Learn to Dance West Coast Swing Online

West Coast Swing is one of the hottest dances right now, exploding in popularity around the world. Whether you want to social dance, compete, or just vibe to Top 40 hits, this dance has something for everyone! 

While its roots lie with Swing and Lindy Hop, it has undergone a style evolution all its own and is now characterized by smooth partnering, complex lines, creativity, and momentum.

In this comprehensive online course, you'll learn fundamental patterns in both 6 and 8 count timing as well as many fun variations. There's also a bonus unit on incorporating Fusion into your West Coast Swing dancing to allow you to explore and express your creativity in even more ways. After completing this course, you'll be ready to dance West Coast Swing anywhere in the world!

What You Will Learn

    1. Welcome to West Coast Swing!

    1. How We Teach

    2. Lead and Follow

    3. Dance Positions

    1. Six Count Timing

    2. The Slot

    3. Right Side Pass (Underarm Turn)

    4. Left Side Pass

    5. The Anchor

    6. The Get Down (Anchoring Exercise)

    7. Sugar Push (Push Break)

    8. Sugar Push to Change Hands

    9. Spinning Left Side Pass

    10. Spinning Left Side Pass with Hand Catch

    11. Starter Steps and Inside Turn Sendout

    12. Sugar Tuck

    13. Eight Count Timing

    14. Whip

    15. West Coast Swing - Practice

    16. Roll In Roll Out

    17. Sweetheart Fold

    18. Crossed-Hand Face Loop Sugar Push

    19. Goofy Hand Sugar Push with Hooked Triple

    20. Roll In Duck

    21. Roll In Roll Out, Rock and Go

    22. Basket Whip

    23. Double Outside Turn

    24. Wrist Clips

    25. Sugar Tuck with Follow's Twist

    26. Cutoff Whip

    27. Cutoff Whip, Outside Turn

    28. Free Spin Whip

    29. Pivoting Whip

    30. Tuck Turn Sendout

    31. Tuck Free Spin Sendout

    32. Passing Tuck

    33. Passing Tuck with Follow's Slide

    34. Short Slingshot

    35. Slingshot

    36. Sugar Slingshot

    37. Slow Barrel Roll

    1. Intro to Fusion in West Coast Swing

    2. Fusion Basics

    3. Opposition Sways

    4. Ochos Sendout

    5. Playing with the Footwork

About this course

  • $99.00
  • 46 lessons


Here's a preview of some of the music this course will teach you to dance to:

Your Instructors

Nick & Melissa Enge

Nick & Melissa Enge are social dance instructors at the University of Texas, where they teach hundreds of students how to dance every semester. They are known for their relaxed, fun-loving approach to dancing, which puts even the most terrified students at ease. Given that their in-person classes are always full, with a waitlist, they created this site so that anyone, anywhere can learn from them at any time, and experience the joy of dancing!

Misty Enge

Misty, Nick and Melissa's Siberian Forest Cat, is named after the early 20th century dancer Mistinguette, inventor of the Apache dance. Whenever she graces a lesson with her presence, she is always sure to steal the show.


  • What will I learn in this course?

    In this course, you'll learn the basics and many popular variations of West Coast Swing. Whether you choose to learn to lead or follow, after taking this course, you'll have a good understanding of how to dance West Coast Swing.

  • Why should I learn West Coast Swing online?

    In our online classes, everyone gets the best view, instead of having to crane their neck to see what the teacher is doing. In addition, when learning online, you can watch the lessons over and over again (now, and any time in the future), as well as rewinding or slowing down the video if you need more help with a particular step.

  • Why should I learn West Coast Swing from you?

    Unlike many other sites that offer online classes, where you might only get a quick demonstration of the steps, in the hours of detailed instruction you will receive in this course, you'll actually get a step-by-step breakdown of each variation as well as many specific tips about the finer points of leading and following them. In addition, in developing this course, we thought carefully about how to arrange the variations so that each lesson builds on what you've learned in the previous lessons, so you'll always know exactly what's going on.

  • Do I need a partner?

    No! In addition to teaching the variations in a partnered context for students who are learning with a partner, in each lesson, we virtually dance the steps with you so that even if you're learning solo, you'll have us to dance with.