WCS in January

1) Tuesday teaching lineup:

7:30-8:15pm Crafting your WCS, with special guest instructor, Stephanie McHenry!!
8:15-9:00pm Basics, with Lauren and May
8:15-9:00pm Patterns, with Amanda and CJ

As always, dance party from 9 till 10:30pm

2) First Friday dance will be held on January 6, 2017 There will be a practica from 8-9pm and the dance from 9pm-11pm. The theme is Flashback Friday, Through the Decades. Come represent your favorite decade at our Flashback Friday dance! There’s going to be a costume contest, sweet jams and yummy treats as we celebrate the new year!

We will also be raffling off not one but TWO weekend workshop passes. One for the Moy’s WCS/Zouk workshops and the other for… wait for it…. Jennifer DeLuca workshops… in Pittsburgh!!!!!!!! She will be here April 7-9th and teaching workshops on the 8th.

3) The third Saturday dance will be held on January 21, 2017 from 830pm-1130pm following WCS and Zouk workshops by Chris and Melissa Moy! Registration information is at the bottom of this email.

Workshop Schedule
1:30-2:30pm- Let the Music Guide your Movements
*Identifying and understanding the pulse and rhythms in West Coast Swing and adding variety to footwork. Participants will put the movements in motion with material that can be applied by yourself or within a partnership.
2:45-3:45pm- Shaping Mechanics in WCS
*Understanding shaping movements and concepts within West Coast Swing. We will focus on concepts of solo and partner movements, shaping the slot, and keeping the character of West Coast Swing
3:45-6:30pm- Dinner Break
6:30-7:30pm- Zouk 101: Zouk Basics
7:30-830pm- Zouk 102: Beyond the Basics

WCS in July

1) Tuesday teaching lineup:
7:30-8:15pm Technique, with Amanda and Frank
7:30-8:15pm Invitational, with May and Randy
8:15-9:00pm Basics, with May and Frank
8:15-9:00pm Patterns, with Lauren and CJ
As always, dance party from 9 till 10:30pm

2) For the first Friday dance, we will be celebrating our 9th Anniversary as PghWCS. The Dance will be held on July 1, 2016 and it will be FREE as a small token of our appreciation to you! There will be no practica, however, there will be International Flash Mob practice from 8-9pm. The dance will run from 8pm-???
3) The third Saturday dance will be held on July 16, 2015 from 8pm-??

 

Jennifer DeLuca Workshops

Jen will be in Pittsburgh August 14th-16th and will be teaching workshops on August 15th!

Workshops
1:30 – 2:30pm Workshop 1: Movement
2:40 – 3:40pm Workshop 2: Swag Academy (Styling)
3:50 – 4:50pm Workshop 3: Quality Control (technique)
7:00 – 8:00pm Workshop 4: Anchors Away

Pre-register here

She will be available for private lessons through the weekend. If you’re interested in booking one, please email lauren@pghwcs.com

Jennifer began dancing at the age of 5 in ballet and jazz. At age 12 she was invited into a college level ballroom team then found her deepest passion with West Coast Swing at age 15. She began teaching world wide and competing on the NASDE circuit at 21 while juggling her home based business, Floor On Fire. A company she owned and ran, teaching dance at local timeshare properties for vacationing guests in Orlando, Fl. A few years later she decided she wanted to take her passion for swing to the next level and began teaching full time. She’s had the opportunity to partner with some of the most elite swing dancers in the world for which she is ever grateful for. In 2013, Jennifer combined creative forces with Ben Morris and compete with a hip hop infused swing routine which brought about a new energy and musicality to the dance.

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Workshops with the Wheelers!!

Save the Date! Brad and Sarah Wheeler will be teaching a day of workshops on July 12, 2014.

The schedule will be as follows:
2:30-3:30pm- Move it like you mean it
4-5pm- Blend it, Bend it, Send it
5-7pm- Dinner break
7-8pm- Kick it up a notch
8-11pm- Dance

Pricing
$40/$25 for entire day by July 5
$45/$30 After July 5
OR
$15/$10 per workshop
$10/$8 for the dance only
*Make all checks out to Kathryn Mazaitis
** To schedule private lessons please email Lauren Stoffer at PGHWCS@gmail.com

2241_1087453072440_8452_n Brad and Sarah are accomplished dance competitors on the national WCS circuit, and passionate dance instructors that have taught at national and international venues. They first met in a dance class and quickly became dance partners, which eventually led to them becoming life-long partners as well. You can now find them placing in competitions from Boston to San Francisco, and teaching in locations as distant as Madrid, Spain (enseñamos lecciones en español también). As instructors Brad and Sarah are known for their engaging style that makes advanced WCS concepts accessible to many levels of dancers, and for helping others develop their own unique dancing style.

