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Step by Step WCS Workshop Sunday 4th March at Stock Village Hall, Stock, Essex, CM4 9NF. Mike Rosa will be teaching

Welcome to Westies in Essex, a club formed to bring West Coast Swing Dancing to Essex. We cater for newbies to WCS and more established WCS dancers.
 
WORSHOP/TEA Dance format:
 
12.45pm Doors open for Registration
 
Class 1
1.00pm Beginners WCS class suitable for WCS Beginners and Beginners + + (ideal if you are a complete Beginner to WCS or have been dancing for eg less than 3 workshops with us or 6 classes elsewhere)
 
Class 2
1.30pm Beginners Fundamentals – Introducing our new Line Dance footwork class suitable for all levels Beginner onwards to more experienced WCS Dancers
 
2.00pm TEA Break/Social dancing/Beginners/Beginners + Review back room
 
The Beyond Basics class is suitable if you have attended 3 of our workshops previously or 6 classes elsewhere and are familiar with the basic patterns of WCS and have started WCS social dancing:
 
Class 3
2.20pm Beyond Basics! Our second themed workshop….4th March workshop Theme: Extending the basic WCS patterns and basic variations, by introducing rolling anchors, scrolls and rock step. Again, the last part of the workshop will focus on consolidating this by bringing in the musicality element to a set track and also a new whip variation will be introduced
 
3.20 pm TEA Break/Social dancing
 
Class 4
3.30pm Consolidation of Basic WCS variations class/bringing in the Musicality element to a set track – for level 3 / 4 WCS dancers ( suitable if you have been dancing 6months plus on a regular weekly basis including attending WCS social dancing events)
 
4.00pm TEA Dance open to all slotted dance styles, including our Beginners/Beginners +

Our Intimate chilled WCS Dance Weekend at 5* Potters Resort, Norfolk, 18th to 20th May 2018

We have some two night options still available Friday/Saturday. Full Board. Kevin and Aggie Town and Mike Rosa are our WCS Teachers for this event. This Resort is superb. Accommodation, sumptious, facilities excellent. We have a full programme of WCS classes for Beginners through to advanced WCS Dancers. Ideal weekend to chill wifriends, your partner, and even for non dancers as so much to do! We offer a buddy service if you have no one to book with. This is our 4th year running this event. Get booked on before all the places go!!

WCS Workshop with Mike Rosa Sunday 25th March, Stock Village hall, Stock Essex CM4 9NF

Welcome to Westies in Essex, a club formed to bring West Coast Swing Dancing to Essex. We cater for newbies to WCS and more established WCS dancers.

WORSHOP/TEA Dance format:

12.45pm Doors open for Registration

Class 1
1.00pm Beginners WCS class suitable for WCS Beginners and Beginners + + (ideal if you are a complete Beginner to WCS or have been dancing for eg less than 3 workshops with us or 6 classes elsewhere)

Class 2
1.30pm Beginners Fundamentals – Introducing our new Line Dance footwork class suitable for all levels Beginner onwards to more experienced WCS Dancers

2.00pm TEA Break/Social dancing/Beginners/Beginners + Review back room

The Beyond Basics class is suitable if you have attended 3 of our workshops previously or 6 classes elsewhere and are familiar with the basic patterns of WCS and have started WCS social dancing:

Class 3
2.20pm Beyond Basics! Our second themed workshop….4th February workshop Theme: Introducing Timing changes for basic and basic/variation patterns building on last month’s workshop. Again, the last part of the workshop will focus on consolidating this by bringing in the musicality element to a set track and also a new whip variation will be introduced

3.20 pm TEA Break/Social dancing

Class 4
3.30pm Consolidation of Basic WCS variations class/bringing in the Musicality element to a set track – for level 3 / 4 WCS dancers ( suitable if you have been dancing 6months plus on a regular weekly basis including attending WCS social dancing events)

4.00pm TEA Dance open to all slotted dance styles, including our Beginners/Beginners +

6pm ish CLOSE

There is a pub just next door, so if your workshop level has finished why not have a drink and join us again at 4pm for the TEA DANCE or you can practice in our practice room next door.

