Monthly Archives: September 2016

Catriona Wiles teaching at Potters 2017, our WCS Dance weekend

Catriona Wiles

Catriona Wiles has studied dance all her life. She began with Ballet aged 3 and moved on to train extensively in a range of partner dances including Country, Salsa, Ballroom, Latin, Modern Jive and Argentine Tango.

Catriona discovered West Coast Swing whilst living in the USA from 1999-2004 and learnt purely through social dancing and observing the world’s best WCS dancers in action competitively and in late-night swing rooms. She went on to win the Swing Fling Cabaret Division (2002) with 4-time US Open Swing Champion, Robert Royston and wife, Nicola, dancing a swing number called “Trois” from the acclaimed off-Broadway show, “Swango – The Fusion” (Swing & Tango).

Catriona’s “highlight” year was 2006 where she partnered not one but three top leaders (Paul Warden, Lee Easton & Amir Giles) in three dance styles (WCS, Country & Argentine Tango) all in the same year, training and traveling to compete, teach and perform all over the world including the UK, Europe, USA & Australia.

Over the last decade, Catriona has taken the UK social dance scene by storm and is now successfully running multiple weekly classes, courses, monthly workshops, freestyles, ICE socials, private lessons and special events in and around London and the UK under the umbrella of West Coast Swing UK, and appearing at dance events globally. She loves the musicality, freedom and intricate footwork which comprise West Coast Swing. Her workshops thoroughly cover all the basics needed to get people onto the social floor, along with dynamic patterns and emphasis on creative style and flair!


Kevin and Aggie Town teaching at our Potters 2017 WCS Dance Weekend

Westies in Essex are delighted to announce Kevin and Aggie Town will be teaching at our exclusive WCS weekend at Potters Resort, Norfolk (12th to 14th May 2017) Kevin and Aggie are one of the UK’s hottest new teaching couples in West Coast Swing.

With training from a number of the Worlds best West Coast Swing Professionals, success in the Routine divisions within the U.S. and Europe, and a history as multiple Champions in Modern Jive, they bring a unique approach and a wealth of experience to their lessons. They also believe that whilst technique is crucial to learn any form of dance, it should always be fun!

James Bartlett and Zoe Rigby Potters 2017 WCS Dance Teachers

James started dancing as a teenager; driven by his background in music he soon discovered West Coast Swing, and relished the opportunities it offered to experiment and adapt to different styles.

Zoe started dancing from a young age, moving from ballet, tap and modern; to partner-dancing and competitions whilst at university.  She discovered Modern Jive once back home, and very soon after stumbled into the world of WCS and hasn’t looked back since.

Both together and individually, James and Zoe have had multiple competition success in the UK and Europe.  They joined the teaching world in order to create an opportunity for local dancers to socialise and practise, and to encourage new dancers in an effort to grow the community.  They combine their passion for social dance with their varied backgrounds to deliver concepts that are usable, effective and most of all, fun!  James and Zoe hold weekly WCS classes and monthly freestyles in Solihull, Birmingham.

12th to 14th May POTTERS 2017, the WCS Chilled Dance Weekend

Westies in Essex,, proudly present a WCS dance weekender like no other! It’s our 3rd year at Potters 5* Resort in Norfolk and we are delighted to invite you back to our chilled dance weekend.

Working with Catriona Wiles of ‘West Coast Swing UK’ for the third year to bring you 5* WCS teaching! We are introducing for the first time additional WCS dance duo teachers, multi level themed WCS workshops, in the Gallery Lounge and Atlas Theatre and finally! Exclusive WCS social dancing into the early hours in the  Gallery Lounge, Friday and Saturday evening.  It’s all ours this year!! Graham Burke will be our resident DJ, with some additional slots for guest DJ’s to be advised.

Potters Resort provide 1st class accommodation, Full Board fine dining and much more as an all-inclusive weekend package! Our WCS dance activities run as a separate programme but you are also welcome to take advantage of the Resort’s own programme of dance and leisure activities, all included in the price!  Places limited this year so make sure you book on quick!

  • 5* WCS Teachers!
  • 5* Resort – Full Board Accommodation, Fabulous Facilities, Additional Entertainment/Activities/Dance Classes run by Potters!
  • Bucks Fizz Reception on Friday night!
  • Themed, levelled WCS workshops from FUNdamentals to Advanced!
  • Free Introduction To WCS Taster Classes for brand new dancers!
  • Bonus Line Dance Workshop!
  • Exclusive WCS Social Dancing until the early hours on Friday & Saturday!
  • Saturday Night Party – Dress To Impress!
  • Gender Balanced Event – Limited Places Available – First Come, First Served!
  • 2 Night Stay – Friday lunchtime thru to late Sunday afternoon!
  • Optional 3 Night Stay – Enjoy Potters 1st class evening entertainment & fine dining on Sunday night!
  • Early bird price until 5th November 2016 – Just £255 per person for 2 night stay (Friday & Saturday) or £338 per person for 3 night stay (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)!
  • £55 deposit secures your place – includes £5 insurance protection fee!
  • Room options available;

*Bungalow with twin/double beds in the rooms

*Bungalow Plus with 2 bedrooms – limited availability!

*Single occupancy rooms – limited availability!

  • All rooms with private facilities!
  • Supplements apply for single occupancy & 2 bedroom accommodation!


We can’t wait to welcome you to our fabulous, intimate WCS weekender like no other! Happy Dancing! Janice, Jez & Catriona!


All information can be found on our website here – under Weekender section

To book your place, email Janice Washer at or call 01371 870303 for more information on the ‘Potters’ experience.

Please note all rooms are double or twin occupancy apart from the few selected rooms which are single occupancey which carry a supplement of £20 per night. 2 bedroom Bungalow Plus rooms carry a supplement of £20 per person.

Bookings can only be made per room, i.e. two people registering together. If you’re looking for a roomie, please feel free to post within our Facebook advert here or on our Facebook group page ‘Westies in Essex’ –  or email me and I will see what I can do!

Single occupancy & 2 room bungalow plus options will sell out very quickly so register your interest with us ASAP!