Mr. Jonathan Enters Local Fundraiser “Dancing With the Teachers”

Mr. Jonathan Takes First Place

Mr. Jonathan was asked to choreograph a 2.5 minute routine with one of the teachers at a local middle school for one of their annual fundraisers. Thanks to the hard work from his partner Megan and some fun choreography, they managed to take first place!

Mr. Jonathan’s Favorite Charity

YouthStorm, Inc., founded in 2000 as a nonprofit organization for leadership development in youth services, has a rich history of partnering with parents, schools, churches, communities, and non-profit organizations to more effectively reach and support young people and their families. This has been accomplished through a wide array of activities and programs including conferences, camps, special events, training seminars, community service initiatives, internships and mentoring. Our vision is to unite, equip, and mobilize young people to understand their identities, to effectively fulfill their purposes, and to authentically impact their communities and world.

 

Learning How to WCS: Basic and Intermediate Tuck Turns

Tuck Turns

Here are 3 ways to perform Tuck Turns in WCS. The final way is a fun way to also transition into a whip.

 

What is a Tuck Turn?

A tuck turn is a 6 count basic beginning as a led inside turn or roll where the leader interrupts the follower’s rotation on 3. He changes her direction to an outside rotation beginning on the “&” count. By count 4 she is walking out of the pattern to her right and riding the leader’s connection all the way to the end of the slot.

The Lead hand on nearly all patterns in WCS is determined by which of the leader’s hands is the lowest or the closest to the center of the follower. As you can clearly see in the open tuck variation, the leader only needs the hand on the follower’s back (closest to her center). In the standard tuck the lead hand is the right hand which is the lowest in the pattern.

Where to Find Teaching Tuck Turns Mr. Jonathan

You can start Learning Tuck Turns and all other WCS patterns with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.

For more videos by Mr. Jonathan visit HERE

Learning How to WCS: Fun Whip Exits and Variations

Looking for Fun Whip Exits?

Look no further than this video with 2 fun whip exits and variations

 

Where to Find Mr. Jonathan

You can start Learning more fun whip exits and variations with me at Longfellow’s Club JoEllen every Sunday night from 6-6:45 Two-Step and West Coast Swing 6:45-7:30. On the Second Sunday of the month I am also the DJ. The club is located at 524 Boston Post Rd Wayland, Ma. Its $15 to attend the lessons, the dance, or both.

For more videos by Mr. Jonathan visit HERE

 

Learning How To WCS: Tornado Whip and Slot Bender

Time to Start Learning WCS patterns to up your pattern count?  Both of these patterns are accomplished by leading with your hips, not your hands.

Learning WCS: The Tornado Whip

The Tornado whip starts like any other whip until count 5. At this point The follower’s right hand is passed behind her back. The pass is from the leader’s left hand to his right. Then the follower is encouraged to turn in the direction of the passed hand. When the elbow of the follower’s right arm passes the leader’s forehead,  he slips that arm behind his neck as he rotates the partnership to the right.

West Coast Swing connection is usually back and forth up and down the slot. The exception to the rule is when both partners are rotating with their connection. Here both partners are rotating the partnership so the connection is centrifugal. The rotation of this whip goes a full 720º consequently the count must be extended out to 12. We end in a right to right or “handshake” connection. Continue reading “Learning How To WCS: Tornado Whip and Slot Bender”