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West Coast Swing - Hollywood and Vine This is PAGE TWO
of our West Coast Swing Dance History Page || To return to "Page One" [ CLICK HERE ]
 

Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

Southern California (mid 1940's) 1950s NONE Swing
 

Various Swing Sheet Music Covers

(example) WCS Music Titles

West Coast Swing (c/w) ... See our Main WCS Music List
Sophisticated Swing Open a short preview of song mp3:  Ain't No Sunshine: Light House (slow-Smooth Groove)
Teen Age Swing Open a short preview of song mp3: Apple Bottom Jeans (aka "Low") (Rap WCS)
Swing Dance Posters, Lobby Card Etc. mp3: Brick House: Commodores (Funky)
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958) Open a short preview of song mp3: Bust Your Windows: Jazzmine Sullivan (Contemporary)
Black Thunder Swing mp3: Danny's All Star Joint: Ricky Lee Jones (Classic Boogie)
Cabin in the Sky (Swing Movie) Open a short preview of song mp3: Fire Burning (Call 911) (R&B WCS)
Chick Webb and Ella Savoy (Swing) mp3: Green Onions: Booker T. (Classic WCS)
Daddy-O (Swing Movie) mp3: Honky Tonk: Bill Doggett (Classic WCS)
Groovie Movie (Swing Movie) mp3: How Long Can A Fool Go On: James Cotton (Classic-blues)
Hellzapoppin' (Swing Movie Poster) 2 Open a short preview of song mp3: I Know You Want Me : Pitbull (Latin WCS)
HI-DE-HO(Cab Calloway) Open a short preview of song mp3: I'm Outta Love: Anastacia (Crossover)
Hot Mikado (Swing Play) mp3: Kansas City: Wilbert Harrison (Classic WCS)
Juke Girl (Swing Movie) Open a short preview of song mp3: Le Ballet: Celine Dion (Smooth Groove)
Keep Punchin' (Swing Movie) Open a short preview of song mp3: More Bounce: (Contemporary)
Micheux Swing (Swing Art Print) Open a short preview of song mp3: Poker Face: Lady Gaga (Pop, Contemporary)
Prisoner Of Swing (Swing Movie) mp3: She-Wolf: Shakira (Latin)
Private Buckeroo (Swing Movie) mp3: Strokin': Clarence Carter (Classic-Blues)
Rock, Rock, Rock (ECS Swing Movie) mp3: Super Freak: Rick James (Funky WCS)
Shag The Movie (Shag Dance) mp3: The Blues is Alright: Little Milton (Classic-Blues)
Stormy Weather (Bojangles, Horne)   Note: These songs are just to show the degrees of variation
of music that may/are used at a WCS swing dance. (These are
/ or have been played vastly from time to time, plus others.
)
The Girl Can't Help It (Swing Movie)  
 
  ... See our Main WCS Music List
 Note: Kansas City, Green Onions and Honky-Tonk are the official theme songs for West Coast Swing.

Stage, Ballets, etc.

Locations

Swing! (1999) Disneyland Hotel (CA)
Swing Dance America (2000) Harvest Moon Ball
Swango (2003) Los Angeles
  Sacramento
  San Diego
  San Francisco
  Texas
   
 

Theaters

  Paramount Theatre (NY & LA)
   
   
 

National Television Programs (that featured West Coast Swing)

the Ed Sullivan Show
Lawrence Welk Show (1970s) (Bobby Burgess)
American Bandstand (1970s)
Dance Fever (1980s Various dates and competitors)
Dance Party (1983 filmed at Bobby McGees)
Eye on L.A. (1982?, 1987?) ~ (Two seperate Shows)
Two On The Town (1983 - Filmed at Tahitian Village)
Two On The Town (1988) ~ (Sonny Watson and Mary Ann Nunez, Tracy Roberts, Jim Fisk, Leba Shana. filmed at Larry Parkers)
TNN Country Station (various 1990s)
E Entertainment - Worlds Coolest Clubs (1996) ~ (Sonny and Deanna, Doug Endo)
Fillmore: (Animated) "Immune to All But Justice episode"
30 Seconds To Fame (2003) ~ (Jordan and Taianna)
Star Search (2004) ~ (Jordan and Taianna)
Good Morning America (2005) ~ (Jordan and Taianna, Kyle and Sarah)
ABC's "Rockin' New Years" (2006) ~ (Phil, Kyle and Sarah, Tatianna Mollmann, Mark Scheuffle)
So You Think You Can Dance (2006) ~ (Buddy, Benji, Heidi, Torrie, Ivan, Allison)
 

