North Carolina's Dance Party

Our focus is Learning and Social Dancing for all levels!

WSDC Points

We are a WSDC registry event!

We offer Jack & Jill Competitions in the following Divisions:

  • Newcomer
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • All-Star
  • Masters

All Jack & Jill Competitions (Prelims and Finals) are conducted on Saturday – NO Comps on Sunday!!!!!

Strictly Swings will again be conducted this year!

Based on the interest and success in 2019, we will again be conducting Strictly Swing Competitions on Friday Evening in the following Divisions:

  • Newcomer
  • Novice
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • All-Star
  • Masters
Swing 16 - We are again a Qualifying Event for Season 4!!!!

Join in the excitement of this unique “Tournament Style” competition!! See the Swing 16 Website for complete details.

https://www.swing16.com/

Lots of Social Dancing

What makes CWF so amazing? Our emphasis on social dancing, learning, and the ability to explore other dance styles in addition to West Coast Swing. At our core, we value the inclusion of all levels, both within West Coast Swing, as well across complementary dance styles.

To this end, we are excited to announce that once again in 2020, in addition to our Main Room which will remain primarily focused on West Coast Swing ……. we will be offering additional social dancing opportunities – featuring our “Carolina Mix Room” for social dancing on both Friday (starting at 8:30 pm) and Saturday (immediately following the Ballroom Night activities)!

In addition, we are pleased that Charlotte Latin Dance, Carolina Ballroom Dance Club, and Queen City Blues will once again be hosting dances in our secondary rooms throughout the event weekend.

The specifics are:

On Friday Night –

  • Our Secondary (Lakeshore) Ballroom will become a “Carolina Mix Room” – we will be playing a mix of WCS, Shag, Hustle, Country-Western Two-Step (CW2) and Night Club Two-step (NC2) for social dancing beginning at 8:30 pm.   This will provide a great option for those not interested in competing in the Strictly Swing contests to social dance to all the styles of dance that we will be teaching over the weekend, to warm up prior to competing, and then complement the Main Room social dancing after the completion of the Strictly Swing competitions.
  • The 3rd ballroom (Glenwaters) will kick off at 7:00 pm with the start of the Charlotte Latin Dance weekend activities.  See below for details on their plans for 2020!

On Saturday Night –

  • Carolina Ballroom Dance Club will again be moving their monthly dance to our secondary room, starting off at 7 pm with a Intro to WCS lesson, a Rumba lesson at 8 pm, and dancing from 9 pm until midnight.  For details, please visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/503691370223851/
  • Queen City Blues will once again host a Blues Room Dance in our 4th room – featuring 3 lessons at 7, 8, & 9 pm followed by dancing all night long.  Information for the Blues Night can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/462322441157435/
  • And ……… As on Friday night, at midnight we will again transition to a “Carolina Mix Room” in our Secondary Ballroom upon the completion of the Ballroom Dance Night activities!

New for 2020 – Charlotte Latin Dance will be conducting activities at CWF on both Friday and Saturday nights!

  • Joining us again for the 5th year, Charlotte Latin Dance will once again be hosting workshops, a special Latin Styling Intensive and social dancing.   They will be offering opportunities to learn and dance various forms of Latin-style dances (Mambo, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha & others) as well as Kizomba/Semba/Konpa/Cloadeira/Afrobeats/Zouk.
  • For complete details, please go to their Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/403068740367308/

And, don’t forget …… we also have social dances on both Thursday night (starting with a pre-dance lesson at 8 pm and then dancing until the sun comes up) as well as Sunday night into early Monday morning (including a lesson at 8 pm for those who aren’t interested in watching the Super Bowl).

What are you waiting for?

Learn West Coast Swing, Shag, Country Two-Step, Nightclub 2 Step, & Hustle ...... along with a taste of Latin, Ballroom, and Blues!!!

With our amazing staff we are able to offer workshops not only for West Coast Swing but also provide the opportunity to “dip your toes” into: Shag, Country Two-Step, Nightclub 2 Step, Hustle, Latin, Ballroom, and Blues!

If you have been looking for a chance to check out other dance styles – or, re-visit some dance styles other than WCS ……. CharlotteWestieFest is the place for you to do so!

Special Sessions & Intensives

In addition to the many workshops, we will be offering a few “Add-On Sessions” that can help you “raise your game” as you look to grow your dance abilities.

These are the Special Sessions we will be offering for 2020!

