Dance Etiquette

Rene Arreola and Jennifer Filzen, owners of the West Coast Swing Dance Company on their wedding day dancing!  West coast swing is a versatile dance that can be danced among a wide range of ages.   The friends and students of West Coast Swing Dance Company having fun dancing to the music of Steve Ezzo and Neal Banks.


1. Private Lessons

You can only make so much technical progress taking group lessons. You should take as many group lessons as possible but private lessons with a professional instructor can make a world of difference. In a group setting it’s impossible for you to get the individual attention you need. Private lessons can run $30-$80 per hour with top national instructors charging more. Just like therapists, some instructors consider 55 minutes to be an hour. Often you have to pay a floor fee in addition to that. Most instructors will allow you to bring someone with you. It can be two males, two females or a male and female. It’s a great way to share costs and learn together. Most instructors will also allow you to make a video recap of the lesson during the last five minutes. Some Instructors allow you to video a review of a group lesson as well.


2. Our Private Lesson Cancellation Policy

 If you need to cancel your private lesson with our West Coast Swing Champion dance pros, you must cancel no less than one week in advance to avoid penalty. If you cannot make your scheduled lesson, or if you cannot fill your place with someone else, expect to pay the full lesson fee.


3. Jewelry

The dance floor is not the place to show off your bling. It can be dangerous to you and to your partner. Watches, bracelets, rings and even excessive size earrings can be a real hazard.


4. Shoes

Like any activity, you have to invest a little money in equipment. Shoes can be purchased for $50 to $200 or more. Proper dance shoes have a suede sole. If you’re just getting started and have a pair of closed shoes with leather bottoms, use them until you feel comfortable making an investment in dance shoes.


5. Practice

 You will be amazed at how much you will improve if you practice for at least 10 minutes every day, even by yourself. Always work on your basics. Once you learn the basics, patterns will become much easier to understand and learn. If you try to learn a pattern and you don’t have the basics built into muscle memory, you will never be able to duplicate the pattern.


6. Hand It

Write it on your hand. Every time you go out social dancing, write 3 items on your hand that you want to work on. Each time you get to dance, look at your hand and focus on one of those during that individual dance. You will be amazed at how the items you work on start to become part of good muscle memory. If you don’t want to write on your hand, use a 3 x 5 index card.


7. Be Polite

When taking group lessons you are there to learn, not teach. Far too often people in class are trying to “teach” others while the instructor is covering a key point. You, the group and for sure the person you think you are helping are far better off if you pay attention to the instructor. You may have good intentions but it is better for every student to hear what the instructor is saying. And it’s especially disrespectful to the instructor if you are talking while he/she is.


8. Line of Dance

Line of dance is generally referred to as going counter-clockwise as in Country Western Dancing. As a general rule, FastDance styles use a slot. We all need to dance in the same direction. Think or it as dancing north and south. You cannot have someone on the dance floor dancing east and west when everyone else is dancing north and south. It is permissible to dance on the ends of the dance floor opposite the flow of north-south but in all cases, you have to pay attention. It is both partners responsibility to avoid wrecks with other dancers. Did you ever wonder why some of the better dancers like dancing on the sides or end of the dance floor? There are two major reasons: A. They like to show off and B. To protect themselves. Better dancers like to sometimes work on “tricks” and multiple turns. By being on the outside they only have to worry about dancers on one side. Thus it gives them a little more space to work with making it safer for all.


9. Perfume/Cologne

A little goes a long way, and some dancers are allergic to perfumes and colognes. Good personal hygiene is always great, but refrain from using perfumes or colognes.


10. Talcum Powder/Dance Wax

Our agreement with the Carmel Youth Center requires that we do not use talcum powder, dance wax, laundry detergent, or like substances on the floor. Thank you for your cooperation, as violation of this agreement may force us to lose our rental agreement for this facility.

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Jennifer Filzen and Rene Arreola - The West Coast Swing Dance CompanyABOUT US...

The West Coast Swing Dance Company is owned by Jennifer Filzen and Rene Arreola. They are dedicated West Coast Swing dancers who are passionate about social dancing, learning about this ever-evolving dance and teaching others what they've learned. West Coast Swing dancers on the Monterey Peninsula and the nearby surrounding coastal areas are some of the friendliest people you will meet. If you are ever in our neck of the woods, please reach out to us. We'd LOVE to dance with you!


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