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Beginner Bootcamp

Are you new to West Coast Swing? Do you want to review the basics? Do you want to learn a new role? Then this is the class for you!

West Coast Swing is a fun, social dance that’s perfect for a wide range of music from artists like Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson, Keb’ Mo’, Billie Eilish, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Puth, and Selena Gomez.

No previous dance experience is required, and you don’t need to register with a partner — we rotate during class.

You’ll learn basic 6- and 8-count moves, such as the sugar push, left and right side passes, tucks, and the basic whip — everything you need to get out on the dance floor.

Instructors: Crystal and Michael Guzman
Dates:
November 12 & 13, 2022
Location: Madison Youth Arts Center (MYArts)
1055 E. Mifflin Street (map — please note building outline is not shown on Google Maps due to it being so new!)

Schedule

Saturday, November 12

12:45pm – Check-in opens (please arrive early!)
1:00-3:00pm
 – Introduction to West Coast Swing
7:00-8:00pm – Pre-Social Dance Lesson
8:00-10:00pm – Social Dance

Sunday, November 13

12:00-2:00pm – Final Bootcamp Session

Registration & Pricing

You can sign up & pay at the bottom of this page or pay with cash/check upon arrival or at a club event prior to the event weekend. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. Registration is limited to 20 attendees, so don’t delay! (Attendance limit does not apply to Saturday evening social dance.)

  • Non-members: If you are new to the club or your membership has expired, the bootcamp is $75, plus applicable fees. This includes a one-year membership ($25) which entitles you to discounts at all our weekly and monthly dances.
  • Students: $55, plus applicable fees, which includes the same one-year membership as above.
  • Members: $50, plus applicable fees.

The prices above increase $10 on November 5, so register early for the lowest price!

About the Instructors, Crystal and Michael Guzman

Crystal and Michael met in 2005 in a San Antonio, Texas in a country dance hall and were married a few years later. They know firsthand how dance can transform a life and are passionate about helping others find connection through dance.
 
About Crystal:
Crystal grew up in northeast Iowa and has always had a love for all things musical. She grew up playing the violin and guitar, but didn’t discover her love of dance until years later in life.  Crystal joined the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps after college and was introduced to country dancehalls and West Coast Swing dancing while stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Even though her first career as a nurse didn’t stick, her love for dance has only grown with time. There are so many things Crystal loves about West Coast Swing: the wide variety of music to dance to, the opportunity to dance with people from all walks of life and create something new every time, the feeling of connecting with another person, and the opportunity for growth and continual learning.
 
About Michael:
Michael grew up in San Antonio, Texas and started country western dancing during his collegiate years at Texas A&M University. Dancing brought him happiness, joy, and a means of self-expression. After college, Michael started working in Training and Development for a healthcare company and would go out dancing after work. One night he saw two dance instructors dancing a style of dance he had never seen before……. West Coast Swing!  Amazed by the smooth appearance of their dancing and their musicality, Michael knew right then he had to learn “that” dance.  As Michael began his journey of learning West Coast Swing, he got out of his comfort zone to find a new interest of competing in both country western dance and in West Coast Swing. Over time, West Coast Swing has become Michael’s most beloved dance… for all the reasons Crystal mentioned above. 🙂

Face Mask & COVID-19 Vaccination (Including Booster) Requirements

You must show proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination to attend. At the door, you will be required to show:

  • A COVID-19 vaccination card with your final initial series dose two weeks prior to the date of the dance or earlier. Additionally, you must have received a booster dose if eligible.  A legible picture of your vaccination card is acceptable.
  • A photo ID to match identity with the vaccination record card.
  • At this time, MWCSC is not requiring the latest bivalent “updated” booster, especially since not everyone has had a chance to receive one yet. The board of directors has not yet made a decision on booster requirements going forward. An update will be provided before October 1.

If you cannot produce these, you will not be allowed into the bootcamp or dance. Members who have attended a 2022 dance have their records on file.

Masks may be required at this event, depending on local risk level and public health guidelines. Dane County is bouncing back and forth between CDC risk levels as the factors vary each week, so it is currently difficult to predict far ahead of time what the requirements will be.  MWCSC intends to always give at least 24 hours of time between when the CDC updates the risk level (Thursday evenings) and our events — for this workshop weekend, this means that the risk level in effect 2 days prior will be the official policy for the event. Current trends suggest that we will be in a pretty good place and masks will be optional.

Please see MWCSC’s COVID-19 policy for full details on these policies, including when MWCSC will and will not require face masks at events.

Building & Parking Information

  • The street entrance to MYArts is on the corner of E. Mifflin Street and N. Ingersoll Street.
  • All classes will be in Room 4C and the Saturday evening dance will be in 4D. A club volunteer will be stationed at the front desk in the lobby to check-in and direct dancers.
  • On-street parking is free.
  • There is a parking garage in the building that costs $2/hr and has interior access to MYArts. Access the garage from N. Ingersoll Street.
  • NOTE: Some evenings, particularly in the summer, there are large events (sports and festivals) happening at Breese Stevens Field next to MYArts. Street parking may be difficult, and most parking lots in the area incur higher special-event parking fees.  However, the parking garage attached to MYArts does not offer event parking and is still open to MYArts event attendees. There will likely be an attendant at the parking lot entrance turning away Breese Stevens event-goers, but if you tell them you are going to an event in MYArts, they will let you park there.

Register Here!

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