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Christopher makes West Coast Swing look easy and it is certainly not. That is the true mark of an exceptional dancer and instructor. His love and enthusiasm for the dance will capture you and delight your soul. I learn so much from him and consider him the best instructor I have ever had in the dance industry.


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Christopher really taught me to enjoy the dance! His motto is "Anything in life that you really like should be truly enjoyed." He taught me to enjoy the moments between the beats and to relax while exhibiting proper posture.  Now I know what WCS was truly meant to be.


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Christopher has one of the best connections you will experience with WCS. He teaches you that connection is more than just physical it is also emotional and mental. Once you connect with your partner on this level your dance will be imbued with grace, power and movement that will truly stir the soul .



It can be difficult to find a trustworthy and reliable Dance Instructor who offers classes at a variety of levels and at affordable prices. That’s where I come in! To find out more about learning with me, see what some of my students have to say.

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Christopher is AMAZING! I love his standard of Dance and Dress and Groom! He dances with such style and grace that is breathtaking. He teaches you as the student to do the same. I have really learned to enjoy what I am doing and that my uniqueness is what I bring to the WCS world.


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Christopher is the most patient and kind instructor that I have ever met. He taught me that I am unique and that quality is what sets me apart in this wonderful world of WCS. Christopher has me dancing at a level I never thought I would achieve.


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If you want to really learn WCS with a very high standard of excellence then Christopher is the man! He has taught me such grace, power and connection in this wonderful genre of dance. He has also taught me that dress and groom is paramount to your confidence and presentation.


More Testimonials

You are the bomb!

That is definitely one of your gifts, & I am proud & thoroughly delighted to be your student.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, SWEETIE!!! You are a magnificent teacher!

Kimberly Crose

Thank you! You are an awesome teacher! Grateful for the experience.

Christine Manning

Ty Christopher! Your a great instructor and nice group. Grateful

Tom Bennington

Christopher,Thank you! A Tremendous compliment  coming from an amazing dancer like you! Best

Stacey Keating

Had a great time. Thank you for being so supportive! Super fun. Definitely going to practice!

Katherine Fazzinga

I want to be a Westie dancer. That is my goal. I'm going to do it with your awesome help. I want to just say THANK YOU!!! I'm really grateful that you are so willing to share your expertise. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

B Sarrica 

I took WCS lessons from other instructors but never got it. It wasn't until I took lessons with Christopher that I not only understood WCS I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT! WHAT A MASTERFUL TEACHER YOU ARE! I love wcs!

Freya T

I was just about to give up on West Coast Swing. I was sure I could not get this dance, then I met Christopher. Not only did he teach me WCS I fell in love with it! In one lesson with Christopher I learned more about wcs in 3 weeks of classes at a different dance company. 

Christopher often gets more excited about you getting the dance than you do yourself. It is just encourages me to get it and own it! I LOVE THIS INSTRUCTOR! 

G Johnson 

I saw Christopher's wcs class on meetup and decided to give it a try. I have never danced wcs before and really did not know what is was. My first class with Christopher he taught me sugar push, right side pass, left side pass, and styling all in ONE LESSON! All I can say is WOW! He is a magnificent instructor for a very affordable price. I take lessons at 2 of his locations.

T Griffin

There is so much to say about how great the West Coast Swing Classes are with Christopher. I have learned so many nuances of wcs. I have improved so much in such a short period of time. I have to say Christopher taught me that wcs is fun and should be enjoyed!

R Caputo

Thanks again for our private lessons! So much fun. And tremendous skill. Have a great day

H Hude

Wow, we keep hearing about Physics and now Mechanics!  West Coast must be all about Engineering!

Excellent session this eve.  Thanks Christopher


Hi Christopher, I have a conflict this Friday and probably won't be able to make class. But I think you're a wonderful teacher and I love your class. I intend to attend regularly and have hope that you'll get me doing West Coast Swing. Best, Pam

You put the Rhumba in our hearts, Salsa in our steps, & Merenga in our soul, & top it off with a whopping dollop of West Coast Swing to keep the party going!!!


