Workshops

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

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 in” or improve your knowledge of:

Shag, Country Two-Step, Nightclub 2 Step and Hustle! 

And, for added variety, there will also be workshops in Fusion and Latin dancing offered as part of those complementary dance room activities.

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

Complete details are available on the event schedule and accompanying highlights write-up.

Information for these activities will be updated as we finalize plans for 2024. In addition, announcements will be made on our Charlotte WestieFest 2024 Facebook Event Page.

Details for the “Add-On” Sessions will be announced ASAP!

Newcomer Track

Consistent with our commitment to “growing everyone’s dance”, we will once again offer a series of Newcomer Welcome Activities.  Designed to cover and teach the foundational aspects and building blocks of WCS, it also includes sessions focused on creating socialization and interaction between Newcomers with both experienced dancers and Staff members.

The “Grow Your Dance Session” – Friday afternoon, 1:00 – 3:00pm.  This unique two-hour session, now part of the Newcomer Welcome Activities, is included as part of your weekend pass. Newcomer and Beginner level dancers are invited to come and interact in small group settings with select staff, All-Star dancers and recognized community instructors, in an effort to help answer questions, provide insights, learn new things, and foster the development of everyone’s level of dance.

Leveled Competitor Prep & Review Sessions

The Prep Sessions will be on Friday and are focused on helping people fine tune things in getting ready to compete over the weekend … and, are also a great way to find a Strictly Swing partner if you might be interested in doing so.

The Review Sessions are on Sunday, and offer an opportunity for informal interaction with some of the Staff who judged the various contests over the weekend.

Details for all these special workshops are available in the Schedule Details link and write-ups.

Specialty Classes

In addition to the numerous workshops covering West Coast Swing as well as other dance styles, we are excited to tentatively offer the following classes as part of the weekend activities:

• On Friday at 11:00am: Strength & Mobility Class by Jeff Mumford. Details coming soon.

• On Friday at 11:00am: Margie Tuttle will be leading a Barre Class. Join in for an hour that will target, engage and fine-tune muscles that will help you with your dancing.

• On Saturday: Activities will kick-off at 9:00am, with Christa Eppinghaus leading a Yoga Session. Start your day with this session and see how yoga can benefit you in your dancing and general daily living.

• On Saturday from 11:00 pm until Midnight: Janie Deroche will be doing a Belly Dancing Class in the Walden Break-Out Room.  All bodies and genders are welcome to come get in touch with your core muscles while having a whole lot of fun.

2024 Add-on Sessions

Our Add-On Sessions provide opportunities for focused coaching from some phenomenal instructors!

Special Sessions & Intensives

In addition to the many workshops that are included in your event pass, we are once again offering a limited number of “Add-On Sessions”.  These intensives provide opportunities for focused coaching on a specific topic/technique/skill set from some phenomenal instructors for nominal add-on costs. See highlights below.

We will also have a Blues & Fusion Room and Latin Room, and with those, there will be something special offered again this year. Full details to be announced shortly.

Other Special Sessions include:

Two 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 sessions will be scheduled throughout the weekend – see the schedule for specific times.  Sign-Up for these Sessions will be done On-Site in conjunction with announcing which Staff will be participating in each Session.

ROBERT ROYSTON

Royston Intensive

Saturday, Feb 03, 2024
9:00 – 11:30 am

This 2.5 hour intensive is open to both leaders and followers of all levels. Robert is working on developing a new and unique session for CWF’24 built upon foundational aspects and concepts from his Royston Method, Sunday Science, & Fittest Over 50 material – all built upon his depth of experiences and studies. It’s sure to be an amazing learning and developmental opportunity!

$55 (Pre-Registration)
$75 (At the Event)

JENNIFER DE LUCA

Movement Jeneration: Hip-Hop

Friday, Feb 02, 2024
4:00 – 6:00 pm

This is one of two 2-hour sessions that Jen will be doing during the weekend. In this session, she will be focusing on experimenting with and learning how to incorporate the influence and movements of Hip-Hop styling seamlessly into your WCS in fun and creative ways!

$35 (Pre-Registration)
$45 (At the Event)

OR

Take BOTH the Hip-Hop & Reggaeton sessions:

$50 (Pre-Registration)
$70 (At the Event)

JENNIFER DE LUCA

Movement Jeneration: Reggaeton

Sunday, Feb 04, 2024
10:00 am – Noon

This is the 2nd of two 2-hour sessions that Jen will be doing during the weekend. In this session, she will be focusing on experimenting with and learning how to incorporate the influence and movements of Reggaeton styling seamlessly into your WCS in fun and creative ways!

$35 (Pre-Registration)
$45 (At the Event)

OR

Take BOTH the Hip-Hop & Reggaeton sessions:

$50 (Pre-Registration)
$70 (At the Event)

RUBY LAIR & JOSH ANGEL

DJ Intensive: Music Sets
Social vs. Competition

Full Intensive is 3 Hours, broken into 2 sessions. BOTH session are included in the fee.

Friday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm (1.5 hours)

– AND –

Saturday – 6:00 – 7:30 pm (1.5 hours)

Ruby and Josh will be bringing their extensive knowledge to bear as they cover topics such as: Evaluating Music, and how to build sets for Social Dancing versus Competitions. There will also be time for some Q&A. If you are already working as a DJ for your local community, at events, just starting your journey, or want to better understand some aspects of the critical role that DJs play in our dance community …… this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

$50 (Pre-Registration)
$75 (At the Event)

Patty Vo
John Festa

Dancing to Blues Music

Saturday (9/9/23)
90 minutes @ 11:00am – 12:30 pm
Space will be limited

WCS Legends Patty Vo & John Festa will cover concepts and material focused on footwork & styling in dancing to Blues music.

Open to all levels of dancers.

 

$25 Individual Pre-Registration.
$40 Couple Pre-Registration.
$30 Individual (On-Site)
$50 Couple (On-Site)