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Photo from "So You Think You Can Dance"

Why Heidi & Benji Made the Finals of
"So You Think You Can Dance"

Unbelievable!  That's the main description everyone in the West Coast Swing community gives when asked about finalists Heidi Groskreutz and Benji Schwimmer's amazing success on Fox TV's "So You Think You Can Dance."  Everyone knew they could dance, I mean really dance, but could their skills carry them ahead of all dancers America has to offer?  Unbelievable!

In typical listless fashion, those who power the West Coast Swing community are not capitalizing whatsoever on all this new exposure (hits to this WCSA website were up over 650%!) for our fabulous dance.  But that's a story for another day.  Today it's all about Benji and Heidi and those of us who don't power the West Coast Swing Community know that .... continued

west coast swing
Photo from "So You Think You Can Dance"


WEST COAST SWING

We are nuts about West Coast Swing. Our only goal is to stay focused on the dance which we all love. We are proud of the most extensive library of West Coast Swing writings and photos on the internet. Content is what drives these efforts and our enthusiasm is contagious. Please go to our Index of Articles where you will find over sixty West Coast Swing articles by over a dozen dancers. You will find instruction and creative essays on the "process" of West Coast Swing that will help you to understand better what others before you have experienced. Our scope is nationwide encouraging all styles and our readership is broad, encompassing newcomers, champions and everyone in-between. Our articles express all opinions and we encourage the exchange of differing views. Through this exchange we all grow because ultimately we are all just dancers eager to extend a hand. Articles may be reprinted (except those marked copyrighted) but please include (1) the author's name, (2) the source (Westcoastswingamerica.com), and (3) let us know so that we can inform the author of the reprinting. Contributions and comments on West Coast Swing are very much welcome.

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FAQ: What Is Swing Dancing?
by Michael A. Harvey

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"The 'feel' of West Coast Swing can be observed by the use of 'compression' and 'leverage,' an obvious stretching, rubberband-like, in-and-out movement that creates the energy for multiple spins as well as the texture of sensuous passes. Although the spectator might catch a glimpse of this 'feel' and be totally mesmerized by it, only the participants can fully appreciate the combined effort of their mutual creation. And that’s the addictive elixir that grabs the West Coast Swing dancer.

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Thigh's Wide Shut
by Joanie Fuller

Oh, those pesky thighs. What can I do to make certain I keep ’em closed during West Coast Swing competitions? I hear voices saying, "keep ’em closed and keep ’em tight." That’s not always easy when you’re being tossed around in the J&J finals by an outta control tornado wearing men’s clothing. So, how do I make my legs appear svelte, sleek, and tight? Velcro? Super glue? Not even the most delicate of thighs are easily kept under control in the heat of a two-minute competition with funky music blaring and hundreds of spectators waiting to be impressed.

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Dancer's Triple-Step Program
by Joanie Fuller

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"Joanie’s Prayer: God, grant me the credit to pay for the dance events I cannot afford, the courage to limit myself to the ones I can, and the wisdom to stash money away to make up the difference."

"Last weekend, while coming down off my chocolate high, I decided to watch Bott on video over and over hoping her style would seep into my pores. Perhaps someone will invent a salve or cream? Pott de Bott—sounds good."

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