About the Nanaimo West Coast Swing Collective

The Nanaimo West Coast Swing Collective provides and promotes opportunities for West Coast Swing dance in Nanaimo and surrounding areas. We are not a dance school or a business, we’re just people who enjoy this fun and interactive style of partner dancing.  We arrange weekly dance classes and practices, and monthly social dances with workshops on West Coast Swing.

The collective is managed by a small volunteer committee. We arrange weekly dance classes and practices, and monthly social dances with workshops on West Coast Swing. We also encourage visits to and from other West Coast Swing organizations in our general area.

Everyone is welcome at our dances and practices.  There’s no discrimination based on age, gender, race or size.  No partner required.

We usually have a fairly good balance of leads and follows, sometimes even extra leads – which is great!  The rules for lead and follow are not based on gender, but by choice.  Anyone can lead, anyone can follow and you can switch roles.

Instructors

Pamela Podmoroff

Pamela Podmoroff

Pamela Podmoroff began in ballet at the age of 2 1/2 and continued with jazz, contemporary and tap dance. Pamela’s long list of dance training includes many forms of social dancing as well as Ballroom/Latin teacher training. This dance path led to her passion for West...

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Kaitlyn Kraatz

Kaitlyn Kraatz

As an adult learner of dance, Kaitlyn believes technique can become a dancer’s freedom.  Kaitlyn’s career as a dance learner spans from New York to Tennessee to Montreal to Nanaimo; Kaitlyn facilitates dance learning from a drama-informed and anti-oppressive stance....

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Sara Raymond

Sara Raymond

Sara Raymond is a dance studio owner, choreographer, instructor and UCWDC Advanced Line Dance Competitor. She has been an instructor for 20 years, starting at just 18 years old through Parks and Rec in Nanaimo. From there Sara opened up a dance studio and has done...

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Dean Stroeder

Dean Stroeder

A.K.A. Dancing Dean, he has been a DJ and dance instructor for more than 25 years.Dean is professional, charismatic, energetic, friendly and well respected in the dance community. He has worked on cruise ships around the world and has appeared on Slice Entertainment,...

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