SwingCouver is Canada's largest west coast swing event. Boasting one of the top lineups of pros, DJs, and attendees in North America!
2016 will mark our 6th year and we can't wait to share our crazy awesome weekend with all y'all!
John, Sarah, Ian and The 'Couver Crew
If you don't know what this is, plan to attend and find out! Ask your friends, the battle is a fantastic show and end to the weekend.
We have some of the best instructors teaching incredible leveled workshops all weekend.
Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
Parker Dearborn & Melissa Rutz
Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham-Munroe
Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair
Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross
John Kirkconnell & Alyssa Glanville
Ben Morris (your wicked awesome MC)
Lee Easton & Fabienne Henshall
Nick King & Tara Trafzer
Tony Schubert & Larisa Tingle
Cameron Crook & Janelle Guide
Joshua Sturgeon & Nicole Clonch
... With tones more coming for sure
Anybody interested in volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooms starting at CAD 160 for this beautiful and fantastically located hotel.Book your hotel now!
We are sorry to report that all Parking Passes are sold out.
2015 Competition Rules (Official 2016 Rules Coming Soon)
Please Note: ALL Competitors must have a full weekend pass to compete
2 pm to 9 pm
10 am to 3 pm (cut off for Nov. & Int. J&J at 1PM)
10 am to 1 pm
*If there are not enough All Star couples, this challenge will be an Advanced/All-Star Challenge with the winners dancing in the Invitational Jack & Jill that evening.
OPEN level competition involves competitors of all levels.
All pairings are made before competition starts and are made at random. For example, a novice and a pro could draw each other. To keep things fair and fun, it will not be possible for a pro to draw another pro. Dance pairs will be judged as a “Couple” whether it is a prelim or a final.
The strictly swing itself will be elimination style. We will run a prelim with all couples on the floor (we will not be having a light and dark side perlims err'body on the floor together). After 3-4 songs, a group of our judges will pick their fave couples, who will then compete in the final round for ultimate glory and domination of the Force.
You may dance this contest with your normal strictly swing partner for the weekend, however, instructors are not permitted to dance with each other. Costumes are most definitely encouraged for this division. Almost anything goes... but, recognizable West Coast Swing must be present.
SwingCouver will be boasting leveled workshops for the first time in Canadian Swing Convention History. To help you figure out which level is best for you, check out the following level descriptions:
These classes are the FREE beginners track for the weekend – No pass required! This level is geared towards the newer dancer and those looking to fine tune their fundamentals in West Coast Swing.
Top level instruction of basic timing, connection, and patterns will ensure your comfort level for social dancing throughout the weekend and after the event.
*Beginners to advanced dancers will benefit from the opportunity to take this level.
This level is geared towards the novice to intermediate social dancer. Students should be comfortable on the social dance floor and have a good understanding of all basic patterns in West Coast Swing.
Here you will learn techniques to further your musicality, partnering skills, and advance your fundamentals in West Coast Swing.
*Novice to Advanced Dancers will benefit from taking this level.
This class is designed to help us take a look into what we can do to be more successful on the competition floor! Teachers will cover some of their pet peeves and exactly what they’re looking for! Please note that you do not have to have competed before in order to take this class! *ALSO…this class is limited in size, so we will be asking everyone to leave the room at the end of each class, in order to give an equal shot to all to attend this level!
This level will be geared towards the high intermediate to advanced dancer. Students need to have qualified for the intermediate division for WSDC competitions or attend the audition for those non-competitors or advanced social dancers.
Workshops will be faster paced with advanced concepts and application of musicality, connection, footwork, and pattern structure. Our world champion instructors will be teaching the tools they have developed through their experience of dancing and competing at the highest level of West Coast Swing.
This level will be aimed at the high Advanced or “All Star” level dancer. You can pre-qualify for this class, if you have earned advanced or All Star WSDC points within the past 3 years. WSDC points ARE NOT REQUIRED to take part in this class, anyone can audition for any level!
This level is designed to push you to your limits! Our top notch instructors will take you through some of the most advanced concepts in our dance. Creating different points in your connection along with some of the most intricate technical aspects of our dance. Use of dimension and speed in our dance will also be looked at! Get ready to push your boundaries!
High Intermediate to Advanced Dancers will benefit from the opportunity to take this level. Auditions will be held on Friday at 5:00 PM and Saturday Morning at 9:30 AM for those dancers who don’t meet the point requirement to take the class.
The instructors who will be teaching Level 3 workshops will be at the audition and will know if the dancer is ready for the material they have prepared.
Auditions will be held in a relaxed and non-intimidating “Jack & Jill Style” heated format.
Canadian Residents: $165 CAD
US Residents: $130 USD
Overseas: $130 USD
Online ticket sales have closed! You can purchase your weekend passes at the door. Day and evening passes will also be sold at the event. See everybody soon!
Thursday night dance will be held at Shenanigans pub! Only a few blocks from the hotel! The night is gonna start at 8pm and wrap up around 2am!
The address is: 1227 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C3
There’s food and drink available at the venue and a small but serviceable dance floor…but it is 19+
We’re super excited to add a Sunday night dance/wrap-up this year! We will be heading out to “The Bourbon” in Gastown! Normally The Bourbon is a country music only type place…BUT they have amazingly agreed to let us play our own music! WAHOO!
Here’s the plan, we’ll have two groups leaving the hotel, so we can all walk down together and give you a little mini tour of the area. The first group will leave the hotel lobby at 9pm on Sunday evening and the second group is going to leave the lobby at 9:30pm on Sunday. We’ll take you on a little walk down one of the most historic parts of downtown Vancouver! YESSSS…CAN’T WAIT!
If you decide that you wanna head down without the group, just make sure you take a buddy with ya (as we are in the downtown core of a major city)
Location: The Bourbon
Address : 50 W Cordova St, Vancouver
Leaving Times: First group leaving hotel at 9pm…second group leaving at 9:30pm (we’re walking, so remember California friends…it’s not terribly warm out)
Going Back to hotel: Feel free to leave anytime you want but again remember to always bring at least a buddy or two!