K Cross

We loved our recent lesson it was really thorough. Your love for the dance it's just wonderful.

P Hude

I certainly miss you as a greatest west coast teacher in this area. I'm sure I will take your lessons sometime in the future. I wish you great luck!

G Jones 

 I think I really need privates in order to advance, but we'll see how I do next Friday. Love your classes, Christopher, you're a wonderful teacher.

S Dover

Thank you so much! You're awesome. I really appreciate how you break it down and explain the moves. It is clear that your love of dance has no boundaries. 

C Bugart 

Thanks for the encouraging words. You're a great teacher!

P Gunthrie

Two instructors introduced me to wcs years ago.  I continued to learn from them for over a year.  After pandemic, I tried a few lessons and decided to quit.  I felt uncomfortable to go to those social dances.  Since I started learning from you, I went back to their social dances twice and enjoyed both times.  I found a HUGE transformation on me.  I was not scared to be asked by "good" leaders any more.  Thank you for teaching us all those secrets to be successful.  I'm surprised for not knowing short arm length is such a great tip before.  You have changed my views on west coast swing completely.   Thank you again.   You truly are the best West Coast Swing Dance teacher in the Hudson Valley.

D Simmons

Thanks so much for being such a diligent and inspiring teacher. Have a great day.

H Hude

Thank you for the great class. So happy to dance with my partner and both of us be taught WCS by you!  You are an awesome teacher! Now we know how to do a proper whip. See you next week

Rachel D 

Thanks, Christopher. I love your classes and I agree that the privates will accelerate my growth. See you Friday.

P Seymore

Of course!!! We fell in love with WCS because of you! Can’t wait to learn more!

J Castellanos

Was great working with you as always, you are the best West Coast Swing teacher! And it was so lovely to watch you and Bobbie dance together. It just makes me smile whenever I think of it. Have a great holiday. 

P Cunningham

I was taking lessons with a different dance studio and the instructor only wanted to teach me the basics. I wanted to grow and was highly recommended to Christopher's Dance Studio. I joined Christopher's classes and on day one I learned more in 1 hour than 3 months with the other studio. I am AMAZED at the progress I have made in such a short time. I LOVE HIS CLASSES! If you want to really grow in wcs Christopher is the best choice in this area!

We plan on coming to learn more we had a great time ! YOU ARE AN AMAZING TEACHER!

Thank you! Have a great day

S Hicks

Great class today! I really like the bow tie pattern! You are my favorite teacher ever! YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! So fun. Thank you

T Griffin

I have learned so much in your class within 1 month that I have learned taking years of lessons at another studio. You really believe in assisting your students in becoming the best WCS dancers they can be! A TRUE AMAZING TEACHER!!!

K Schaffer

Thank your for teaching me WCS you are such a great teacher who has technique and passion. I am sure I will learn much more from you in the new year. It is so wonderful to meet a teacher that truly has a passion for what he does and to know that is his driving force.

S Powell 

I love WCS!!! Jay too! Thanks to you and your brilliant teaching! It is nice to have an instructor that truly sets the example of excellence in dance!

Hey there!.You hosted a wonderful dance last week! I had so much fun! You are an AMAZING dancer! I look forward to classes and it was very nice how you danced with everyone!

S Curry

That was a very intense and spot on lesson. You completely nailed the level we're at and what we needed. Thank you.

T Bradley

Hey Christopher 

It was nice to see you last Friday evening. Your classes are always fun and informative. You are a very patient instructor. I didn't get a chance to say hi to Tori so please say hi and wish her well in her competition for me. Also please let me know when and where her competition is and let me know if I can support her in any way. 


Stan W


Thank you for holding such a beautiful social dance tonight. I had so much fun especially seeing so many friends. You have done a great job building a nice WCS community.

G Patton

Thank you! I had so much fun, and I can't wait to keep learning! You are a great dancer and teacher! 