Historic Night Clubs / Ballrooms

Avenue Ballroom (San Francisco)
Beardsley's - (San Francisco, CA)
Belly Up - (San Diego, CA)
Budah - (No. Hollywood, CA.)
Crest Lounge - (Reseda, CA.)
Cross Bow - (Van Nuys, CA.)
Georges Round Up - (Long Beach, Ca)
Golden West* - (Norwalk, CA.)
Hank and Stans* - (Downey, CA?)
Hillside - (Long Beach, CA)
Ivanhoe* - (Temple City, CA.)
Lion D'Or* - (Downey, CA.)
Little Hobit - (No. Hollywood, CA.)
Meadowlark Country Club (Long Beach)
Palomar Ballroom* - (Los Angeles)
Prelude - (No. Hollywood)
Press Box - (Westminster, CA.)
Rag Doll* - (No. Hollywood)
Round Robin - (Forge) (Glendale)
Savoy Ballroom - (New York)
Staircase* -(Downey, CA.)
Swing Club - (Studio City, CA. 1970s)
Top Of The West* - (San Francisco)
Water Wheel - (West Covina)

Swing Dance Films with WCS

video clips DVD VHS Download
- Attack of the 50 ft. Woman (1958 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS Download
- Always a Bridesmaid Clip not available at this time X VHS X
- Benny Goodman Story (1955 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- Canterville Ghost (1944 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- Carnival Rock (1957 Brady WCS] Clip not available at this time X VHS X
- Chool Song (Short - Collins, McGowen WCS)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
X X X
- Daddy-O (1958, Giles WCS) Clip not available at this time X VHS X
- Don't Knock The Rock (1956 WCS] (clip)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
DVD    
?? Four Jill's and a Jeep (1944 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- Get Yourself a College Girl (1964 WCS) Clip not available at this time X X X
- Glen Gray Orchestra
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
X X X
- Groovie Movie (1944 Walsh, Veloz WCS)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
X X X
- Hellzapoppin'(1941 Lindy and Collins WCS)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
DVD VHS X
- $ Horn Blows at Midnight (1945, Veloz, WCS) Clip not available at this time X VHS X
- Juinor Prom
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
X X  
- $ Limit Up! (1989 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- $ Living It Up! (1954 Collins, Carey WCS)
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
DVD ??? X
- $ Love N' Dancing (2009 WCS) |BlueRay .
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
DVD PAL Download
- Polar Express (2004 Frisbee, Mollmann WCS) BluRay Clip not available at this time DVD VHS Download
- Powers Girl
Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window.
X X X
- Rock Around The Clock (1956 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD X X
- $ Stage Door Canteen (1943 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS Download
- $ Teenage Confidential (195? ECS/WCS Hybrid) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- $ The Apartment (1960 WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS BlueRay
- The Girl Can't Help It (1956 Brady WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD VHS X
- Untamed Youth (1957 Wyckoff WCS) Clip not available at this time DVD X X
- $ Younger and Younger (1993 WCS Ramsey) Clip not available at this time PAL VHS X
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Other Swing and Related Dances...

Balboa Flying Lindy(WCS & ECS) Savoy Style
Big Apple / Little Apple Hollywood Style Shag(Carolina)
Bop Hustle Smooth Lindy
Boogie Woogie(Original & European) Jazz Sophisticated Swing
Breakaway Jitterbug St. Louis Shag
Bugg, the Jive Supreme Swing (Oklahoma)
Carolina Shag Latin Suzy Q
Ceroc/Leroc Lindy Hop Swag (WCS & Carolina Shag Mix)
Cha Cha Mambo Swango (WCS & Tango Mix)
Champion Strut Mooch and Sugar Swop (WCS & Hip Hop Mix by Outkast)
Charleston New Yorker Swustle (WCS & Hustle Mix)
Country Swing Night Club 2 Step Tap Dance
Cowboy Swing Pony Swing Texas Tommy
Double Shuffle Speed Swing (Dbl Rhythm WCS) Push Truckin'
Dirty Dance Rock and Roll Western Swing
East Coast Swing Rodeo Swing/ Aggie Whip (TX)
 

WCS Legends and Greats, [ ] = Denotes known for this rather than dancing

Publications

Al White (d) Jewel Mcgowen (d) 5-6-7-8 Magazine
Alice "Scotty" Scott Jimmy Bontemple [dancer/Teacher] Dance Action Magazine
Anita Deaton Keldee Bjerknees Dancer's Guide Magazine (1980's)
Annie Hirsch Kenny Wetzel (d) In The Swing Magazine
Arthur "Slippery" Walsh Lance Shermoen Jitterbug Magazine (Original Version)
Bart Bartolo Lenny Smith  
Bill Joslin [dancer/Teacher] Lou Southern  
Buddy Schwimmer Lowell Gosser  
Carlito Rofoli Lynn Vogen (d)  
*Craig Hutchinson (d) Mary Manzella  
Dean Collins (d) Mousie  
Diana Higashi Nancy Beth-Orr [dancer/Teacher]  
Don & Rosalie Dressler Pat Eggars  
Ed Cirio [Promoter/Judge/Historian] Patricia Michaels  
Frank Mannion Phil Trau  
Fred Tretta (Teacher) Ray Fox (d)  
Freda ANGELA Wyckoff Robert Bryant  
George Christopherson Robert Cordoba  
Gil & Nikki Brady Ron Andrews  
Heavy & Snowflake Shirley Fietsem  
Jack Carey Skippy Blair (Teacher)  
Jack Siegler Sonny Watson  
Jean Phelps-Veloz *Tom & Cher Peadon  
Jerry & Gloria Igo Tony and Natalie Espiranza  
Jerry Crim (d) Wayne Bott (d)  
     
