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. 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). Workshops in the above format with instructors from outside Bellingham are usually 20 dollars each. Costs for workshops in other formats vary. Weekly information is sent out to our email list. Contact edohamiran at yahoo dot com to be added to this list.
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 social dances beginning at 7:00 P.M. and continuing until 9:30.

Below are notes on the schedule.

Workshop Schedule
Date Instructor(s)
January 6 Leigh Young
January 20 Paul and Melinda
February 3 Joshua Sturgeon
February 17 Leigh Young
March 3 Joshua Sturgeon
March 17 Leigh Young
April 7 Ian Kirkconnell
May 5 Ian Kirkconnell

The workshop table was last updated on April 13th, 2015.

Special Bellingham Area Events:

Michael Kielbasa will be in Bellingham for two workshops and a dance on Friday, April 17th. Workshops will begin at 7 p.m.and 8 p.m. and the dance is 9 through midnight.
The dance and workshops will be downstairs at the Majestic. For details see Michael Kielbasa in Bellingham

Classes in beginning west coast swing with Leigh. The first set of classes ended Monday March 16th, and the continuation will run on Mondays from March 30th through April 27th at the VFW .
For details see Beginning WCS .

Regional Swing Dance Events:

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

Sweetheart Jamboree is February 12 to 14 in 2016, in Bellevue. For information see SweetheartJamboree .

Rose City Swing was February 26 to March 1 in 2015, in Portland. For information see Rose City Swing .

Seattle Easter Swing was 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 is July 10 to 12 for 2015. Information at PDF .

The Bridgetown Swing convention is September 24 to 27 for 2015 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. The information provided reflects my knowledge at the time of its writing (and some errors).