Ben McHenry in the Burgh!

Ben is internationally recognized as a professional dancer, teacher, and event promoter.
He will be here the weekend of September 6th, to teach workshops and private lessons.
Here’s the schedule:
~ Friday September 6th, 8-9 pm
Ben will teach a group lesson before the our “first Friday” dance. The class is called “How to create patterns you haven’t even thought of yet.” Then, the dance is from 9-11. Ben and Stephanie will dance a demo for us – you don’t want to miss this! As usual, $10 for the evening, $8 for students.
~Saturday September 7th – Workshops
1:30-3:00 pm: “Tangible Musicality”
3:15-4:45 pm: “Physical vs visual connection”
5:00-6:30 pm: “Making people want to dance with you more”
$20 per workshop, or $50 for all three. For students – $15 per workshop or $35 for all three.
You can register by cash, or check made out to Katie Mazaitis. Paying at the door is fine too. Click here to download the registration form.
Saturday evening from 8-10 pm the ballroom will be open for us to practice what we learned and to socialize with Ben. Free for workshop attendees, $5 otherwise. Thanks Beth!!!
~Sunday September 8thPrivate lessons
Ben is offering us a great discount on his private lesson rate. For us, his rate will be $80. There is also a $15 floor fee. He offers a student discount – inquire when you register. Please email lauren@pghwcs.com to book your private. Book soon – his day will fill up.

Doug and Lori Rousar in Pittsburgh!

We are so excited to have Doug and Lori Rousar come to teach at PghWCS this month!!

When:
~ They will be here on Saturday, June 15, 2013

What:
~ Both Doug and Lori will be teaching private lessons during the day so make sure to schedule early!!

~ They will be teaching a workshop on Saturday from 8-9pm and then will be dancing with us from 9-11pm!!

To book a private, contact frank@pghwcs.com 

Check out their video from Spotlight, 2012.

Doug was born and raised in Wisconsin and spent most of his life there until recently moving to Ohio to be with the love of his life. He has an extensive background in musical theater having held the position of Director, Choreographer, Conductor and Producer for many productions.  Doug’s formal training in dance started when he stumbled upon West Coast Swing in 2001.  Since then he has won numerous titles across the country, including US Open Champion.  He taught many forms of dance full time from 2005 to 2011, including ECCS, Hustle, Salsa, Night Club 2, Country 2 and of course West Coast Swing.  He continues to travel on average 40 weekends a year now teaching with his beautiful wife, Lori. They try to spread the message in dance that if it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. In addition to teaching, Doug and Lori host 2 major events a year (Spotlight New Years and Michigan Classic) and also organizes and runs a dance cruise.

Lori was born and raised in Ohio.  She began dancing and competing at country events in 1998.  After a few years, she changed her focus to West Coast Swing and Hustle.   Currently Lori competes at the All-Star level in West Coast Swing and travels the country on average 40 weekends a year teaching with her husband. She truly loves the social aspect of dance and is grateful for the wonderful people it has brought into her life.

Such amazing things happing in PghWCS…

Wow!! May was such a great month for PghWCS!!!

Firstly, we had the ever so fabulous pro’s, Myles and Tessa Munroe in from Canada for an entire week!! Not only did they teach private lessons, they also taught our Tuesday night classes. Needless to say it was an amazing week! Thank you Myles and Tessa for coming to Pittsburgh! You gave us so many wonderful things to work on that will help to improve our dancing as a whole community!!

Secondly, we had the phenomenal Leify Green in to play a set for us!! What a treat!! Leif is well known in the WCS circuit for his live music consisting of not only covers, but also songs that he has written based on his travels and life experiences. His music makes for some amazing dancing!! If you missed him this time… he is rumored to be back at some point this year… stay tuned!

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Leify with our very own rock star, Victoria!