West Coast Swing is

more than a pattern,

it’s a conversation!

Join us and learn!
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Small class sizes...

Specialty classes...

Advance your dance!

Multiple workshop levels

Placement is based

on individual skill set.

Limited number of passes

Register early

to reserve your spot!

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West Coast Swing is

more than a pattern,

it’s a conversation!

Join us and learn!
Learn More!

Why Sweet Side of Swing?

Instruction for Leaders & Followers

Leaders: Be the west coast swing leader that followers dream about. At Sweet Side of Swing learn skills and techniques how to lead clearly, respond to your follower's ideas, inspire your partner's creativity, and connect to the music through the dance.

Followers: With classes guided from a follower's perspective, you will acquire knowledge about the conversation of west coast swing, how to express your voice in the dance, and be the follower that leaders swoon after.

Sweet Side of Swing was first held January 2011 in Atlanta, GA

2017 Atlanta Workshop Levels

  • Social Track
  • This track is designed for dancers that know west coast swing and want improve their social dance skills.
  • Competitors Track: Novice-Intermediate
  • For experienced competitive social dancers that have Novice or Intermediate WSDC points, but less than 15 Intermediate WSDC points cumulatively.
  • This track is for competitive social dancers with less than 15 intermediate WSDC points.
  • Competitors Track: Intermediate-Advanced Track
  • This track is for competitive social dancers with at least 15 intermediate WSDC points.

2018 Atlanta Invited Instructor Team

Instructor

Instructor

Instructor

Instructor

2018  Atlanta Mentee Team

Mentee

To be annonuced

Mentee

To be announced

Mentee

To be annonuced

2018 Atlanta Invited DJ Team

Ruby Lair

To be announced

Event Schedule

  • Opening Workshop and Dance
  • Location and Time TBD
  • 11:30 am: Registration opens
  • 12:30 pm: Core Concepts - Class 1
  • Register early and avoid the lines
  • 1:45 pm: Core Concepts - Class 2
  • Register early and avoid the lines
  • 3:30 pm: Core Concepts - Class 3
  • Register early and avoid the lines
  • 4:45 pm: Sweet Side (followers) and Spicy Side (leaders) Classes
  • Leaders and Followers will learn separately and then join forces to apply the material
  • 8:30 pm: Open Dancing
  • Dance with our Sweet DJs!
  • 10:00 am: Registration opens
  • 10:30 am: Leveled Classes
  • Social Track - Class 1
  • Nov/Int Competitors Track - Class 1
  • 11:45 am: Leveled Classes
  • Nov/Int Competitors Track - Class 2
  • Int/Adv Competitors Track - Class 1
  • 1:00 pm: Leveled Classes
  • Social Track - Class 2
  • Int/Adv Competitors Track - Class 2
  • 2:15 pm: Leveled Classes
  • Social Track - Class 3
  • Nov/Int Competitors Track - Class 3
  • 3:30 pm: Leveled Classes
  • Int/Adv Competitors Track - Class 2
  • 4:45 pm: Sweet Side (followers) and Spicy Side (leaders) Classes
  • Leaders and Followers will learn separately and then join forces to apply the material
  • 8:30 pm: Open Dancing
  • Dance with our Sweet DJs
  • 10:00 am: Registration opens
  • 10:30 am: Leveled Classes
  • Social Track - Class 4
  • Nov/Int Competitors Track - Class 4
  • 11:45 am: Leveled Classes
  • Nov/Int Competitors Track - Class 5
  • Int/Adv Competitors Track - Class 4
  • 1:00 pm: Leveled Classes
  • Social Track - Class 5
  • Int/Adv Competitors Track - Class 5
  • 2:30 pm: Shared Educational Experience
  • All Levels
  • Will last until 4:30 pm
  • 5:00 pm: Class Dismissed

Event Hotel

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel

3405 Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
  • Reservation link will be available late 2017
  • Hotel Rates
  • $TBD per night for up to 1-4 people
  • $TBD per night for up to 1-4 people which includes parking for one car
  • Required: add taxes and $5 per night GA tourism fee
Take public transit from the Airport to the Event hotel for $2.50
See the Google transit map here