Christopher, I'm missing everyone and especially my WCS favorite instructor I still have training this week and I don't believe I will be able to attend the class on Monday or have my one on one with the best Hudson Valley instructor on Tuesday. Please don't forget your favorite WCS student. (I won't tell and neither should you tell the rest of your students that I am your favorite student)LOL!!! I reeeally miss it.  Please don't give up my spot on Tuesday. I'm really sorry that I'm letting you know so late 


Thank you Christopher! It was honor to learn and participate in your class, and I look forward to this coming Friday. In the following weeks we hope to make it to Monday classes too. 

M Bronte

So great to be dancing many wonderful great to learn. Best. 


Thank you for a wonderful lesson today! I learn so much from you and it makes me so happy! Today I felt so good to follow everything that you led! Woohoooooo! I love ya!

N King 


See hi Chris! So glad I discovered ur dances- love the music too! I look forward to attending your dance social Monday! Have a good day!


Christopher, Everyone loved today’s class. Your energy is absolutely contagious! I already had two people tell me they will be signing up for your SummerFest class! I hope we can get a big room for this! And I may be able to go to the dance on the 24th and have another person who couldn’t make today’s class who wants to go, too!

Bard College

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful social dance tonight. Your West Coast Swing Dance Socials are by far the best! Love the WCS Dance Competition Simulations.


Wow!! Well, I am glad they found you!! I'm sure they had an absolute blast in your class. You have developed such a wonderful following, Sweetie, & none of it was given to you. You earned every student that has walked into your class. Through dedication, hard work, & being absolutely adorable, you have a large & loyal following, & it's getting bigger every day.


Thanks for the kind words. It was fun getting to learn from you! You're a knowledgeable teacher. I look forward to taking lessons from you again when I am back in town.

John T

I live in PA and there are 2 people I like to visit in NY, my daughter and you and your classes! YOU ARE THE BEST WCS TEACHER EVER!

D Whittman


A Marie

AWESOME!!! ​AWESOME!!! ​AWESOME!!! class. Thank you


It was really a great class. Thank you so much. I felt very connected to the dance. Gillian thought the same thing.



Your classes are AMAZING! It was shows that you love teaching us. It was really a great class. Thank you so much.



I saw Paul and Helen at Jean's social last Sunday. They told me how much they enjoy your lessons. They said you are the only person that has ever taught them proper posture and styling.


Hi Chris,

We had a great time at the dance social!  I think I have Mark hooked now!  Hahaha

We love taking dance lessons with you! Your dedication to making your students the best wcs dancers they can be cannot be matched.Thanks for offering the great dance opportunities in Red Hook!

Stacey K,

Thank you. It's so much fun tonight, Christopher by far you have the BEST WCS DANCE SOCIALS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY! The food, ambiance, beginner class, music and MAGNIFICENT DANCING!!! I LOVE IT!!!! LOVE YOU!!!

Rose M

I really enjoy your classes! I have to say I didn't really learn WCS until I met you! I will treasure what you have taught me and use it when I compete. I know we will bump into each other at events. Have a great day Christopher!



K Backman

I went to a live band east coast swing social last night and saw Tori.  You would be proud of her if you were there.   She could dance with anyone beautifully, old or young/ good or bad leaders, with lot of concepts you taught in the class. I complimented her and she credited all to you.  She never formally took east coast swing lessons only the short full lessons offered before the socials. 


Thanks we had a great time a lot of fun. I can't believe how well everyone dances a testament to your teaching! You are a true blessing to watch you dance.

R Huntington

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!  

I just came back from Jean's social. I had no trouble dancing with every single leader! I surprised myself! Jeff, Joe, Paul, Ron, June and a very tall guy named Bradley. They are all decent leaders. I always have trouble following Jeff. He even complimented me after the dance. He dipped me twice! A huge transformation in my WCS skills. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I didn't go to the workshop but I saw what they learned at the end of it. They all tried to lead the patterns during social dance. I had no problems at all. Those patterns are easy in comparison to what you taught in class. 



First... just wanted to say Mark and I REALLY liked our lesson on Tuesday! Getting pointers on all those little things makes a big difference!

