Learn to lead or follow the five basic patterns of West Coast Swing and a starter step, so you can dance freestyle with a partner during one of our practice sessions. Perfect for absolute dance beginners.
- Identify the downbeat and upbeat - 'Boots & Cats'
- Dance the three basic rhythm units - Single, Double and Triple
- Dance the 6-Count and 8-Count rhythms
- Lead or follow the five basic patterns
- Lead or follow the basic starter step
- Establish a basic away connection
- Establish a basic towards connection
Get this stuff done and you're ready to hit the floor!
- West Coast Swing is composed of two beats - the downbeat and the upbeat
- The downbeat often makes a sound like saying the word 'Boots'
- The upbeat often makes a sound like saying the word 'Cats'
- The dance is built from rhythm units danced across these two beats
Boots & cats is 101 of human beatbox - making music with your voice - please don't judge us on our beatbox skills...
Basic Rhythm Units
- Single - one step during two beats of music, we step on the 'Boots' and tap the 'Cats'.
- Double - two steps during two beats of music, we step on the 'Boots' and step on the 'Cats'.
- Triple - three steps across two beats of music, we step 'Boots & Cats'.
No actual cats are harmed in the production of our classes.
Using the Basic Rhythm Units as building blocks, we arrive at the 6-Count and 8-Count Basic Rhythms.
- 6-Count - composed of Double, Triple, Triple.
- 8-Count - composed of Double, Triple, Double, Triple.
- Starter-Count - composed of Single, Single, Triple, Triple.
West Coast Swing rhythms can be confusing at first, but we promise it's magic once you crack them.
At our Level 0 classes you'll learn the following 6-Count patterns:
- Left Side Pass
- Right Side Pass (Underarm Turn)
- Sugar Push
- Sugar Tuck
Plus the following 8-Count pattern:
And use the Starter-Count to dance a:
Don't worry, we'll explain everything in the class. But you can refer back to this page to recap what you have learned.