Prices

Classes 1 & 2 + Beginners Review & TEA Dance £20

Classes 1, 2 & 3 + TEA Dance £20

Classs 2, 3 & 4 + TEA Dance £20

TEA Dance only £6

or email me using secure form on contacts page

For further information please call Janice on 01371 870303

www.westiesinessex.co.uk

Other events we run:

Monthly WCS practice session for Beginners/Beginners +/Improvers at Great Easton village hall, Dunmow, Essex, 3rd Saturday am of each month. Please message for more details

CHILLED & INTIMATE WCS Dance weekender at 5* Potters Resort, Hopton on Sea, Norfolk. 18th to 20th May 2018, some two night FULL BOARD options in Bungalow Plus accommodation still available. Levelled workshops suitable for all levels. Plush surroundings!, fab venue, lots of WCS workshops, our own exclusive WCS social dancing and free access to all of the Resort’s evening entertainment, activities and dance classes too! It’s our 4th year here!

Forthcoming workshop theme for March workshop

4th March workshop Theme: Extending the basic WCS patterns and basic variations, by introducing rolling anchors, scrolls and rock step. Again, the last part of the workshop will focus on consolidating this by bringing in the musicality element to a set track and also a new whip variation will be introduced

For the remainder of the year we will continue to run themed workshops and will cover things such as Connection with our Partner to encourage ‘playtime’/improvisation for both Lead/Follow, Just Whips will be a theme for another workshop, Musicality and how to use our basic or basic variations to ‘feel’ the music when we dance, changing the tempo, putting the pattern emphasis on a different count etc… so that by the Summer Mike can start to introduce more complex pattern structures, more intricate footwork variations and spin techniques which can make this wonderful dance look amazing. Jez and I agree with Mike that unless we know our fundamentals inside out and can ‘flower them up’ we will find it very hard to move forwards towards the more complex aspects of this dance. So why not take the journey with us and build on your fundamentals with our programme of WCS advancement.

Saturday 17th March 10.30 am to 12.30 am WCS Practice Session suitable for Beginners/Beginners +/Improvers

Our next regular monthly WCS practice session is on Saturday AM, 17th March at Great Easton village hall, Great Easton village, Dunmow Essex. Suitable for Beginners to West Coast Swing dancing, Beginners + and Improvers who like the practice! Booking essential. Please email us to book your place and fine out more. As Mike Rosa says, practice practice! 10.30am to 12.30am

WCS Workshop Sunday 7th January 2018, Stock Village Hall, Essex CM4 9NF

Our first workshop of 2018. Mike Rosa will be teaching his Step by Step WCS suitable for Beginners to WCS and more experienced WCS dancers. Sunday 7th January, Stock Village Hall, Essex CM4 9NF. Starts at 1pm. Pre booking essential. Please email to book your place and for further details or alternatively check out our Westies in Essex FB page or Westies in Essex Group on Face Book. Our Workshops are held on first Sunday or each month and are followed by an afternoon TEA Dance.

Christmas Workshop and TEA Dance 3rd December

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Thank you thank you Mike Rosa for a fab afternoon of teaching, Christmas spirit, and great tracks to dance too. Thank you Sharon too. Such a great turnout and lots of fun! I’m glad the mulled wine helped things along for everyone! We raised £130 for the Christmas raffle in aid of Stock village hall charity. A special thanks to those who donated prizes and to our ‘invisible’ helpers who support us behind the scenes. Roll on 7th January for our next WCS workshop/Tea Dance with Mike. New format as per our December Newsletter. I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you again in the New
Year and hopefully we can tempt some more of you to to join us at our chilled WCS dance weekend at Potters, Norfolk, May 18-20…..not many places left!

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WCS Chilled DANCE WEEKEND at 5* Potters in Norfolk

WCS Chilled Dance weekend 18th to 21st May 2018, our 4th year running this event at 5* Resort Potters, Norfolk.

Two/three night options available:

Confirmed Teachers: Kevin and Aggie Town and Coleen Man.

We are delighted to welcome back the delightful
Kevin and Aggie Town, former International champions of Modern Jive and now successfully competing in WCS internationally in the rising Star division in Europe and the USA.

