West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing

The sophisticated style and ease of movement makes the West Coast Swing a popular favourite of night club dancers. Its compact footwork and body connection really develop a strong sense of lead and follow. Don’t be fooled by the name, you’ll find people dancing the West Coast Swing everywhere – not just on the west coast. Once you learn it, you’ll love it!


After the injury prone Jitterbug was banned from dance halls in the 1940, Arthur Murray developed and documented several swing steps that he called “Sophisticated Swing.” These steps developed into what we now call West Coast Swing and teach in all Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

Arthur Murray is credited with the first codifications of West Coast Swing and used such names as “Under Arm Pass,” “The Whip,”  and “The Sugar Push” to describe the patterns. The ladies taking “two walking steps forward” towards the man at the beginning of each pattern was standardized in his studios.

In 1989, California declared the West Coast Swing as its state dance. Today there are over 5000 documented West Coast Swing step patterns and more are added every year.


Wondering what to expect from our West Coast Swing lessons in Etobicoke? The West Coast Swing differs from other swing dances because of its distinctive slot dancing  approach. This means that the lady’s movements take her towards her partner, not away from him. Get in touch with an Arthur Murray Dance Studio to learn more!


You can dance to pretty much anything in West Coast Swing lessons. West Coast Swing can be danced to almost any music written in 4/4 time, including Blues, Disco, Jazz, Pop, Country or Big Band. It is considered a “living dance” because it is constantly evolving, growing and changing to the music styles currently in vogue.

West Coast Swing songs and artist include:

  • Addicted to Love, by Robert Palmer
  • All Shook Up, by Elvis Presley
  • Brown Sugar, by the Rolling Stones
  • Chain of Fools, by Aretha Franklin
  • Fever, by Peggy Lee

Register for West coast Swing Dance Classes in Etobicoke

Interested in taking west coast swing lessons in Etobicoke? Contact us or register on the right.  With convenient locations in Etobicoke (The Kingsway), Downtown (Yorkville), North York, and Vaughan (Woodbridge), Arthur Murray is the dance studio of choice for individuals seeking West Coast swing lessons. Want more information about ballroom dance lessons in Etobicoke? Go back to our list of ballroom dances.





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