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). The cost for the workshops/practice sessions is 20 dollars. 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 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 the currently scheduled workshops.

Workshop Schedule
Date Instructor(s)
March 4 Katie Schneider
March 18 Katie Schneider
April 1, 2014 Ian Kirkconnell
April 15, 2014 No Lesson: Dance
May 6, 2014 Jim Minty
May 20, 2014 Jim Minty
June 3, 2014 Jim Minty
June 17, 2014 Jim Minty
July 1 Roy and Farrell
July 15 Ian Kirkconnell
August Social dances
September Social dances
October 7 Joshua Sturgeon
November 4 Joshua Sturgeon

The workshop table was last updated on September 10th, 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.

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

Regional Swing Dance Events:

SwingCouver was January 23 to 26 in 2014. Information at SwingCouver .

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

Seattle Easter Swing was April 17 to 20 in 2014. Information at SES .

The Dance N Play event was June 12 to 15 for 2014 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 is September 25 to 28 for 2014 in Portland. Information at BTS .

Sea To Sky is 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).