Dance Studios

Each of the dance studios regularly teaching West Coast Swing in the Vancouver area is listed here with some information about the studio to help you get there. Either click on the name of the studio, or scroll down the page to find the information you would like.

Dance Studio Greater Vancouver Community
Dance Town Oakridge
Michael and Amy WCS Burnaby
UBC Swing Kids UBC Campus
Urban Beat Downtown
Baza Dance Downtown
SwingLab Downtown



Dance Town

Where:
Peretz Center, 6184 Ash Street, Vancouver
Phone:
604.437.9464
Website:
dance-town.com
Notes:

This studio is run by Maggie Bretton who is well known in Swing circles as she has a long association with West Coast Swing. Her studio teaches mostly latin styles of dance but is currently offering a basic course in West Coast Swing, and a "Continuation" course.

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UBC Swing Kids

Where:
Student Union Building, Party Room, UBC Campus, Vancouver
Website:
UBC Swing Kids
Notes:

Swing Kids is a campus social dance club who’s primary focus is Swing dancing which includes Lindy Hop, the dance that West Coast Swing originated from. They also offer Beginner and Intermediate West Coast Swing classes for beginners and more experienced students respectively on Wednesday evenings. Their classes are taught by Shannon and Zolton who have earned a reputation for starting students out right. You'll find them on the UBC campus but you don't have to be a student to partake. All ages are welcome though the majority are students.

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Michael and Amy WCS

Where:
Dance Express Studio – 4247 Lougheed Highway Burnaby
Phone:
604.880.2302
Website:
michaelandamywcs.com
Notes:

Michael and Amy Shibaski run this studio and also teach in downtown Vancouver for the D2 Dance Studio. They’ve been teaching in Burnaby since 2010 and dancing and competing for a lot longer. They've taught many workshops for us and the feedback has been very good. You’ll find their classes fun and informative.

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Urban Beat Dance Company

Where:
927 Granville Street, Vancouver (Up one flight of stairs and turn right, then left)
Phone:
604.299.2199
Website:
urbanbeatdanceco.com
Notes:

Urban Beat is run by Graeme Oxendale and his wife, Elizabeth Hudgins. They teach other styles of dance besides West Coast Swing which for some reason, they also refer to as Funky Swing so don’t be confused. They’ve been teaching in Vancouver since 1999 and do a tremendous job of introducing West Coast Swing to new dancers in the city. You’ll find their instructors both excellent and entertaining. Their West Coast Swing classes are usually taught by Graeme Oxendale or occasionally by Elizabeth Hudgins who also teaches Tango.

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Baza Dance Studios

Where:
1304 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone:
778.379.2292
Website:
bazadance.com
Notes:

This studio teaches a wide variety of partner dances as well as hip-hop. They've recently enticed Pamela Podmoroff to join them after teaching for Urban Beat for a great many years, 14, I believe. Pamela is also a competitive dancer who dances in the Allstar division so she does know a thing, or two, about West Coast Swing! I can personally vouch for her ability to teach you to dance and have a lot of fun doing it!

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SwingLab

Where:
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver
Phone:
778.869.7586
Website:
SwingLab
Notes:

SwingLab is the newest game in town run primarily by Alpha Vo that started up in Sept, 2017 Their classes are run out of the Roundhouse Community Centre and currently have 3 classes, one for new dancers, another for more advanced and competitive dancers, and a conditioning class open for all. The advanced class is usually taught by Myles Munroe, Tessa Cunningham-Monroe, and Alpha Vo. The other classes are taught by one of one of them and one of the student instructors from the advanced class. More specifics are available on their website.

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