West Coast Swing UK January Newsletter 2020!

From: "West Coast Swing UK" <cat@westcoastswing.co.uk>
Subject: West Coast Swing UK January Newsletter 2020!
Date: January 11th 2020

 

 

January Newsletter 2020

 

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

 

At A Glance:

1.       Important Announcement!

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

3.       First Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance of 2020 with Catriona, Sun 12 January!

4.       ICEWest Coast Swing UK’s Chilled Monthly Social, West Drayton, Sat 25 January!

5.       First Monthly West Coast Swing UK Workshop & Tea Dance of 2020 with Catriona & WCSUK Team, Windsor, Sun 26 January!

6.       Club Jive Monthly WCS Taster Class & Freestyle, Addlestone, Last Friday of Every Month!

7.       Crystal Boot Awards – SwayD Boots Available for Purchase, Blackpool, 31 January-2 February!

 


 

1.    Important Announcement!

 

By now, many of you will have heard the news that this is the final year for West Coast Swing UK as you know it. I have agonised for many months about the direction I should take this post but I have decided to keep it really simple…I just don’t want to do it any longer. For some, this may come as a total surprise but for those that know me better, you will have seen this coming for a long time now. As the saying goes, “You’re a long time dead”! And it is my intention moving forward to fill my life with as many things that I do want to do while I’m still alive!

 

To quell any rumours, West Coast Swing UK© is not for sale and is not available to offers. The London SwingVitational© (SwingV©) is not for sale and is not available to offers. Both were borne out of my imagination and at a time when there was very little consistent infrastructure in place for WCS and WSDC events in the UK, or to be honest the majority of Europe. They are my babies. And any parent will testify that your children are not available for sale or offer once you “grow out of them”…or they “grow out of you”! With both ventures, I took a huge risk and ultimately most of the reward, a risk I was willing to take at that point in my dance career. Today’s dance climate means there is more choice of classes, workshops, socials and events than ever before. And I am glad to have played a part in developing that climate. But the truth is, I no longer have the energy, inclination or enthusiasm to take it further. I’ve had really good innings and can step out with my head held high and with no regrets.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt thanks to every single person; dance partner, team member, client and friend that has supported me over the past 15 years of West Coast Swing UK. To those that trusted my vision and more importantly, the thing that I hold dearest, my integrity, thank you! Your trust was not misplaced. To my critics, knock yourself out! You have only spurred me on in my times of weakness. It’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times. But it’s also time to move on.

 

It is not my intention to close any doors permanently. Dance has been a huge part of my life since I was 3 years old and has taken on many different forms over the decades. Who knows what the future may hold, but for now this is the absolute right decision. I will be putting as much effort into my dance endeavours for 2020 as I have ever done. A full program of events will run as usual but with extra special send offs for our West Coast Swing UK 15th Year Anniversary (Sunday 23 August 2020) and for our 10th Edition SwingV (12-16 November 2020). Then it’s time to rest. Much Love, Catriona! –x-

 

*Composed on 19th August 2019

 


 

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

 

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 Farnham on Mondays and Twickenham on Wednesdays. Sort of like a course but without having to commit to signing up for it! Entry prices for Farnham remain the same. Regrettably, entry prices for Twickenham have gone up by £1 (and by £2 for some weekend workshop packages) to counter increased hall hire costs which actually occurred over a year ago! However, this brings prices in line across all our venues and we are confident you will still find us good value for money!

 

On the up side, 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 Farnham 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!

 

Our full 2020 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;

 

  • Sunday 12 January – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Monday 13 January – First Monday Class of 2020 – Farnham
  • Wednesday 15 January – First Midweek Freestyle of 2020 – Twickenham
  • Wednesday 22 January – First Wednesday Class of 2020 – Twickenham
  • Saturday 25 January – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 26 January – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 5 February – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 9 February – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Saturday 15 February – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • No February Workshop
  • Wednesday 4 March – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 15 March – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Saturday 21 March – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 22 March – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 1 April – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 5 April – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Monday 13 April – Easter Bank Holiday Monday Social – Twickenham
  • Saturday 18 April – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 19 April – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Sunday 3 May – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Wednesday 6 May – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Monday 25 May – Bank Holiday Monday Social – Twickenham
  • Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 May – Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top International Pros Maxime & Torri Zzaoui – West Drayton
  • Wednesday 3 June – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 14 June – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Saturday 27 June – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 28 June – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 1 July – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 5 July – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Saturday 18 July – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 19 July – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Wednesday 5 August – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 9 August – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Sunday 23 August – WCSUK 15th Year Anniversary Party & Charity Fundraiser – Windsor
  • Monday 31 August – Bank Holiday Monday Social – Twickenham
  • Wednesday 2 September – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 5 September – London WCS Flashmob Rally
  • Sunday 6 September – Exeter WCS Flashmob Rally
  • Saturday 19 September – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 20 September – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Sunday 4 October – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Wednesday 7 October – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Saturday 24 October – ICE Freestyle – West Drayton
  • Sunday 25 October – Sunday Workshop – Windsor
  • Sunday 1 November – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Wednesday 4 November – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Thursday 12 – Monday 16 November – 10th Edition London SwingVitational© - The Finale!
  • Wednesday 2 December – First Midweek Freestyle of the Month – Twickenham
  • Sunday 6 December – Sunday Workshop – Exeter
  • Monday 7 December – Last Monday Class of 2020 – Farnham
  • Wednesday 9 December – Last Wednesday Class of 2020 – Twickenham
  • Saturday 12 December – WCSUK Annual Christmas Party – Windsor
  • No December Workshop

