Dance Links

West Coast Swing Dance Organizations

Skippy Blair's Swing World Includes:

World Swing Dance Council
National Association of Swing Dance Events

Swing Dance Events

SwingDiego San Diego's Premier West Coast Swing Dance Convention. Held each January.
U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships
Dallas Dance (Labor Day weekend)

In Western US

Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club 
Seattle Swing Dance Club 
Strictly Swing New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club (San Francisco Bay Area) 
West Coast Swing Dance Club (Whittier, CA)


West Coast Swing  "22 Fundamental Patterns" by Skippy Blair: A list of the fundamental patterns and techniques in West Coast Swing that forms a syllabus for learning West Coast Swing. This is what Mary's teaching is based on.

Got That Swing! (PDF) An article on technique by Mary Manzella 

Information Sources (North County and San Diego)

San Diego Swings

History of Swing Dancing

Historic photographs of swing-era dancers and musicians

History of Swing

West Coast Swing History

Note: Mary Manzella has known or has met and can tell you about many of the people discussed in these articles as being influential in the development of swing dancing. Mary met and can tell you about Dean Collins and Lauré Haile. Skippy Blair, who has been the single greatest influence on west coast swing from the 1950s through the advent of funky west coast swing, is Mary's current dance mentor.