At Central Coast Living we are always surprised by the interesting facts we uncover. Did you know that California has an official state dance? We didn’t either, but it does and it’s the aptly named West Coast Swing! It comes as no surprise, then that Monterey holds its very own festival celebrating California’s favorite dance.
Join the fun January 16-20, 2014 for an entire week of swing dancing at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel just minutes from the Portola Hotel & Spa, for the 21st Annual Monterey Swingfest. Whether you’re a pro looking to compete or a beginner eager to learn, the Monterey Swingfest promises to be a good time for one and all.
Learn from the best, including intensive workshops with the likes of Sarah Vann Drake, Torri Smith and none other than West Coast Swing legend Skippy Blair. Swingfest offers classes for every level, from beginning to advanced, and with activities planned on most days from 10am until the wee hours of the morning, you’re sure to wear out your dancing shoes.
Featuring two types of dance competitions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, show off your skills, or merely be a spectator. Hope for the partner of your dreams to help you dance your way to the winner’s circle in the Jack & Jill contest or bring along your better half and sign up as a dynamic duo for the Strictly Swing contest. Competition not quite your speed, then Monterey Swingfest has something for everyone, including open dance sessions for early birds starting at noon and then throughout the day so you can literally dance the whole day…and night away!
It’s bound to be a weekend of toe tapping competition and thrilling entertainment, so put on your dancing shoes and let the fun begin!