 

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

 


 

3.    First Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance of 2020 with Catriona, Sunday 12 January!

 

Monthly Exeter WCS Workshop & Tea Dance

with

Top UK WCS Pro Catriona Wiles

 

13:00-18:00, Sunday 12 January

 

You’re all invited to join us for our first monthly WCS Workshop & Tea Dance of the year at the Westbank Centre, Exminster on Sunday 12 January 2020! Yes, that’s right, we’re at the Westbank Centre this month due to a last minute date clash at our usual venue, the Coaver Club in Exeter. Back to normal next month though so please spread the word!

 

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!

 

Catriona will be teaching a 3 hour FUNdamental/Improver level workshop, the first segment of which will cover all the tools and techniques needed to get you started on your WCS journey. After a short break, the next two segments will focus on concepts and patterns to help you progress your understanding and experience of WCS.

 

As usual, we will be offering a FUNdamentals review class for our newer dancers wishing to consolidate their basics in a more one-on-one setting.

 

The afternoon will be topped off with 90 minutes of pure WCS freestyle and practice time from 16:30-18:00 with music supplied by resident deejay Jim Edwards! All will be made welcome!

 

*Venue Change For This Month Only*

Westbank Healthy Living Centre

Farm House Rise

Exminster

Exeter

EX6 8AT

 

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/2412322732417384/

 

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

 

2020 Dates:

 

Sunday 12 January – At Westbank Centre for January Only

Sunday 9 February

Sunday 15 March

Sunday 5 April

Sunday 3 May

Sunday 14 June

Sunday 5 July – At Westbank Centre for July Only

Sunday 9 August

Sunday 6 September – Exeter WCS Flashmob Rally

Sunday 4 October

Sunday 1 November

Sunday 6 December – Annual Christmas Party

 


 

4.    ICE – West Coast Swing UK’s Chilled Monthly Social, West Drayton, Saturday 21 September!

 

Innovation…Creation…Expression…

 

Presenting ICE - Our Chilled Monthly

WCS Freestyle

 

20:00-Midnight, Saturday 25 January 2020

 

Pure Uninterrupted WCS Freestyle with Resident Deejay Graham Burke & WCSUK 2019 Dancers’ Choice Favourite Deejay Paul Abbott!

 

Yiewsley & West Drayton Community Centre

Harmondsworth Road

West Drayton

Middlesex

UB7 9JL

 

Map

 

No need to book. Just show up ready to dance!

 

Free Onsite Parking

Fully Licensed Bar (Please Do Not BYO Alcohol)

Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Snacks

Feel Free To Bring A Plate

Easily Accessible From Central London & The West

Less Than 1 Mile From West Drayton Rail Station

Trains Direct To & From Paddington, Central London. Last Train Departs At 00:56!

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/598140320728853/

 

Or check out our Website page;

www.westcoastswing.co.uk/whats-on/ice-2020/

 

  • £10 – ICE only with SwingClubCard® membership. Enquire on arrival
  • £8 – ICE only with SwingClubCard® membership – Students & Seniors (age 65+)
  • £11 – ICE only – Non-members
  • Free – Juniors up to and including age 18

*£2 price increase on some packages for 2020

 

2020 “ICE” Dates:

 

Saturday 25 January

Saturday 25 February

Saturday 21 March

Saturday 18 April

Saturday 30-Sunday 31 May - Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top International Pros Maxime & Torri Zzaoui

Saturday 27 June

Saturday 18 July

Sunday 23 August – WCSUK 15th Year Anniversary Party Weekend & Annual Charity Fundraiser!

