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


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

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)

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

XMAS PARTY at Stock Village Hall, Sunday 3rd December. Fun Workshop and TEA DANCE

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Come and celebrate the start of Christmas festivities with us on Sunday 3rd December with Westies in Essex gang and Mike Rosa at the helm starting the afternoon with a Fun filled Xmas dance Workshop, suitable for absolute Beginners to WCS, followed by our Christmas TEA DANCE. We welcome all dancers on to our dance floor. If you dance WCS, slotted Jive or Blues this TEA Dance has got be a must too! Mike is sure to keep us dancing right until the end.

£20 For workshop and TEA Dance pre paid and pre booked
£25 on the door for workshop and TEA Dance
£12 for TEA Dance only, starts at 3pm! until 6pmish

Workshop 1pm to 3pm Doors open 12.45pm
TEA Dance 3pm to 6pm ish

Soft drinks/ teas and coffees provided and nibbles, but feel free to bring your own tipples or if you prefer a pub there is one just next door!! We also encouraage people to bring their own mugs!… our bit for the environment!

Location. Fab location, close to M25 Brentwood, ESSex turnoff, M11 and A12 links, ten minutes from Chelmsford

Janice Washer
01371 870303
07702 509257 whatsapp message only please as no mobile signal where i live
email: info@westiesinessex.co.uk to pre book
or FB message me with your email address and contact details

Venue: Stock Village Hall, Stock, Essex CM4 9NF.


Mike has been a UK top Professional WCS Instructor, for 9 yrs He has taught nationally as well as internationally both in the US and Europe.etc….. and is very busy with weekly classes all over England. Mike has been teaching for Westies in Essex a regular monthly workshop for the last year and Westies in Essex have been running workshops and dance events for the last four years.


Westies in Essex was started 4 years ago as there was no local WCS groups in Essex. We have had some great Guest Teachers over the years and now have Mike Rosa as our regular monthly WCS Teacher. We run workshops on the first of each month and a practice WCS session too each month at a different venue. We also host an intimate WCS Chilled dance event at Potters in Norfolk and next year will be our 4th year there. 18th to 21st May 2018 with Kevin and Aggie Town and Coleen Man teaching for us. There are two/three night options on a full board basis. We provide a fun filled WCS dance programme and social dancing as well as the Potter’s entertainment and activities and dance programmes as part of the package. We just love this event.

Step by Step WCS Workshop with Mike Rosa Sunday 5th November, Stock Village hall, Stock Essex RM4 9NF

Westies in Essex are delighted to be working with Mike Rosa as he teaches a regular monthly Step by Step WCS Workshop for us It is suitable for complete Beginners through to the more advanced WCS dancer. Doors open at 12.45

1.00pm Absolute Beginners/Improvers class ….covering Basics and Fundamentals
2.00 pm short 15 minute break,
2.15pm…Beyond basics, introducing concepts and patterns….this class will be suitable for all levels, as Mike will build on the element he introduces here for the Masterclass. Miss it and miss out!
This will be followed by a Beginner’s review class at 3pm.
BREAK for dancing/refreshments at 3pm to 3.30pm

We encourage everyone to come to the first part of the afternoon. It will help our Beginners to dance with people who are familiar with WCS technique.

3.30pm to 4.45/5pm we re introduce a Masterclass class for people who have been dancing WCS 6 months or more, attend regular classes and workshops. You will need to book on this class as a lead/follow couple. So just ask your fellow dancers to book with you or let me know you are looking for someone to pair with

5pm to 6.00pm ‘wind down’ tea dance/chat/coffee/tea time

5.00pm to 6.00 pm’ish social dancing

We host a monthly WCS workshop with Mike Rosa throughout the year (frist Sunday of every month)

Sunday 3rd December Workshop/Christmas Tea Dance with Live Band

2018 we continue with our workshops first Sunday of the month

18th to 21st May our Chilled WCS Dance weekend at 5* Potters in Norfolk. Full Board. Two/three night options, our own WCSWorkshops and WCS social dancing plus access to Potter’s evening entertainment and acitivities and dance classes

Just £20 per person pre booked/pre paid We try to gender balance event as much as we can so come on everyone team with a lead/follower if you are able to. To book and confirm your place email me for a booking form and payment details

Janice Washer
01371 870303
07702 509257 whatsapp message only please as no mobile signal where i live
email: info@westiesinessex.co.uk
or FB message me with your email address and contact details

Venue: Stock Village Hall, Stock, Essex CM4 9NF. Close to M25/M11 links via A12


Mike has been a UK top Professional WCS Instructor, for 9 yrs He has taught nationally as well as internationally both in the US and Europe.etc…..

In his own words and part of his ‘step by step’ approach to WCS teaching:

“Not all instructors are created equal. It is rare to find good dancers who are also truly good teachers. The earlier in your dance experience you are exposed to my West Coast Swing instruction, the easier it will be to learn, and the more fun you will have. my workshops are also entertaining (so I’ve been told); you will be shocked how much you are actually learning and all of it applies to the social dancefloor. I don’t teach pattern routines, If I can’t lead it on the social dance floor I won’t teach you it, “It’s WCS for everybody”.

If you are…
A Social Dancer: my instruction is designed for the social dancer in all of us! All classes will focus on socially leadable and followable skills so that you have the most enjoyable dance every time on the floor and you leave your partners wanting more.
If you are…
A Technical Dancer: If you are a technical dancer, you want to learn the technical nuances and details about West Coast Swing. All workshops focus on the aspects that unlock the secrets of this dance to help you become a better social ( and/ or competitive dancer).
Whatever you are, you will become…
A Versatile Dancer: As a versatile dancer, you enjoy seeing how West Coast Swing has been shaped and influenced over the years by different Musical genres and Dance styles. I will show how to dance to different music, also incorporate Lyrical Jazz, Tango, and Street Dance styling into your own West coast swing dance so that you stand out on the dance floor.”