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After the Show it’s The After Party!

Thursday Nov 29th – December 2nd, 2018!

Hilton Irvine Orange County – 18800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612

1 week after The US Open Swing Dance Championships… in SoCal, where the world of West Coast Swing comes together!

Features:

  • Over 30 leveled WCS and Solo workshops (all included with your pass).
  • Free Beginner Class Thursday Night! No Weekend Pass Required!
  • Solo Series classes in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, and more!
  • “Hugo & Stacy Student of the Year Award” Free pass for 2 years to TAP! (See our “Things to Know @ TAP” page for more about this award!
  • The largest and most diverse group of International Instructors in the U.S.!
  • WSDC Registered Event! We spotlight in Intermediate & Up!
  • We believe we have the most incredible DJ panels to ever be assembled!
  • 1am #TapThat parties!  Fri & Sat nights at 1am we kick-off the late-night party with a special event!  Friday night: Live Music Acts! / Saturday night: “French Late Night” with Frances top DJ!
  • DJ Battle Champions/Allstar Strictly Swing Battle!
  • We try to help any attendees who stay in SoCal after The Open find hosted lodging.

Our Vibe

After the Show it’s The After Party!

“We ask that you come with love in your heart, dancing in your bones, and a smile on your face! Take care of each other… Be humble, learn, love, celebrate, and dance!” – From Chuck & Meech

A couple bullet points about TAP:

  • We are an all age event, although we ask that minors do not participate in social dancing after midnight.
  • Music at our event may contain explicit language. Please understand we are full hearted supporters of youth in dancing. As a matter of fact we’re extremely passionate about growing this dance in all age ranges!  Today’s music has become increasingly less censored. We encourage our DJs to express their individuality as much as our performers. Our belief that DJs are artists and really excel when they are allowed to be, dictates that we don’t

Our endeavor is to offer a focused, leveled, but loving learning environment by day and an epic one-of-a-king late night party vibe by night to create a true West Coast Swing Experience!

We strive to bring some of the best instructors to the U.S. from all over the world, whether it’s from down the street in O.C., Russia, Brazil, France, England, Singapore, or Australia. We would like our community to experience a diverse and unique fun-loving, relaxed, safe, community-focused, learning environment that includes leveled Solo Series classes and Westie Workshops!

Our instructors are directed to teach to a level, not to the least experienced or most experienced attendee in any particular class. Please understand we offer classes for EVERYONE!  We just need to find the level that challenges you and doesn’t potentially hinder the flow for the rest of the class.

Our SOLO track series are classes in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Burlesque, House, Ballet, etc.  We know that many of us as Westies do not get the opportunity to experience training as much as we should! Furthermore, going to classes at a Solo dance studio can be intimidating.  We try to facilitate classes that will challenge your body and mind, while creating a safe and loving space to do so! So come sweat, get your butt kicked, and love every minute of it!

At the core of what has made The After Party what it is today, is the dynamic we create with our Artists (Teachers, DJs, MCs, Judges, Musicians, Performers, etc).  We strive to provide our staff an end-of-the-year party, where they can let their hair down, be themselves, and have fun after the intensity that is The US Open! We do our best to make sure we have enough staff to alleviate a heavy schedule on any one person.  We do our best to make sure everyone’s schedules are put together with an extreme amount of consideration.  In doing so, we hope that EVERYONE at our event feels the love!

Come, learn, party, compete and dance your butt off!