SwingCouver
January 21 - 24, 2016 Vancouver, BC

The Event

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!

So stoked!

John, Sarah, Ian and The 'Couver Crew

Why You Should Attend

Weekend Highlights

John vs Sarah Team Battle

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.

Event Staff

Instructors

We have some of the best instructors teaching incredible leveled workshops all weekend.

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
Benji Schwimmer
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)
Deborah Székely
Lee Easton & Fabienne Henshall
Nick King & Tara Trafzer
Tony Schubert & Larisa Tingle
Cameron Crook & Janelle Guide
Joshua Sturgeon & Nicole Clonch
Katie Schneider
Tashina Beckmann
Christopher Dumond
Douglas Rousar
Hannah Clonch

... With tones more coming for sure

Beat Droppin' DJs

Jason Brown (lead DJ)
Victor Loveira (comp DJ)
Chris Jones
Koichi Tsunoda
Maryann Newmeyer
Hareesh Kapoor
Larisa Tingle

Volunteers

Anybody interested in volunteering, please email swingcouver@gmail.com.

Hotel / Venue

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel

1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5
Canada

Rooms starting at CAD 160 for this beautiful and fantastically located hotel.

Book your hotel now!

Parking Passes

We are sorry to report that all Parking Passes are sold out.

Competitions

2015 Competition Rules (Official 2016 Rules Coming Soon)

Please Note: ALL Competitors must have a full weekend pass to compete

Competition Desk Hours:

Friday:
2 pm to 9 pm

Saturday:
10 am to 3 pm (cut off for Nov. & Int. J&J at 1PM)

Sunday:
10 am to 1 pm

Jack & Jill

  • Newcomer Jack & Jill (Sponsored by the BC Swing Dance Club)
  • Novice Jack & Jill
  • Intermediate Jack & Jill
  • Advanced Jack & Jill*
  • All-Star Challenge (Jack & Jill)* – 1st Place will compete in the Invitational Jack & Jill
  • Invitational Jack & Jill
  • All AmeriCanadian Jack & Jill

*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.

Strictly Swing

  • Novice/Intermediate Strictly Swing
  • Advanced Strictly Swing
  • All Star/Champions Strictly Swing

All AmeriCanadian Jack and Jill

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.

Friday Night FUN Strictly — Star Wars Strictly!

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.

Workshops

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:

Couver Classes: Fundamentals of West Coast Swing

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.

Level 2 Social: Furthering your dance

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.

Level 2 Competition: Finding that inner spark

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!

Level 3: Kickin’ A** Eh’

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.

Level 4: Pushing your boundaries

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!

Audition information:

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.

Tickets

General Admission Prices

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!

Schedule

Thursday Night Dance

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+

Sunday Night

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!

Travel

From YVR Airport:


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From Bellingham:


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