Ballroom Dance Club of Fairbanks presents the Fifth Annual Jack & Jill Competition and Social Dance April 1, 2023 – 7:00pm-11:00pm! Jack & Jill competition means your partner will be determined by random draw and you will dance with more than one partner in a West Coast Swing Competition! Preregistration is open for Leads and Follows.
Leads: $6 General Public ~ $5 Members/Students/Military
Follows: $6 General Public ~ $5 Members/Students/Military
7:00 PM Competition registration and open dancing begins
7:40 PM Registration Closes
7:45 PM Round 1 Competition
8:15 PM Round 2 Competition
8:45 PM Round 3 Competition
9:15 PM Round 4 Competition
9:45 PM Final Round
10:30 PM Awards Ceremony
History of West Coast Swing!
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation.
Typically the follower is led forward into new patterns traveling forward on counts “1” and “2” of each basic pattern, rather than rocking back. Traditional figures include 6-count and 8-count patterns of one of the four basic varieties: (1) Starter Step, (2) Side Pass, (3) Push Break / Sugar Push, (4) Whip. The Anchor Step is a common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures.
Alternatively the basic patterns in West Coast Swing are defined as: Push Break (or Sugar Push); Left Side Pass; Right Side Pass; Tuck Turn; and Whip. Virtually all other moves in West Coast Swing are variations of these basic patterns.