Saturday 19 September

Saturday 24 October

Thursday 12-Monday 16 November – 10th Edition London SwingVitational©

Saturday 12 December – WCSUK Annual Christmas Party

 


 

5.    Monthly West Coast Swing UK Workshop & Tea Dance with Catriona & WCSUK Team, Windsor, Sunday 26 January!

 

Split-Level West Coast Swing Workshop

with

Top UK WCS Pro Catriona Wiles

& WCSUK Teaching Team

 

13:00-18:00, Sunday 26 January 2020

 

New Windsor Community Centre

Hanover Way

Dedworth

Windsor

SL4 5NW

 

Map

 

Free Onsite Parking

Fully Licensed Bar

Complimentary tea, coffee & snacks

Easily Accessible from Central London & the West

Just over 1 mile from Windsor & Eton Central or Riverside Rail

 

Please choose from the following packages to suit all experience levels;

 

"Improver Package" - 3 hours of tuition from Beginner to Improver Plus level with Catriona

or…

"FUNdamentals Package" - first hour of tuition with Catriona, followed by 2 hours of Beginner level tuition with one of the WCS UK Team

 

This is a gender-balanced event! So book early to avoid disappointment!

 

The Tea Dance is included in the price of either workshop package or you can attend just the Tea Dance from 16:30-18:00 for only a fiver! Complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits & fruit for everyone!

 

Check out our Facebook advert for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/events/836830603424891/

 

Or check out our Website page;

www.westcoastswing.co.uk/whats-on/monthly-workshops-tea-dances-2020/ 

 

  • £30 – Any workshop package & ICE freestyle combined
  • £25 – Any workshop package & ICE freestyle combined – Students & Seniors (age 65+)
  • £20 – Any workshop package if payment is received more than 7 days in advance
  • £15 – Any workshop package if payment is received more than 7 days in advance – Students & Seniors (age 65+)
  • £25 – Any workshop package if payment is received less than 7 days in advance, availability permitting
  • £20 – Any workshop package if payment is received less than 7 days in advance, availability permitting – Students & Seniors (age 65+)
  • £5 – Tea dance only
  • Free – Juniors up to and including age 18

*£2 price increase on some packages for 2020

 

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

 

2020 Workshop Dates:

 

Sunday 26 January

No February Workshop

Sunday 22 March

Sunday 19 April

Saturday 30-Sunday 31 May - Special Guest Workshop Weekend with Top International Pros Maxime & Torri Zzaoui

Sunday 28 June

Sunday 19 July

Sunday 23 August – WCSUK 15th Year Anniversary Party Weekend & Annual Charity Fundraiser!

Sunday 20 September

Sunday 25 October

Thursday 12-Monday 16 November – 10th Edition London SwingVitational©

No December Workshop

 


 

6.    Club Jive Monthly WCS Taster Class & Freestyle, Last Friday of Every Month!

 

West Coast Swing Taster Class

with

Top UK WCS Pro Catriona Wiles

Followed by Social Dancing in the Club Lounge

 

20:00-23:30, Last Friday of Every Month

 

Resident teacher Catriona will be away again this month but Paul Abbott & Janette Fox will once again be covering the fun WCS class at Club Jive which runs on the last Friday of every month in Addlestone! The class runs in the Club Lounge for one hour from 20:00-21:00 and is aimed at Beginners/Improvers (no partner is required) followed by plenty of social dance time! Since the launch of the new and highly successful “Club Jive 3 Room Freestyle” format, the Club Lounge is now dedicated exclusively to West Coast Swing!

 

Addlestone Community Centre

Garfield Road

Addlestone

Surrey

KT15 2NJ

 

Map

 

Check out the Club Jive Facebook group for quick updates;

www.facebook.com/groups/ClubJive/   

 

Or check out the Club Jive Website page;

www.clubjive.com/westcoast.html  

 

  • £10 Full Evening – payable on the door!

 

2020 Dates:

 

Friday 31 January

Friday 28 February

Friday 27 March

Friday 24 April

Friday 29 May

Friday 26 June

Friday 31 July

Friday 28 August

Friday 25 September

Friday 30 October

Friday 27 November

 


 

7.    Crystal Boot Awards – SwayD Boots Available for Purchase, Blackpool, 31 January-2 February!

 

I have been kindly invited once again to attend the 2020 Crystal Boot Awards from 31 January-2 February at the Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool which can only be described as the Oscars Ceremony of Line Dance! I will be bringing with me a consignment of all the latest SwayD “Magic” Boots and Footwear available for purchase - www.facebook.com/SwayDUK/. Cash sales only! Make sure you come check us out!

Check out www.crystalbootawards.com for full details of the event and please spread the word if you have friends in and around Blackpool who you think might be interested in attending!

 


 

 

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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