West Coast Swing looks smooth and beautiful, and you, too, can achieve that effect if you take some lessons. Private lessons with the highest talent you can afford are the best way to raise your dance and increase your fun.
Austin is damn lucky to have more than its fair share of incredible award-winning teachers in the greater metro area, and I encourage you to seek any of these following worthies out.
Angel & Debbie Figueroa: a powerful swing couple with multiple national awards. In addition to swing, you can contact either or both for instruction in a wide range of dance forms. Located in Austin, they teach locally and nationally. Visit them at www.AngelAndDebbie.com
Mario Robau: a living legend in swing, and the singular swing teacher most highly sought-after by other pro dancers. Located in Houston, but comes to Austin monthly to teach, or catch him on the international circuit. Visit him at www.MarioSwingDaddy.com
Gary McIntyre: with his top-level swing competition routines, it almost possible to forget Gary’s multi-year World Champion reign on the top of the Country-Western scene. Well, almost — until you see him in action. Visit him at www.Gary-Mcintyre.com
Taletha Jouzdani: smooth, slinky, and soooooo sexy, Taletha blends classic dance training with contemporary swing styling. Visit her at www.TalethaJ.com
Mike Topel: athletic, powerful, and playful, Mike also holds a martial arts black belt. So follow his lead, …or else. Mike teaches at Austin City Dance Club studio (see below). Visit him at www.MikeTopel.com
Richard Dugger & Sarah Berens: Yet another of Austin’s World Champion dancers, Richard & Sarah both teach at GoDance studios (see below).
Austin City Dance Club studio: has weekly group lessons as well as a WCS dance each Tuesday. Excellent dance floor. Discounted prices for studio members
GoDance studio: group and private lessons throughout the week, in a full-featured studio.