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West Coast Swing in New Zealand with Louisa Alix

West Coast Swing (WCS), the state dance of California, originated and developed since the 1930's into the modern and sophisticated swing we know today. The dance is socially based and can be performed to music of all types from contemporary, hip-hop, funk and R&B all the way across to jazz, motown, swing and blues! It is versatile, smooth and stylie and is always fun. For more information visit the links below.
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Classes Available

About the Instructor

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Small group and private lessons available. The best way to improve your dancing skills.
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West Coast Swing is now in Auckland, Christchurch, the Waikato and Wellington!!!
Check out the links page for where to go.
A big welcome to *New* West Coast Swing venues
*Raw Connection Auckland and *Addiction Dance Hamilton
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Classes Available

  • West Coast Swing Fundamentals - Learn four, six and eight count basics of this very popular couples dance including starter steps, turns, tucks, passes and whips. The class is designed for those new to or just learning West Coast Swing. 
  • West Coast Swing 101 - The newest thing West Coast Swing! Learn the 14 compulsory basic fundamental patterns to prepare you for the social dance floor or make you jack'n'jill (a.k.a. dance with a stranger) competition ready!
  • Routines and Choreography - Do you want a West Coast Swing challenge?  This class will teach you pattern sequences that work, how to apply musicality to your patterns in a class format that is a little different.  If you want to take it further... join the demo team!
  • West Coast Swing Intermediate Level Courses
    Six and Eight Week Courses Available Including:
         Syncopations and Styling
         Hitting the Breaks and Musicality
         Cool Moves and Ladies Variations and more...
  • Learn to Teach West Coast Swing - Are your advanced students looking for a new challenge? Would you like to be able to offer more to your faithful patrons? Teaching West Coast Swing adds a new flair to your selection of classes. It will challenge you and your students with techniques that will improve their lead and/or follow, posture, connection, style, musicality and social dancing confidence.
  • Private Lessons, Small Group Lessons and Workshops available.
  • Contact me for further information
  1. Pre-registration for each series is required, full payment must be made prior to the start of class.
  2. Registration is capped so be in quick to reserve your space!


About the Instructor - Louisa Alix

In 1992 Louisa Alix started social partner dancing learning anywhere and with anyone she could find on the social dance floor.  She was introduced to and fell in love with West Coast Swing in 1999 and was eventually dancing 5-7 days a week and regularly travelling 2-5 hours for a night out dancing amongst Southern California’s finest West Coast Swing dancers.

Louisa started competing in 2001 at various American national events in the "Jack and Jill" category placing first, second, third or finalist in her division with only social dancing as her collective formal training!  Soon after she started competing she was asked to assist with classes in her local town. 

Louisa left the USA and moved to New Zealand in 2002 and after many requests from her NZ dancing friends, she started teaching WCS, obtaining regular formal training and working with a demo group in 2003.  Louisa continues to teach workshops, privates and series classes and judges dance competitions in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and in Wellington as well as Australia and is driven to see students excel and WCS communities grow. 

She occasionally returns to the USA for holidays, training and dance events.  At the last event she attended, Swingthing held in Irvine, California, USA, in October 2009, she took home 2nd place in Jack and Jill and 5th place in the Advanced Strictly categories.

Trained by many including notable West Coast Swing instructors including Skippy Blair - GSDTA, Mary Ann Nunez, Sharlot Bott, Mark Scheuffle, Sarah Grusmark, Tatiana Mollman, Jordan Frisbee, Deborah Szekely, Robert Cordoba, Benji Schwimmer, Kellese Key, Michael Kiehm, Tessa Cunningham and Myles Munroe. Louisa is also Certified in instruction of West Coast Swing by the Professional Dance Instructors Association and a recommended member instructor of the Golden State Dance Teacher's Association.


Contact Information

Phone: 07 825 5005
Mobile: 0210 303 780