Doug Silton - WCS From Scratch AND License to Dance

28. February 2011

At the moment I am writting this, my instructional DVDs and Videos collection includes content from:

  • Skippy Blair
  • Jordan Frisbee and Tatiana Molman
  • Arjay Centeno
  • John Lindo and Jessica Cox
  • Shawn Trautman
  • Brian Faust and Autumn Bear
  • Mario Robau

All of them are great teachers and I hope to have time to write a review about their learning content. However today, my collection just grew with two DVDs from Doug Silton and Libbat Shaham: West Coast Swing from Scratch and West Coast Swing License to Dance. In a few words - the DVDs are fun, have great content and they are worth every penny. And to make things better: they cost together 17.00$ including S&H.

What you get for 17$ (and I will use the description from Doug's site):


In West Coast Swing: From Scratch, Doug Silton & Libbat Shaham join forces to bring you this "How to dance West Coast Swing" basics video!

DVD Chapters:
Body Movement
Partner Connection
The 10 Basic Patterns of West Coast Swing
How to Lead and Follow the dance
3 practice dances designed for you to dance WITH us to practice your basics!

In "West Coast Swing: License To Dance," Doug Silton & Libbat Shaham join forces to bring you this Basics & Beyond style video.

This video (the immediate follow-up to WCS: From Scratch) covers basic variations, basic stylings, secrets to moving ahead in your dance, dance practice chapters, and even includes includes a chapter on how to convert your Lindy Hop and Ballroom Dancing to West Coast Swing!


1. Three Sendout Variations
2. Sugar Push Tuck
3. Whip Inside Turn
4. Whip Double Outside Turn
5. Whip To Closed
6. Double Outside Turn
7. Hammerlock Roll/

1. Toe-Ball-Change
2. Free Arms
3. Upper Body Isolations
4. Crosses

1. How To Extend Counts
2. To And From The Hand
3. Legs & Feet
4. Momentum & Acceleration
5. Transitions

1. Practice Dance
2. Social Dance


You can buy them from Swing Dance Stuff.



The Boston Tea Party - March 24-27, 2011

26. February 2011

The Boston Tea Party

Russian Open WCS Championships - Apr. 1 - 3, 2011

22. February 2011

Russian Open WCS Championships

As the event is over here are the highlights:

SWING IT ON! with Parker Dearborn & Stacy Chiang in Singapore

21. February 2011

"West Coast Swing Singapore is proud to bring to you, SWING IT ON! with Parker Dearborn and Stacy Chiang!

SWING IT ON! will take place from Thursday, 31st March to Sunday, 3rd April 2011, with over 12 hours of intensive workshops, parties, and performances."

More info here: SWING IT ON! with Parker Dearborn and Stacy Chiang

West Coast Swing lessons

10. February 2011

English follows:

In fiecare Duminica, intre orele 18:00 si 20:00 va asteptam la Studioul Fame Music Dance in Calea Vitan 23 C pentru o introducere in West Coast Swing. Pentru mai multe informatii contactati-ne la numarul de telefon +40 724 581 840 sau pe adresa de email info(at)

Each Sunday between 18:00 and 20:00, in Bucharest, we are waiting for you at the Fame Music Dance Studio, Calea Vitan 23 C for a West Coast Swing Introduction lesson. For more info please contact us by phone +40 724 581 840 or using the email address info(at)

Our group:


West Coast Swing demo:



8. February 2011

I created today the West Coast Swing article in the romanian version of Wikipedia. I hope it will become a large page in time.

Introduction to West Coast Swing - 3rd instance

7. February 2011

It was quite a day and at least for me it was fun!



Westie On The Promenade

6. February 2011

How does it sound for you 5 days of West Coast Swing on the French Riviera, with 6 couple of teachers and all that for less than 400E? It is real! Check out the site of the "Westie On The Promenade" event - a West Coast Swing Holiday and Dance Camp taking place between 6th to 10th of July 2011.



Triple steps drills

2. February 2011

Doing triple steps thing that is difficult for West Coast Swing beginners (and by beginner I refer to someone that has no dance experience).

I found out several drills that might help (they are from Lindy Hop but can be used for learning the triple step concept):