Beginners--this is for you!

The Beginner Track at Michigan Classic offers two 1-hour workshops in West Coast Swing taught by Chris and Melissa Moy, who are known for their entertaining style and emotionally captivating musicality. Chris and Melissa Moy are premier West Coast Swing Dance Instructors in the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit area for over 10 years.

Are you itching to tap your toes and find your inner dancer? Look no further! The West Coast Swing Beginner Track is specially designed to guide you through the basics of this smooth and playful style. For experienced West Coast Swing dancers, this is a great opportunity to brush up on your basics, or try the opposite role!

We’ll start with the essential concepts and steps broken down into bite-sized chunks with clear instructions and catchy rhythms. You’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll master the six and eight-count patterns and feel the connection with your partner. This track takes your dancing journey at a comfortable pace, giving you time to absorb each step and build confidence.

West Coast Swing isn’t just about memorizing moves, it’s about connecting with the music and your partner. This track helps you discover the playful spirit of the dance, encouraging you to express yourself and have a blast along the way.

General Notes:

West Coast Swing is a versatile and evolving partner dance that originated from Lindy Hop in the mid-20th century. Known for its adaptability to various styles of music, West Coast Swing is characterized by its smooth, elastic connection between partners and a unique emphasis on improvisation and musical interpretation.

∙ FREE to first time dancers.
∙ Designed to be drop-in friendly with progressive elements
∙ Preparatory exercises are the same for each session (Rhythm/Connection)
∙ Builds to following sequence: Left Side, Right Side (Under Arm Turn), Push Break, Whip
∙ FREE Social Dancing in the second ballroom immediately following the lesson until 10pm
∙ Discounted Late Night Dance Passes will be offered for $25 to continue dancing into the early hours of the morning


Friday, May 31, 2024.
Workshop: 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Saturday, June 1, 2024.
Workshop: 6:00pm – 7:00pm.

Social dancing in the second ballroom until 10pm, Fri & Sat.

We encourage:
Comfortable clothes
Dance shoes (e.g. leather-soles or “Toms”)

Mark Your Calendar!

MAY 2 – JUNE 1, 2025