 February

Sunday 5 March

Sunday 2 April – At Westbank Centre

Sunday 7 May

Sunday 4 June

Sunday 2 July

Sunday 6 August

Sunday 3 September – Exeter WCS Flashmob

Sunday 8 October

Sunday 12 November

Sunday 3 December – Annual Christmas Party

 


 

6.    First Midweek Freestyle of the Year, Twickenham, Wednesday 11 January!

 

You're all invited to join us for our first midweek WCS freestyle of the year in Twickenham! Brush up on your basics with Coleen or just jump straight into the social! And of course you can expect a bit of Song Pong from our dynamic deejaying duo, Sarah & Catherine!

 

*Also, for the month of January only, you are welcome to bring a friend for free! Yes that's right, SwingClubCard© members can bring a new dancer to Hammersmith or Twickenham as your guest! It's the perfect opportunity to bring some of your non-dancing friends who might be curious about what you get up to during week nights, weekends, public holidays...well basically all of your free time! :) The only rule is that it has to be a brand new dancer to our WCSUK venues. So get recruiting and help us share the WCS love!

 

20:00-23:00, Wednesday 11 January

 

20:00-21:00 – WCS FUNdamentals with Coleen Man (small hall)

20:00-23:00 – Pure WCS Freestyle with Guest Deejays Sarah Piddington & Catherine Bickle (main hall)

 

St. Mary’s Church Hall
Church Street
Twickenham
TW1 3NJ

 

Map

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/1225092197569566/

 

Or check out our Website page;

www.westcoastswing.co.uk/whats-on/monthly-midweek-freestyle/

 

Free Street Parking After 6:30pm Or After 5pm In York House Car Park Across The Street

No Bar. Soft Drinks Available For Purchase Or BYO

Easily Accessible From Central London & The West

Short Walk From Twickenham Rail Station

Check out TFL or National Rail for journey planners

 

  • £9 –with SwingClubCard© membership. Enquire on arrival + *bring a friend for free!
  • £7 – Students & Seniors (age 65+) with SwingClubCard® membership + *bring a friend for free!
  • £10 – Non-members
  • Free – Juniors up to and including age 18

 


 

7.    Revolution Dance “Euphoria” MJ Weekender – SwayD Boots Available for Purchase, York, 13-15 January!

 

Keith Davies of Revolution Dance has once again kindly invited me to travel up to York for his “Euphoria” MJ event from 13-15 January with my huge consignment of SwayD “Magic” Boots for the ladies! This new dance footwear have taken the nation and in fact the world by storm, striking the perfect balance between fashion, function and comfort! They come in two traditional styles; Urban Premiere (tall) and Urban Step (short) plus some special editions, a variety of colours and come in euro sizes 34 all the way up to 42 including some wide sizes. Special reduced prices for cash sales in person! You won’t find them cheaper anywhere else! So come along and check them out ladies…you won’t regret it!

 

Check out the Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/332386087145740/

 

Or check out the Website page;

www.revolutiondance.co.uk/Revolution_Dance/Modern_Jive_Weekends.html

 


 

8.    Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top USA Pro Michael Kiehm, Windsor, 28-29 January!

 

I am delighted to announce that the fabulously talented top USA WCS Pro & GPDIA Grand Master Michael Kiehm will be returning to the UK exclusively for West Coast Swing UK from 28-29 January 2017 for an intensive workshop weekend! Michael will also be running some GPDIA teacher training so watch this space for details and contact Catriona at cat@westcoastswing.co.uk to register your interest!

 

Michael Kiehm has been the Owner and President of Starlight Dance Studio and Starlight Video Dance Productions in San Diego, California for over 31 years. Currently highly respected as a West Coast Swing Champion level dancer, Michael is also well versed in several other styles of partner dancing including Argentine Tango, Ballroom & Latin. He coaches, competes, emcees and judges all over the world. With winning titles in International Latin, West Coast Swing, Hustle and other styles, Michael’s experience lends to his expert knowledge and ability to instruct at the highest levels.

 

Michael is the Founder of the Global Professional Dance Instructors Association (GPDIA) where he has been teaching and certifying instructors from around the globe. To help bring West Coast Swing to aspiring dancers around the world, Michael gives free online mini lessons every week via social media such as YouTube and Facebook. It is his way of giving back to a community that has given him so much. You can receive these instructional clips weekly by “friending” him on Facebook or by subscribing to his YouTube page!

 

To find out more about Michael, check out starlightdance.com/

 

To see Michael dance, check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7AipYz6cRs

 

Michael has some availability for one or two private lessons slots throughout the workshop weekend. Email cat@westcoastswing.co.uk as soon as possible for availability and prices!

 

For those looking for accommodation, check out this deal! I have managed to secure a rate of £69 for a double or twin room at the Holiday Inn London-Heathrow, just off Junction 4 of the M4 and very close to Heathrow airport, including full English breakfast AND parking! It's a bit more than our usual monthly deal but this is due to high demand at the hotel that weekend due to the Farnborough Air Show.

 

www.hilondonheathrowm4j4hotel.co.uk/

 

This rate is for Saturday 28 January! Email groupreservations@him4j4.co.uk quoting "West Coast Swing UK" to benefit from this offer!