We will have four 2-hour Intensives to choose from – they are:

In addition, for those interested in, or already teaching, Micheal Kiehm will again be offering his newly updated and reworked Level 1 Session of the Global Professional Dance Instructors Association (GPDIA) Teacher’s Training & Certification program.  For more information, details, and to register for this session (and to take advantage of the special pricing that we offer during our event weekend), please visit the GPDIA website at:

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Other Special Sessions include:

  • Three Sessions of “10-for-$10’s” – sign-up for a “quick tune-up” with many of our staff.  For only $10, you get 10 minutes of one-on-one time with a staff member to work on 1 or 2 things that can help better your dancing, address something you have been struggling with, or just fine-tune an aspect of your dancing.  These 2-hour sessions will be scheduled throughout the weekend – see the schedule for specific times.
  • Our unique “Grow Your Dance Session” – this free two-hour session is where we invite the Newcomer and Novice level dancers to come and interact in small group settings with some of our staff and select All-Star dancers in an effort to help answer questions, provide insights, learn new things, and foster the development of everyone’s level of dance.
  • The “Project Swing Workshop” – this 2-hour Session is open to everyone! If you have a friend who has not yet “dipped their toes” into dancing, this Session is the perfect way to introduce them to West Coast Swing. On Saturday from 5 – 7 pm, we teach a “Free to Everyone” group lesson in our 4th ballroom to anyone who would like to see what our dance is all about.
  • Resilient Westies with Katie Bigelow, M,Ed.  Join Katie Saturday morning at 10:00 for a 1-hour Session where she will cover topics on injury prevention, sport performance, and more as they relate to dance concepts. For complete details, please visit her page at: https://www.facebook.com/ResilientWesties/

Workshops

DAYS

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Professional Staff

Instructional, Competition, Emcee & Judging Staff

While we continue to work on finalizing our 2020 Staff – here are those who are confirmed at this time!

Robert Cordoba  *  Patty Vo   *   Dawn Garrish  *  Jessica (Cox) McCurdy

Bonnie & Jerome Subey   *   PJ Turner   *   Jason Miklic & Sophy Kdep

 Michael Kiehm   *   Jason & Annmarie Marker   *   Terry Roseborough

Robin Smith * Debbie Ramsey-Boz * Stephanie Risser-Loveira * Jason Barnes

Doug Rousar * Bryan Jordan * Jeff Mumford * Jake Haning

Kay Newhouse  *  Alyssa Gillespie  *  Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina  *  Erica Smith

Demery & Derek Leyva w/ Jennifer Norris   *  Alan Annicella  *  Rob Glover

Abi & Stephane Schneider * Ryan Boz & Alexis Garrish * Pam & Brian Bennett

Raquel W. Nielsen  *  Antoinette Santoro  *  Carrie Smith  *  Stacy Zellner

Sheven Kekoolani  *  Margie Tuttle  *  Sharole Lashe Negrete

Nikki Kontoulas & Scott Campbell (Shag)

and …. Stay Tuned, we may have More Yet to Come!!!!!!!

DJ Staff

Meet our amazing DJ staff

We are continuing to work to finalize our DJ Staff for 2020.

However, here is who who have confirmed so far!!

Victor Loveira (Head DJ)

Anthony Derosa (Greensboro via NYC)   *  Louis St. George (“Everywhere”)

Josh Angel (Florida)  *  Kristen Shaw (Northeast Region)

Jasson Phillips (Raleigh-Durham)  *  Pete Zellner (Atlanta)

And …. we are still working to have one or two more folks join us in the DJ booth over the weekend – we will keep you updated as we continue to look at bringing in some additional and familiar names from both near and far this year!!!

Complementary Dance Instructors

In addition to our Primary Staff  – Joining us will be various Complementary Dance Style Instructors

We are working with the coordinators of the various secondary room dances as well as those from our local & regional dance communities to confirm the full list of instructors that will be teaching the workshops in:

Shag – tbd

Ballroom – Sebastian & Brigette Wrenn

Latin / Kizomba – tbd by the Charlotte Latin Dance Community

Blues – Queen City Blues is working on their details!

Schedule

**  This is the “Working Version” of our 2020 Schedule for Reference & Planning Purposes   **

Full Details will be released and posted here ASAP – Stay Tuned!

Some Key Notes:

Strictly Swings will again be on Friday Evening

All Jack & Jill Competitions – as well as the Swing 16 Prelims and Finals – are conducted on Saturday.

The Prelims are done in the early afternoon, with the Finals scheduled for Saturday evening … with all competitions completed prior to 11:00 pm so that we can get Social Dancing started at a reasonable time!

Check out the “Special Sessions” Section of this website for some unique and exciting “Add-On” learning opportunities!

Also, as shown on the schedule – We are looking at some new ways to offer added value to our Attendees and Competitors:

On Friday, we have designated some sessions as “Leveled Practice Sessions”. Come work on things, interact with others, and maybe even find a Strictly partner! We plan to have an instructor or two in each session to be available to answer questions, clean-up a move, offer support or just provide some suggestions and encouragement as you ramp up for the weekend.

On Sunday, we are working on offering “Leveled Feedback Sessions” for all those who competed over the weekend as a way to get insights into what the judges saw (or didn’t see – LOL!) during the contests.

More details on these coming soon!

On Sunday evening, the event winds down, with a Super Bowl watch party in the hotel lobby bar, a “Non-Football Lovers (NFL)” workshop at 8:00 pm, and dancing from 9:00 pm until sometime around 3 or 4 am Monday morning!

Please keep these time frames in mind when making your travel plans!

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Special Thanks to the following individuals who support our event!

Debbie & Dean Maheras * Adela Su & Eddie Karoliussen * Sharole Lashe Negrete * Steve & Teresa Sagraves

(If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor – please contact Rick Dauss via Facebook or by email at “[email protected]”)

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