West Coast Swing

The Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District will offer beginning classes in “West Coast Swing” starting Thursday, March 5, at the Veteran’s Building in downtown Livermore.

Taught by Joallyn Bohn, a professional ballroom and social dance instructor, the classes will run for four consecutive Thursdays. The cost is $48 for Livermore residents; $53 for nonresidents.

Bohn describes West Coast Swing as, "The official state dance of California. A jazzy, bluesy, swing that is danced to slower tempo swing music, in a slot type of configuration. Loads of fun!”

Bohn teaches two classes each Thursday, a beginning class at 7:15 p.m., and a Level 2 class at 8:15 p.m. Those who wish to further develop their dance skills may take the Level 2 West Coast Swing classes for four weeks in April.

The Level 2 classes are always a continuation of the prior month’s beginner classes. In April, Bohn will also teach beginning foxtrot.

To register for the beginner West Coast Swing classes, call LARPD at (925) 373-5700 and ask for the Class 5100.103, or go to www.LARPD.org. Partners are recommended, but not required. Smooth soled shoes vs rubber soled shoes are recommended.