Levels

Who can join us?

There will be no group for beginners this time (P0/P1 levels, sorry!)

You can join one of the levels described below.

If you’re not entirely sure which level to choose, let us know!

A useful tip: when you’re in doubt whether to join the higher or the lower level, it’s often better to go for the lower one. Not only will you learn a lot but you will also be able to polish the skills you already have. The final division into levels (groups) always takes place once we received all registrations and got to know who’s coming to the event. It might, therefore, happen that we will ask you to reconsider your choice of levels if we believe it will enable you to learn more and make your WCS weekend even better and more enjoyable :)

We will have an audition for the P5 level and - if necessary- other levels too.

If you need some more advice about the choice of levels, send us an email or give us a call (See: Contact)!

P2 – for those who are familiar with the basic 6-count and 8-count patterns (left side pass, underarm, sugar push, sugar tuck, whip, reverse whip, tuck turn, free spin/spinning pass, starter step) and their varieties, but still feel somewhat uncomfortable dancing to songs with very slow or rapid pace. If you want to learn more patterns and feel more at ease with your West Coast Swing, and/or were encouraged by your dance teacher to take this level, choose P2!

(For Skalski Dance School students: this is the level for our P1/P2 students)

P3 - for those who are familiar with the WCS concepts mentioned in P2 description but still feel somewhat uncomfortable dancing to songs with very slow or rapid pace. Also, for those who recognize such terms as rock&go and leading projection but don’t really know how to effectively put them into practice.

As a P3-level dancer you should be familiar with: roll in roll out, slingshot, shadow position, sweetheart, telemark. If you know those patterns but don’t feel entirely comfortable using them and you would like to work on that, join P3!

Also, if you were encouraged by your dance instructor to take this level, don’t hesitate and join in!

(For Skalski Dance School students: this is the level for our P2/P3 students. Don’t worry if you do not recognize some of the concepts mentioned above – we’re going to cover them all in our classes before August)

P4 – for those who are familiar with the WCS concepts mentioned in P2 and P3 descriptions, have been dancing WCS regularly for quite a while now and feel comfortable dancing to both slow- and fast-paced songs, as well as to any genre of music (including blues :-)

As a P4-level dancer you should be able to control the distance between the leader and the follower, use any kind of rock&go and apply musicality to your dancing. Your stretch, constant connection and continuous movement (with proper weight transfer) are beginning to work automatically but you still need to work on them. If you feel that this description reflects your WCS level and/or you were encouraged by your dance instructor to take this level, don’t hesitate and join P4!

(For Skalski Dance School students: this is the level for our P4/P5 students)

P5 - to join P5 you need to have minimum 15 WSDC Novice points. If you don’t have enough points but were encouraged by your dance instructor to join this level and you made it through a special P5 audition - you’re in! :)

Please remember that we will do final levels (groups) division after we will close registration. We'd like to be sure that every group will be on the same level. Of course there will be possibility to change group up on the audition ;)