Bellingham West Coast Swing

Welcome to the informal website of an informal group dedicated to practicing and promoting WCS dancing in the contemporary-style in the northern Puget Sound as a fun social dance for leaders and followers.

We have either a WCS dance or a lesson and practice on Tuesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Both lessons and dances take place at the VFW Hall, Post 1585, at 625 N State St in Bellingham. See directions . Parking is available at the two lots just north of the hall.

On the first and third Tuesday of each month we will usually have intermediate workshops beginning at 7:00 PM. The workshops end between 8:00 and 8:15, and are followed by 30 minutes in which to practice what we just learned with the instructor commenting and helping us achieve further understanding. After this we will have music for practice until 9:30. These workshops will sometimes be stand-alone sessions and sometimes be part of a series of lessons.
Our social dances are 5 dollars (free to VFW members). All proceeds go to WCS expenses, none to the organizing group. When the lesson is part of a series, dancers are asked to sign up in advance, and to pay for the series on the first evening (contact Veronica or Teresa for information regarding partial series). Lessons are usually 20 dollars each when they are individual lessons or part of a series. Lessons in series will be available as individual sessions for 25 dollars each.
The instructors are usually available for private lessons in Bellingham during the afternoon before the workshop on the first Tuesday of each month (contact Veronica or Edoh for information).

On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month we will usually have dances beginning at 7:00 P.M. and continuing until 9:30.
The cost for the dances is 5 dollars. All proceeds go to WCS expenses.

Below are notes on the schedule.

Workshop Schedule
Date Instructor(s)
September Social dances
October 7 Joshua Sturgeon
October 21 Social Dance (no workshop)
November 4 Joshua Sturgeon
November 11 No Dance: Veteran's Day
November 18 Social Dance (no workshop)
December 2 Ian Kirkconnell
December 16 Ian Kirkconnell

The workshop table was last updated on December 12st, 2014.

Special Bellingham Area Events:

On-going: Beginners' tutorial on Tuesday's that have no workshop. Ask one of Josh, Lea, Teresa, Veronica, or Edoh.

Kim's Happy Valley dance's lessons for November and December are beginning West Coast Swing (see the links to local dance venues).

Bellingham dance company has a WCS and blues dance on the fourth Saturday of each month. BDC currently has a beginner series on Wednesday evenings (see the links to local dance venues).

Regional Swing Dance Events:

SwingCouver is January 22 to 25 in 2015. Information at SwingCouver .

Sweetheart Jamboree is February 6 to 8 in 2015, in Bellevue. For information see SweetheartJamboree .

Rose City Swing is February 26 to March 1, in Portland. For information see Rose City Swing .

Seattle Easter Swing is April 2 to 5 in 2015. Information at SES .

The Dance N Play event is June 18 to 22 for 2015 in Redmond, Oregon. Information at Dance N Play .

The Portland Dance Festival was July 10 to 13 for 2014. Information at PDF .

The Bridgetown Swing convention was September 25 to 28 for 2014 in Portland. Information at BTS .

Sea To Sky was in Seatac November 6 to 10 for 2014. Information at S2S .

WCS and Dance Links

Links are to local dance information sites, local dance venues that include west coast swing, and some nearby venues for instruction.

A brief history of the group can be found in History .

This web site is owned and managed by Edoh Amiran (email edohamiran at yahoo dot com). The information provided reflects my knowledge at the time of its writing (and some errors).