We all start somewhere.
My West Coast Swing journey, like so many others, has been influenced by hundreds of people in the WCS community.
Regular weekly classes, social dances, events, performances and our WCS relationships with other dancers take us on a personal journey of growth.
This is my journey in WCS. It’s a record for transparancy in the community more than anything else. But it’s also nice to look back and remind myself of the all the cool things that have happened since I discovered WCS.
Oct 6, 2020
Keen to learn more and get better at WCS, Amanda recommended I attend Magnetic Dance classes on Tuesday nights – mainly with the benefit of more social dancing to put into practise what I was learning.
Apr 8, 2021
First Private Lesson
I didn’t know it at the time, but my first private lesson with Amanda Nullmeyers was the beginning of a great working relationship. Amanda has been instrumental in my growth to this day.
Sep 18, 2021
First ProAm – Training Begins
One of my dance friends, Alan Moody, convinced me to do a ProAm with Kim from Magnetic Dance. We chose our song and began working on Choreo this day.
Sept 22, 2021
Nov 19, 2021
Performed my first ProAm with Kim – oh boy… the nerves! But it was awesome and the audience was so terrific – they cheered and clapped so loud it was difficult to hear the music! Kim was also 4 months pregnant and was a champion to continue to train and perform like she did.
2nd Novice J&J with Jane
2nd Novice Strictly with Courtney
Apr 25, 2022
Second ProAm – Training Begins
With Kim having her first child she was unable to train and perform a new routine. Amanda and I discussed the possibility and both agreed it would be cool to learn a choreo and we were fortunate to have the routine created by Jakub and Emeline.
Sep 22, 2022
Best of the Best
Performed our ‘Intrigued’ routine in my first and only ProAm competition, and won! The adrenaline was very real 🙂
1st in ProAm with Amanda
1st in Sophisticated J&J with Amanda
1st in Novice Strictly with Courtney
5th in Novice J&J with Alessandra
Nov 4, 2022
This was the first time I’d returned to an event. It’s so much better the second time! Getting to know the other dancers better and continuing to build relationships with them all is half the fun. Amanda and I got to perform our winning routine again and this time, it was flawless.
1st in Novice Strictly with Courtney
3rd in Masters J&J with Marsha
5th in Novice J&J with Janice
Apr 20, 2023
Asia Open 10th Anniversary
AOWCS was my first international event and it was a blast – plus I got to meet two of my favourite WCS Legends, Semion and Maria. My choice to go to AO was to meet Semion and Maria plus have private lessons with them. They also made time to review our ProAm (which they choreographed for us) which we were to perform in 3 weeks time. The final adjustments we made as a result of their input took it to the next level. They are two of the kindest people in the WCS community and amazing teachers.
May 12, 2023
Amanda and I performed a new ProAm routine ‘Sucker’. We only had one event to perform this routine as Amanda decided to take time off from events so she could travel the world with her fiancé. Fortunately we performed at our best and were really happy with the outcome. My focus at AO and Swingsation was all about this routine, so the competitions took a back seat.
9th in Intermediate Strictly with Courtney
Alt in Intermediate J&J
Oct 27, 2023
The decision to focus on competition and social dancing (little to no workshops) at this event gave me a very different experience. With no more routines to train, I spent 12 weeks focusing on getting ready for competitions… and it worked.
2nd in Intermediate J&J with David
1st in Masters J&J with Sharon