MONTEREY SWINGFEST

January 14 - 18, 2016

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Immerse yourself in the swing-dancing lifestyle for five whole days with Monterey Swingfest at the Hyatt Regency Monterey! Learn from the best, with intensive classes from West Coast Swing pros like John Lindo, Jessica Cox and Michael Kielbasa. Show off your skills in the dance contests on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, and cut loose every day with open dance sessions. With programming on most days going from 10am until the wee hours of the morning, you're sure to wear out the soles on your dancing shoes!

Workshops

The majority of the workshops at Monterey Swingfest focus, fittingly, on the official state dance of California, West Coast Swing. There's a class for every level, from beginners to advanced. Dance professionals from the world of West Coast Swing will teach a number of sessions separately and together.

Contests

Monterey Swingfest has two types of contests: Strictly Swing and Jack & Jill. Mystified as to what these terms mean? A Jack & Jill contest pairs up a lead dancer and a follower selected randomly. These two dancers have likely never danced together before, and each must rise to the challenge of dancing with an unfamiliar partner while still showing off flair on the dance floor. At each heat, every dancer is matched up with a new partner. A Strictly Swing contest, on the other hand, features a couple that enters together and competes together through all the heats. However, no pre-defined choreography is allowed; the dancers must come up with all their moves on the fly.

Open Dancing

The fun doesn't end if you don't make it to the Champions round in the contests! Open dancing will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Early birds can enjoy open dancing at noon, while night owls can cut a rug until the wee hours of the morning.

How to Attend

Don't miss a minute! The cost for five packed days of workshops, dancing and contests is only $129 if you register online before December 30, and $149 after December 30 and at the door. Monterey Swingfest is held at the Hyatt Regency Monterey. Special hotel rates are available to Swingfest attendees.

Monterey Swingfest Hotels

Several hotels are conveniently located in Monterey and walking distance to the event including Swingfest's host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Monterey.

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