With opening two new dance classes in 2018, we hear a lot of assumptions being made by people reacting and not thinking things through.
Opening new clubs takes a lot of time behind the scenes, an increase in costs, commitment and a LOT of determination! We are lucky to have members who contribute and help by donating time and experience. This is the main reason we are lucky enough to have three classes a week running now.
The teachers invest a lot of time and money to get to a level to teach, they are coming back and sharing their knowledge old and new with us.
DJ’s have to pay for music through legitimate sources to be covered by PRS & PPL licensing so cannot expect them to come and play for free.
Running a class night when you have your Teachers, DJs, rent, licenses and insurance to pay, is not for the faint heartened. However, at WestCo’s we believe for this community to continue to grow, we need to get more people interested in learning it and that means getting it out into more local areas.
WestCo’s Swing – The Original Club in Petts Wood, has an incredible teaching team with regular guest teachers ensuring our new members, get to know the people involved in our dance scene and feel comfortable visiting other providers. Our aim is to bring more people into this dance we love so much and make it more accessible.
Our Petts Wood club has 3 classes to cater for the wide range of dancers we have attending, Beginners start at 7.30 pm with Beginner/ Improvers at 8.15pm and our Progressive class for our more experienced dancers starts at 9.30pm. We have taken on this format to enable us to focus attention equally on our Beginners and our more experienced dancers.
Our Leatherhead & Kent clubs are much newer and are more geared up to Beginner/ Improver level. We will be adjusting the class content as we go along to meet the needs of our students as they improve. We are enjoying rolling our structured learning programmes out to new to WCS dancers at all our venues. We are noticing differences already and are confident we are going to see many more of our students gain the confidence to start exploring the wider WCS world very soon.
The main drawback to further growth is the lack of teachers. We have requests from many areas around the country but do not have the teachers YET to be able to furnish this demand. We are in the process of arranging regular workshops in areas which have no classes in the SE to start in 2019, as well as trying to recruit more people interested in becoming teachers.
Exciting times ahead…for us all!