Denver Westies

Denver Westies is dedicated to building the West Coast Swing Dance community in Denver, Colorado. We host a weekly West Coast Swing dance, downtown Denver at The Mercury Cafe. We also sponsor social activities to help the dance community get to know each other better. To keep up with all of the dance events, social activities, and other info, find us on Facebook at Denver Westies.


West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing (WCS aka Push or Whip) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation. – Wikipedia



Haider Khan & Aly Yorek

Instructors Haider Khan & Aly Yorek

Haider Khan & Aly Yorek

Aly Yorek and Haider Khan are West Coast swing dance instructors and competitors. Haider has been dancing West Coast Swing for 11 years. He has taken 1st place in the routine division several times all over the country, along with many top placements in various competitive divisions. Aly has been dancing West Coast Swing for 7 years and has also won and placed in the top 5 in various competitive divisions. They both strive to share their love for this dance with as many hearts as possible.

Derek Newman


Derek Newman & Lisa Picard

Derek Newman has been dancing Swing for 20 years. He began his dancing career in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, but has spent the past several years becoming more involved in West Coast Swing. He has competed across the country in West Coast Swing routine divisions and enjoys traveling and competing at national West Coast Swing events.

Dani Botello


Dani Botello & Ceth Stifel

Dani Botello has been dancing many different styles of swing dance for over 8 years. She’s been apart of many different swing dance teams including 23 Skidoo, CM Dance, Westie Whips, and now runs several of her own dance teams. She has also taught for Boulder Dancing With The Stars.

Private Lessons

Instructor Contact Info Price
Deborah Szekely 140/hr or $500 for a 5 lesson package.
Terra Summers $75/hr or $300 for a 5 lessons
Aly Yorek $65/hr plus floor rental fees
Haider Khan $65/hr plus floor rental fees



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