... Above Lists is California based legends mainly
 

Today's Movers and Groovers... (*denotes Link to page)

Andrea Deaton (CO) *Jordan Frisbee (CA) Myles and Tessa Cunningham (CAN)
Angel Figueroa (TX) *Kelly Buckwalter(NOCAL) *Phil Adams (CA)
Arjay Centeno (NCAL) Ken Rosell (DC) Rachel Smith (CA)
Ben Morris (CA) *Kyle Redd (NOCA) *Robert Cordoba(MA)
Benji Schwimmer (CA) Laureen Baldovi (CA) Robert Royston(NY)
Beverly Durand (stage) Manny Viarrial (CO) Ronnie Debenedetta
Brandi Nortrup(CA) *Mario Robau Jr. (TX) *Sarah Vann-Drake (NOCAL)
Deanna Mollmann(CA) Mark Scheuffle(CA) Sherry Lawson (MO)
*Debbie Ramsey-Boz(NC) *Martin Parker (CA) *Sonny Watson(SOCAL)
*Deborah Szekely(FL) *Maryann Nunez(CA) Steve & Mechelle Giles (TX)
Eddie and Elise Valdez (NC) Maxence (FR) *Tatiana Mollmann(DC)
*Gary Jobst *Mechelle Kincaid(NOCA) *Terry Rippa(TX)
James Leyva (TX) Melissa Rutz (CA) Terry Roseborough (TX)
*Jennie Tucker (AZ) *Michael Kiehm (CA) Torri Smith (CA)
Jessica Cox (CA) *Mike & Amber Cross (AZ) *Sharlot Bott (CA)
 

Books, Newspaper, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Published

Publisher

Arthur Murray Dance Book Murray, Arthur 1954 n/a
Western Swing Ed Long and Trudy Schameron 10/1960 Dance Magazine
$ This is Ballroom Dance Lois and Virgil L. Morton Ellfeldt
1974 Mayfield Publishing
$ Disco to Tango and Back Blair, Skippy 1978 GSDTA
Swing Dancer Hutchinson, Craig 1988 n/a
 

Various Musicians / Bands

Various Singers

Artie Shaw ?J. Lawrence Cook? Dean Martin
Benny Goodman James Cotton Hank Williams
Buck Clayton Kid Ory Jackie Wilson
Cab Calloway Little Milton James Brown
Clarence Carter Powder Blues Kylie Minouque
Commodores Tommy Castro Lou Rawls
Fantastic Shakers Wilbert Harrison Madonna
Fats Waller   NSync
Gary Glitter   Rick James
Glen Miller   Susan Tedeschi
 

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

California State Dance Funky Swing Musicals U.S. Open
Classic Swing Modern Swing Slotted Swing WCS
Contemporary Swing swing dance Movies / Films Swing Dance Clubs Zoot Suit Riots
 

Offsite Links...

 

Other...

Basic Under Arm Pass Breakdown:
   Follower starts facing partner. Follower walks two steps (two beats) straight towards partner. Follower passes on leaders right side, under leaders left arm with followers Right arm going over head, follower turns half turn Counter-Clockwise on 3&4. French Cross means Left Foot (leg) crosses infront of other foot (Rt) while moving sideways on ct 3&.    Strictly done in a slot (rectangle.) Done to many styles and tempos of music from blues to modern contemporary.
Can be done slow or a fast pace. (Slow 90-110 bpm, generally from 110-136 bpm, Fast 144-168 bpm. Flying Lindy Speed 168-192)

1

2

3

&

4

5 & 6

6 Count
Walk Fwd. Walk Fwd. French - - Cross Step Anchor Step inplace Followers Part
Right Left Right Left Right Left Right Left Feet
Fwd Fwd Sideways Sideways Backwd Inplace Direction
 

1

2

3

&

4

5 &6

6 Count
Walk or Rock Step Tap and Step Anchor Step inplace Leaders Part
Left Right Left C. Pivot Left Right Left Right Feet
Back Cross to Left Inplace Inplace Side Inplace Direction

 

 

 

 

 

 


    Dance Instruction can become "extremely technical" in this form of Swing (example 3&a4 can be &a3-4.)
See: Full WCS Step Cheat Sheet (will not make much sense unless you are actually taking WCS lessons.)

Norma Miller's Swingin' at the Savoy  (Book)   How to do those 1940's Hairstyles  (Book)
$ Read about the Savoy Ballroom   $ 1940s Hairstyles
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