atomic ballroom

West Coast Swing Improv by Kyle Mikami

West Coast Swing is an incredible dance.  I still don't have the basics down yet, but it's a really fun and playful dance.  I filmed this improvisation on a whim at a local dance studio in Costa Mesa - Atomic Ballroom.  Michael Kielbasa  is based out of San Diego and Naomi is from England.  

I remember being nervous before filming the couple dance.  I didn't know Michael or Naomi and knew zero about WCS.  Typically, when I shoot dancers, I know the dance I am filming so I'm able to essential dance with or around them comfortably.  I can play with the musicality, anticipate moves, and try creative angles while shooting.  

This is a great song, and the music video is even better.  Ray Liotta is the man!