West Coast Swing are done in a slot and consists of six and eight count patterns. This dance is different from the East Coast Swing where the woman rocks back. In place of doing so, she walks forward on count one.

The rhythm is generally done to medium tempo swing, which is slower than the East Coast swing. High qualified West Coast dancers perform this dance in a faster tempo music. The dance has a very smooth feel and no bounce. You will rarely see high kicks or moves which require the performer to leave the dance floor.