 

Multi-Level Special Guest Workshop Weekend

With Top USA WCS Pro

Michael Kiehm

 

12:00-23:45, Saturday 28 January 2017

 

*Followers Places On Hold!*

*Places Still Available For Leaders & Couples!*

 

  • 12:15-12:45:                General Dance Technique Class with Mandy Henderson

 

  • 13:00-15:00:                Workshop 1 – “Simple Concepts to Make Your Basics Shine” (Beginner/Improver)

 

  • 15:30-17:30:                Workshop 2 – “Creating Angles, Footwork & Timing Changes” (Improver Plus)

 

  • 17:30-19:30:                Break For Dinner

 

  • 19:30-23:45:                Party/Social with music from Graham Burke & Guest Deejay Justin Petersen!

 

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12:00-19:00, Sunday 29 January 2017

 

  • 11:15-11:45:                General Dance Technique Class with Mandy Henderson

 

  • 12:00-14:00:                Workshop 3 – “One With The Music” (Improver/Intermediate)

 

  • 14:30-16:30:                Workshop 4 – “Abstract Leads For Cool Moves” (Intermediate Plus)

 

  • 16:30-18:00:                Pure WCS Tea Dance

 

Yiewsley & West Drayton Community Centre

Harmondsworth Road

West Drayton

Middlesex

UB7 9JL

 

Map

 

Free Onsite Parking

Full Licensed Bar

Complimentary tea, coffee & snacks

Easily Accessible from Central London & the West

Only half a mile from West Drayton Rail

Trains direct to & from Paddington, Central London. Last train as late as 00:43!!

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/1819540938326055/

 

Or check out our Website page;

www.westcoastswing.co.uk/whats-on/special-guest-workshop-28-29-january/

 

  • £85 – Full weekend package – All 4 workshops + Saturday Night Party
  • £75 – Any 3 workshops + Saturday night party
  • £70 – Any 3 workshops only
  • £60 – Any 2 workshops + Saturday night party
  • £50 – Any 2 workshops only
  • £35 – Any 1 workshop + Saturday night party
  • £25 – Any 1 workshop only
  • £12 – Saturday night party only – spaces limited so pre-booking essential!
  • £5 – Tea dance only – drop ins welcome
  • Free – Juniors up to and including age 18

 

To book, email cat@westcoastswing.co.uk or call 07881 641400 specifying which package you’re signing up for. Then choose from the following payment options;

 

  • Option 1 – Make cash payment at any venue
  • Option 2 – Pay via bank transfer. Email for details
  • Option 3 – Send cheque made payable to C. Wiles

 


 

9.    Westies in Essex 3rd Annual WCS Weekender with Catriona & Friends, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 12-14 May!

 

Westies In Essex proudly presents a WCS dance weekender like no other! It’s our 3rd year at Potters 5* Resort in Norfolk and we are delighted to invite you back to our chilled dance weekend working with Catriona Wiles of West Coast Swing UK! We are also introducing for the first time additional WCS dance duo teachers Kevin & Aggie Town and James Bartlett & Zoe Rigby to give you multi-level themed WCS workshops in the Gallery Lounge and Atlas Theatre and finally…exclusive WCS social dancing into the early hours in the Gallery Lounge on Friday &  Saturday nights! It’s all ours this year! Graham Burke will be our resident deejay once again with some additional slots from Kevin & James!

 

Places limited this year so make sure you book on quick!

 

  • 5* WCS Teachers!
  • 5* Resort – Full Board Accommodation, Fabulous Facilities, Additional Entertainment/Activities/Dance Classes run by Potters!
  • Bucks Fizz Reception on Friday night!
  • Themed, levelled WCS workshops from FUNdamentals to Advanced!
  • Free Introduction to WCS Taster Classes for brand new dancers!
  • Bonus Line Dance Workshop!
  • Exclusive WCS Social Dancing until the early hours on Friday & Saturday!
  • Saturday Night Party – Dress To Impress!
  • Gender Balanced Event – Limited Places Available – First Come, First Served!
  • 2 Night Stay – Friday lunchtime thru to late Sunday afternoon!
  • Optional 3 Night Stay – Enjoy Potters 1st class evening entertainment & fine dining on Sunday night!
  • Early bird price until 5th November 2016 – Just £255 per person for 2 night stay (Friday & Saturday) or £338 per person for 3 night stay (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)!
  • £55 deposit secures your place – includes £5 insurance protection fee!
  • Room options available;
    • Bungalow with twin/double beds in the rooms
    • Bungalow Plus with 2 bedrooms – limited availability!
    • Single occupancy rooms – limited availability!
  • All rooms with private facilities!
  • Supplements apply for single occupancy & 2 bedroom accommodation!

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/202053643546199/

 

Or check out our Website page for full info and how to book;

www.westiesinessex.co.uk/dance-weekender/

 

To book your place or for more information, email Janice Washer at info@westiesinessex.co.uk or call 01371 870303.

 


 

 

Happy Dancing! Love Catriona

 

+44 7881 641400

 

cat@westcoastswing.co.uk

catdance@talk21.com

swingvitational@gmail.com

 

www.westcoastswing.co.uk

www.londonswingvitational.co.uk

www.swingclubcard.com/

 

www.facebook.com/groups/wcsuk/

www.facebook.com/groups/exeterwcs/

 

twitter.com/WCSUKCatriona



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