AND... we LOVE the slingshot!

AND... we won't be at class tonight. We are headed to my nephews wedding in Ithaca.

We will be in touch about setting up another lesson once we are back.

Have a great day!


Ah thank you Christopher, you are such an excellent teacher, I really enjoyed it! That would be great to be added to your list. You really break the moves down step by step and it makes it a joy to learn. So MUCH FUN DANCING WITH YOU!

S Kanikkannan 

Thank you for a great lesson and class. I have gained more confidence each time I come to the class


We would not go to any other workshops and travel when we have such a terrific West Coast teacher, right here in Poughkeepsie. We LOVE YOU CHRISTOPHER!


Thanks so much. You are a great teacher. I'm leaving tomorrow on vacation but I want to keep coming. This was a lot of fun. 


From Bard College:

Hi Christopher,

Attached please find feedback from some of the participants in your fantastic West Coast Swing Class! As you can see, you received a 5 in all categories (the highest rating!) and wonderful feedback on your presentation skills. I think it's safe to assume that everyone loved the class, especially since you had great attendance every week. I can't wait for the fall classes to begin!


Carmela Gersbeck

Misspellings courtesy of my iPhone

We'll see you this week. We'll talk, then keep up the good work Chris you're a fabulous dancer and a great teacher and the others can't hold a candle to you.

J McCain

A Big Yes to all the questions regarding satisfaction of the content. Actually outstanding

M Wong

The class was amazing! The music was well suited for the classs.

B Towie

What a thorough and indepth introduction to West Coast Swing from an OUTSTANDING instructor.

J Steinberg

The class presenter was very precise in teaching us the steps with a good explanation and detailed nuances of the dance and culture.

B Renfro

Christopher is an amazing teacher. He knows how to manage a class and makes it fun to learn how to dance. 

S Reilly

Christopher is amazing, very experienced, knowledgeable, and charismatic!

N Kryzack

Christopher is very professional and fun! I can't wait until he teaches again at the college! I LOVE WCS!

S Katz

Christopher's classes are wonderful! I will be taking the classes again and recommending them to others. 

L Itzkowitz

I cant wait to continue to the next level of wcs with Christopher Bledsoe and I highly recommend this class to everyone!

V Hoener

I am so excited to enroll in the fall class sessions with Christopher Bledsoe. He is the BEST in the hudson valley for WCS!

T Grabeel

I find Christopher's West Coast Swing Classes to be a fine way to keep my motor skills intact and a wonderful excercise!

K Bell

Hudson Valley now has an amazing WCS instructor, Christopher Bledsoe. The WORD is out. You are creating a wonderful WCS community. 

S Cooper

Hahaha! Good for you!!! It is so very obvious that you LOVE the dance and you are so excited about teaching new moves! Your enthusiasm is infectious!

K Smith

Wow thanks Christopher for such a terrific night with such excellent, detailed, spot-on

instruction!!!! Plus your fun personality !!!! I can't wait to come back to work under you again!!!

P Walker 

Christopher your West Coast Swing is Very cool!  Graceful.  Smooth.  Impressive!

J Chrysler

Thank you Chris!!! Last night was a lot of fun and I am very much looking forward to many more with you as well! Loving all that you and WCS have to offer! 

C Santana

Thank you so much, Christopher!! You are an awesome teacher! It was so much fun. I can't wait for the next class!

G Berman

Thank you so much! The patterns you created are beautiful!! YOU ARE BY FAR THE BEST WCS INSTRUCTOR IN UPSTATE NY!


Hey you're right that guy is so smooth and beautiful to watch!! but Christopher – – I love your R&B styling moves, and you even sing WHILE you're dancing, which I love!!! I love to watch you dance and you have a GREAT VOICE!

P Walker

Wow Wow Wow! I had the best time I was just sharing it all with Janet. I learned so much and learned about myself as well. Balance and Poise J I’m looking forward to going next week.


Thanks so Much!!!


T Costakis


Our Recreation Assistant, Tina, decided to try out the first of our Monday night dance lessons and she had a blast! