Fort Wayne West Coast Swing

Creating an inclusive community of West Coast Swing dancers for the Fort Wayne area.

Learn West Coast Swing

 

Learn West Coast Swing from local professionals to become a better swing dancer, no matter where you are in your Westie Journey.

 

Westie Nights

 

Each Westie Night has WCS Lesson and Practice Party to help you practice your new moves and techniques in a fun and encouraging environment!

 

Passionate Community

 

Be a part of an inclusive community that is passionate about West Coast Swing, making new friends, musical expression, and much more!

 

Musical Diversity

 

Learn to explore musicality and interpret modern and popular songs with West Coast Swing, from contemporary to blues and more!

 

Our Story

Fort Wayne West Coast Swing was created out of a love and passion for West Coast Swing and a longing to have a core community of “Westies” in and around Fort Wayne, IN.

Austin started the West Coast Swing club after attending his first West Coast Swing event, Indy Dance X, in 2016. He learned that many cities around the United States had some form of a West Coast Swing dance scene, but Fort Wayne, IN did not.

Through community outreach, volunteers, and many curious dancers, Fort Wayne West Coast Swing was born in early 2017.

At the start, the Anchor Room Dance Studio and the Fort Wayne Ballroom Company helped to spearhead the initial movement of Fort Wayne West Coast Swing as we tested the waters to see what level of interest there was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Organizers and Volunteers

Austin Pranger

Austin Pranger

Club Owner, Instructor

Having been dancing since 2015, Austin quickly discovered West Coast Swing and fell in love. After realizing that there was no core community of “Westies” near Fort Wayne like many other major cities around the US, he decided to take a step towards creating that community right here in Northern Indiana.

Melissa Culbertson

Melissa Culbertson

Swing Advisor, Instructor

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LuAnn Pemberton

LuAnn Pemberton

Volunteer, Greeter, and More!

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Liudmila Lebedz

Liudmila Lebedz

Photographer, Videographer, Volunteer

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Club Instructors & Special Guest Instructors

Melissa Culbertson

Melissa Culbertson

Fort Wayne, IN

Professional Instructor

Austin Pranger

Austin Pranger

Fort Wayne, IN

Beginner Instructor

GoDance Studio

GoDance Studio

Goshen, IN

Lamarr Williford
Stephanie Honderich
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David Fennig

David Fennig

Portland, IN + Muncie, IN

Professional Instructor

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Our Community Supporters

Melissa Culbertson

Melissa Culbertson

Club Advisor & Instructor

Melissa Culbertson has been an instrumental part of the Fort Wayne West Coast Swing club’s development. Since the club’s earliest days, she has been supportive, providing knowledge about West Coast Swing, advice about club development, and countless resources (like the Anchor Room) towards the success of our community.

She has been teaching West Coast Swing for over x years, and runs an annual, premiere dance event in Indianapolis called Indy Dance X. This event features WCS, Country, Line Dance, Ballroom, and Salsa workshops, various competitions, and hours-upon-hours of late night dancing.

Christopher Spalding

Christopher Spalding

Club Advisor & Instructor

Christopher Spalding is a part of the earliest adopters of the West Coast Swing club in Fort Wayne. Chris has always been a supporter of a Fort Wayne WCS club, has provided countless club and business advice towards the creation and success of the club, in addition to putting forward resources towards the club’s events, like the FWBC’s studio, instruction, and more.

Chris and his studio enables the Fort Wayne West Coast Swing club to be a multi-venue club, giving our community much greater flexibility in our events and activities.

Our Club Venues

 

The Anchor Room Dance Studio

The Anchor Room Dance Studio

Ballroom & Studio

The Anchor Room is a studio ballroom in Ossian, IN, about 20 minutes south of Fort Wayne. This venue has a large dance floor, plenty of seating and tables to socialize (or dine) at. The Anchor Room is utilized by many dance clubs, making it a hotspot for many different dances throughout the year and each month.
The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company

The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company

Ballroom & Studio

The Fort Wayne Ballroom Company is another venue that the FWWCS utilizes on a regular basis. Now with two ballrooms, FWBC hosts regular weekly events, which usually includes WCS & country music in the second ballroom. FWBC is staffed by a friendly team, headed by Christopher Spalding and Kelly Bartlett.
West Coast Swing is a style of swing partner dancing that is danced to a wide variety of musical styles. From modern/contemporary music (on the radio and in clubs) to blues to R&B, and more, West Coast Swing focuses on musicality and interpreting the music (known as improvisation or “playing”) within the dance. West Coast Swing consists of primarily 6 and 8 count patterns, where nearly every pattern can be creatively modified on the fly by +/- 2 beats. Many West Coast Swing dancers (Westies) love this type of swing dance because of its musicality and the opportunity for both the leader and the follower to interpret the music and “play” within the music. If you like the idea of an interactive and engaging dance that allows you and your partner to express yourself musically, you’ll love West Coast Swing!