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I attend Sweet Side of Swing?
  • All of our instructors are known for being fun and approachable and our DJs are some of the best! You will be able to apply the knowledge you gain immediately in your dance. Don't miss out on this fun, unique event! 
    Tell your friends about this amazing event. Don't wait to hear stories about it!
  • I am a leader, what will I learn at Sweet Side of Swing?
  • Our instructors will teach you to be the leader the followers dream about, one that leads clearly, listens to their follower, and expresses the music through the dance. Leaders will learn leading technique, body positioning, movement, and moves throughout the weekend.
  • I am a follower, what will I learn at Sweet Side of Swing?
  • With classes tailored for you, you will grow in your understanding of the conversation of west coast swing, how to express your voice in the dance, and how to be the follower that leaders swoon after!
  • What is the class format for Sweet Side of Swing?
  • Followers and Leaders will take classes together. The instruction will focus on followers and leaders simultaneously.
  • Why are there different levels of classes?
  • Everyone's west coast swing skill set is different. Since we are all at different levels, we believe that it is important to have classes that cater to you and your skill set.
  • Is there a level for those brand new to west coast swing?
  • No. Attendees should have a good grasp of the core movements of west coast swing.
  • What is the difference between the levels?
  • There is no beginner track.
  • The Social Track Level is designed for experienced social dancers that have a good grasp of 6 and 8 count west coast swing movements.
  • The WSDC Novice/Intermediate Track Level is designed for experienced competitive social dancers that have a accumulated Novice or Intermediate WSDC points, but less than 15 Intermediate WSDC points cumulatively.
  • The WSDC Intermediate Track Level is designed for experienced competitive social dancers that have a accumulated at least 15 Intermediate WSDC points.
  • The WSDC All-Star Pass is designed for those dancers that have WSDC All-Star points. You are allowed to participate and audit any and all classes. You are expected to dance socially with all level dancers and be a pod leader in the Shared Education Experience Sunday afternoon.
  • Can I register by myself?
  • Yes, we are selling individual leader and follower passes.
  • Why must I register by January 22, 2017?
  • Running a dance event is a complex business. As such, we have certain time frames in contracts and financing that are tied to that date.
  • Will my money really be refunded if 200 tickets are not sold by January 22, 2017?
  • Yes, 100% of your money will be refunded.
  • What is your refund policy after January 22, 2017?
  • After January 22, 2017, provided 200 tickets have been sold, the event has a no refund policy. You may sell/transfer your ticket to another as you so chose. The ticket will have no value after March 12, 2017.
  • Sweet Side of Swing Charities
  • Sweet Side of Swing was developed with the idea that dance is a partnership in which we work together to create something greater than ourselves. With that in mind, we are dedicating part of Sweet Side of Swing to raising money for charities benefitting the local community. 100% of the proceeds from fundraising activities over the weekend will be donated to local charities. To date, Sweet Side of Swing has donated over $6,000 to charity.
  • Our charitable sponsors:
  • Donate something and your name and event will be here!

2014 Workshop - 300 Level

2014 Workshop - 200 Level

The Origin of Sweet Side of Swing Sweet Side of Swing was developed with the intent of providing an opportunity for leaders and followers to explore the conversation of our dance, west coast swing. Through our experiences with dancing west coast swing, we understand that west coast swing is more than a pattern, the dance continually develops with both the leader and follower communicating equally throughout the dance.

Sweet Side of Swing has been organized to provide leaders with an opportunity to learn how to communicate clearly with the follower. This communication includes "speaking to" and "listening to" the follower. This includes learning good technique, connection, and how to be responsive to the follower. Developing a leader's ability to recognize what a follower is bringing to the dance and developing a leader's capacity to allow a follower to express their creative skills will provide that leader with a unique ability to share an amazing dance every time that leader steps onto the dance floor.

Sweet Side of Swing provides followers an experience where they can learn to integrate their own unique style and artestry into the music and the moments that are shared with their partner. Followers will be taught how to initiate, respond, and create within our dance. Followers will be given the opportunity to express their passion for west coast swing and bring out the fire of that Southern Belle that lies within.

Sweet Side of Swing's goal is to build each other up through our shared passion of west coast swing.

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