|Welcome to the World of West Coast Swing Dancing!
"Sultry Swing" Dance Studio is located in the HEART of
Beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida! We are just 2.5 miles
off the Turnpike (Okeechobee Blvd exit) and just half a mile
off I-95 (Palm Beach Lakes Blvd exit). We are located on
the southeastern side of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd in the
"Professional Plaza" between Carabas and Rain-Dancer.
It is a 2900 sq. ft. studio with an 1800
sq. ft. dance floor. Come fall in love.
|2250 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 112
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
|Pay As You Go! No Partner Needed!
|Your Home for West Coast Swing in South Florida!
|Pay As You Go! No Partner Needed!
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|Dance Etiquette tips, By Erik Novoa
Want to maximize your time on the dance floor? Here are some tips to get you through the night.
1) Ask people's name.
It's much easier to ask someone to dance if you actually know their name (duh!!).
2) Deodorant & Mouthwash.
You'd be surprised to know that the #1 reason why people don't want to dance with other people is because of the way they smell. If
someone offers you a mint or a piece of gum, take it, or at least assume that they're trying to tell you something. It's better to be safe
than sorry. Allergic to perfumes and colognes?, partner dancing is going to be tough...consult your physician.
3) Correcting your partner.
I hear about this allllll the time. It's simple, don't correct your partner. If your partner wants your advice, they'll ask you for it. Don't
assume that they want to learn from you...especially during the middle of a dance. If you want to let someone know the secret of that
special move you know, ASK them if they'd like you to show it to them AFTER the dance.
4) How long do I have to dance with him/her?
Realistically, you only have to bare with each other for about 4 minutes (avg. length of a song). If you mutually enjoyed the dance, you
can do another but it's safe to walk away after one ride. If you're new or shy, you can always ask someone to dance the final 2/3 of a
song by saying "would you like to finish this song?". Since you're only dancing for one song....trying smiling...it makes it more enjoyable
for both people.
5 ) Declining a Dance.
This is tough!! Eye contact is 90% of the game. Avoiding eye contact is a polite way of avoiding being asked. Polite excuses (bathroom,
tired, thirsty etc) usually works too. But since it's a social environment, try to ask the person who you formerly declined; it's good for
Karma. If you find yourself being declined a lot, try engaging in small conversation before asking someone to dance. See advice #1-3
If somebody asks you to dance and you decline the dance, and somebody else asks you to do the same dance, that person should be
turned down as well, unless you had that dance "reserved" in addition. This can also come in handy if you want to decline somebody
else. You can always say "I'm sorry, I just turned somebody else down".
6) How to ask for a dance:
You've learned all the steps but you can't get on the floor without asking someone to dance. Summon up up your courage and learn
these simple words, "Would you like to dance? or May I have this dance? or May I have the pleasure?" Men - Step up to the plate and
ask others to dance...it's very flattering. Women - Don't think that it's the man's job to be the only one to ask...if you want to dance,
learn how to ask too. It's goes both ways! (refer back to tip #1 and #2 as easy ways to feel more comfortable approaching other people).
If someone bumps into you, a wink or acknowledgement or a simple "Sorry" is all that is needed. It does not matter who is in the wrong.
8) Dance Class Level:
A beginner should obviously take a beginner lesson. However many times an intermediate/advanced dancer of another dance may want
to jump into the intermediate/advanced class of another dance. This is a mistake. All dances are different, with different names of steps
and different lead-follow concepts. Hustle is different from West Coast Swing, which is different from Lindy Hop, which is different
from Ballet. If you are new to a dance (even if you are a champion dancer in a another form), please start from the beginning. Chances
are, if you start from the beginning you will progress more quickly.
It is also polite to take the beginner class if you're taking a class with an instructor with whom you are unfamiliar. If you are truly an
intermediate dancer, the beginner class gives you an opportunity to work on some basics which might be particular to the instructor. It
also gives you the opportunity to work on your form. If you're truly an intermediate dancer, the instructor will notice your fluidity of
movement and understanding of the dance.
How do you know if you're ready to move on to the next level? Generally, you should have an understanding of the names of the
movements, are able to lead/follow the basic elements and you know how many counts for the respective steps....then you can begin to
move on...provided that you aren't holding up the majority of the class. If you happen to be asked not to participate or to "just
watch"...don't feel bad. It's not personal (you're not bad and it isn't the teacher trying to make you feel inferior). An instructor is
responsible for the safety and effective learning of the entire class. Sometimes it's best to have someone watch instead of participate
because it might risk other's learning experience. A student shows disrespect to other dancers, the teacher and him/herself when trying to
jump into a level that is beyond their current ability. Don't lose heart, in due time (everyone is different), most students progress
naturally into the intermediate and advanced classes.
|Our 2013 Out-of-Studio Schedule:
On Staff at Tampa Bay Classic - Tampa Bay, FL
VIP Guests at Floorplay's Swing Vacation - Orlando, FL
Monthly Local WCS Dances (Tri-County Area):
1st Saturdays - Floorplay (Palm Beach Dancing)- PBC
2nd Saturday - John & MJ at Sultry Swing - PBC
3rd Saturdays - SFSDS- Broward
3rd Saturday - Mad Westie (Shall We Dance) - Broward
4th Saturday - John & MJ at Sultry Swing - PBC
5th Saturday - John & MJ at Sultry Swing - PBC
Weekly Local WCS Dances (Tri-County Area):
Thursdays - Mad Westie (Shall We Dance) - Broward
Fridays - DTYD Pros (Plaza Ballroom) - PBC
Fridays - Goldcoast Ballroom - Broward
Random Fridays - SFSDS - Broward
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|Welcome to South Florida's HOME for West Coast Swing!
Sultry Swing is Palm Beach County's HOME for Dance. We provide a fun,
friendly atmosphere for learning to dance! We teach just about all the dances
but specialize in West Coast Swing! Our dance studio is owned and
operated by John Harris and his beautiful wife, Mary Jane, and is filled with
amazing students that share our love of dancing. The passion we have for
dance is unmistakable! Come and be a part of our dance family!
No Partner Needed / Pay as You Go
|What is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing is a smooth contemporary style of partner dancing that is focused on technique, improvisation and musical interpretation. West Coast Swing as a dance,
allows for an incredible amount of flexibility in how it is done, creativity in what is done, and freedom to choreography on the fly! It is constantly evolving to reflect modern
music and trends, yet keeping one foot firmly in swing roots, West Coast appeals to people of all ages and musical tastes. West Coast Swing originated from Lindy Hop and
has been evolving ever since. Today, WCS is identified by the smooth look that comes from its use of resistance and compression to create elasticity. It is a linear dance,
where the leader primarily travels only on the first step of each move and the follower travels back and forth past him, initially in a slot and eventually in an hourglass shaped
area. WCS highlights the importance of partner connection and technique while allowing both partners the ability and freedom to express individual musical interpretation.
Allowing for timing variations, rhythm changes, rotation and height changes, as well as individually arm styling. WCS definitely becomes more addictive the better you get at it
and usually leads to a life-time love affair with dance and community.
|Sultry Swing at River City Swing 2013
John Harris and Sabrina Paxmann-Stewart
3rd Place - Invitational J&J
John and Mary Jane Harris
2nd Place - Advanced/All-star Strictly Swing
Megan Pollak - 2nd Place - Pro-Am J&J
Gwyn Catlin with John Harris - 1st Place - Int/Advanced Pro-Am
Annmarie Dennis with John Harris - 1st Place Masters Pro-Am