Kevin (UK: likes tea) and Aggie (Polish: likes Vodka) are one of the UK’s hottest new teaching couples in West Coast Swing. Successful competitors in the Rising Star division throughout the U.S. and Europe, along with a history as multiple champions of Modern Jive, they bring oodles of knowledge, charisma, experience, a slim laptop called Larry, dance shoes and lots of fun to every lesson. They regularly teach all over the UK for a number WCS groups and at Dance weekenders

We also welcome Coleen Man, a rising star on the international West Coast Swing circuit.

Coleen Man is now one of the top ranked West Coast Swing Dancers in the UK and Europe. After quickly rising up the ranks she is now competing in WSDC Allstar Division. Coleen has a vast dance background teaching ballet, street dance and tap. She is a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance the most prestigious ballet organisation in the world and has since become the Principal of her childhood dance school, now renamed the Coleen Man Dance Academy. Coleen’s styling draws influences from Zouk, Contemporary, Hip Hop and of course her classical dance training which comes together to give her a very unique look.

Coleen is Advanced Elite GPDIA qualified and she has taught, judged and competed internationally all over the world and she now runs Swing Academy UK, teaching West Coast Swing in London.

Both Kevin and Aggie and Coleen have also taught WCS workshops at our Westies in Essex venue at Stock, Essex

Bookings now open for this event.

Early bird two nights/full board option – £250 per person in Bungalow plus accommodation plus £5 mandatory insurance protection fee

Resort check in from 2pm Friday, our WCS Dance programme event finishes 5pm Sunday

Three night /full board option – £355 plus £5 mandatory insurance protection fee.

Resort check in from 2pm Friday, our WCS Dance programme event finishes 5pm Sunday but it’s a tradition that our third night, is the ‘wind down’/let your hair down evening. Free wine with a five course dinner, followed by a lavish show hosted by Potters and dancing ‘Al fresco’ at the Resort’s Disco and live bar area. A great way to end the weekend. Check out of rooms 10 am Monday after Breakfast, however can stay on site and use facilities until 5pm

All rooms are in Bungalow plus accommodation and prices quoted include Bungalow plus supplement and are per person. There are some single room occupancy, twin bedded rooms, double bed rooms and some two bed/shared bathroom rooms, so if you don’t have anyone to book with and dont mind sharing with a stranger I can match you with a roomie.

Friday eve
Dinner 6.30 to 7.30pm
Bucks Fizz welcome Reception 8.00pm/meet the Pros and each other!
WCS social dancing 8pm to early hours
Potters Evening Entertainment 9.30 to 11.00pm
12.00 Midnight snack/Live music

Saturday/Sunday FULL BOARD
Breakfast to 10 am
Lunch 12.30 to 1.30pm
Dinner 6.30 to 7.30pm
Midnight Snack 12.00

Kevin and Aggie Town and Coleen Man will be running a series of classes throughout the day catering for different levels of WCS experience, aproximately 5hours of teaching Saturday
WCS Social dancing 8.30pm to early hours in the Gallery Lounge
Potters Evening Entertainment 9.30 to 11.00pm Atlas Theatre

Sunday
Kevin and Aggie Town and Coleen Man will be running a series of classes throughout the day catering for different levels of experience, aproximately 3 hours of teaching Sunday
3pm to 5pm WCS Social dancing
5pm our official event finishes
7pm The ‘Wind Down’ ‘Wigs and Hats’ Dinner/with complimentary wine and Evening entertainment.show tbc! /late night Resort Disco/live music.

The Resort: offer as part of our package

Additional dance classes offered by Resort: Line Dancing and Ballroom and Latin will be available Sat and Sunday

Spa:Swimming pool/sauna/jacuzzi/steam room

Pitch and Putt Golf course, Bowls! Try it is fun! Off road course, Ten pin bowling, target shooting, Segways, climbing wall Clay pigeon shooting can be booked but at an addtional cost)

Monday
Breakfast and check out rooms for 10 am

For more information and to book please email me, Janice Washer at info@westieisinessex.co.uk or PM me on Facebook or you can whatsapp me on 07702 509257.

It’s our fourth year running this event. Numbers limited so please book early to avoid disappointment