Albuquerque West Coast Swing Dancing

Let's Dance at RGDC

Mar 31, 2022

Hey! We’re cancelling out usual Thursday dance tonight and instead enjoying a leason with the incredible John Lindo at the Rio Grande Dance Classic.

Lesson starts at 6:30; social dancing following the lesson.

Workshops are Coming Back!

Feb 10, 2022

Hey all!

We’re bringing back our weekend workshops with two great instructors on th 19th! I know it’s been a while and we’re happy to be learning again.

We will be hosting three great workshops with two fabulous instructors: Sebastian Quinones and Lecie Langille! It’s our usual weekend workshop style.


12:00 - 1:00 PM Partnering: How to be a better listener and tune in to your partner
1:15 - 2:15 PM Dynamics: Making simple movements look spectacular
2:30 - 3:30 PM Shapes: Using your body to create a better dance

Cost: $15 for 1, $25 for 2, $30 for all three.

Check out the instructor bios on our workshop flyer.

Our usual covid restrictions apply. In short: vaccination and masks are required.

Routine Choreography Make-Up Class

Aug 17, 2021

Hey all!

We will be holding a make-up class for the first week of the routine choreography on January 9th at 4 PM at 222 Truman St. NE. Check out our calendar for the full details.

SWABQ Dances at Lloyd Shaw Require Proof of Vaccination

Aug 17, 2021

Lloyd Shaw Dance Center will now be requiring all persons that host and attend dances at their facility to be fully vaccinated in order to participate. As such, all dances run by SouthWesties ABQ at Lloyd Shaw will now require proof of vaccination for all participants. Please check our covid restrictions for more details.

As was done previously, proof of vaccination is only required once. All patrons that have already proven their vaccination status do not need to provide additional proof.

If this restriction gets lifted we will update you.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

New Masking Regulations at SWABQ Events

Aug 17, 2021

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant, NM will be temporarily re-implement a statewide requirement that facemasks in indoor spaces. To ensure the safety of all of our dancers, SouthWesties will be requiring all attendees of our lessons and social dances to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

For more information check out our covid restrictions

We appreciate your continued support and will see you on the dance floor.

Stay safe, and stay healthy.

Thursday Dances Returning to Lloyd Shaw

Jul 21, 2021

We’re going back to Lloyd Shaw!

Now that the repairs and renovations are done so our Thursday dances are returning to our original location: Lloyd Shaw Dance Center 5506 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Show me on Google!

Many of our members will remember the days where we used to start in a small room and eventually move to a bigger room. Well, good news everyone! We will now have access to the large room all night! Gone are the days of fun, cramped, overheated dancing. Now we’re just going to do the fun part.

We hope to see you there!

We're Coming Back!

Jun 20, 2021

So it’s been a long hiatus. Obvious understatement about everything that’s happened in the last year. And while we believe that the distance was ultimately for the best, we have missed all of our local dancers immeasurably. But with an abundance of patience we get to open our doors and see you all again! Our first dance will be on July 8th! Even though we are coming back, things are going to be different.

First, because of renovations and repairs at Lloyd Shaw, we will be hosting our Thursday night dances at a new location while our old facility is inaccessible. The new address is right nearby, though. Check our our calendar for the new location.

Next, we will be following New Mexico’s guidelines for safely resuming activities in indoor spaces. Since we are not opening until July, we will be able to open at full capacity, but we have new mask restrictions for participating in our Thursday dances. For full details see our covid-restrictions page.

Here’s the quick-read of the restrictions. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated individuals. All attendees of the dance must provide proof of vaccination in order to be allowed to remove their mask. This proof only needs to be done once. We will accept physical or digital copies of the CDC vaccination cards or NMDOH vaccine records. Any digital copy must be clear enough to read the name and vaccination dates; we must also have a photo of the whole card, no partial images. Please DO NOT email digital copies of vaccination cards. We do not use an end-to-end encrypted email service so this is not secure.

Any unvaccinated individual is welcome to attend but must wear a mask properly (over mouth and nose) during the duration of the event. Masks that have vents or obvious holes are not acceptable. If we deem a mask unacceptable we will provide an alternative that can be worn. Any individual that does not show proof of vaccination and refuses to wear a mask will be asked to leave. Anyone asked to leave can return for any future event as long as they follow all restrictions when attending future events.

We hope to see you all soon!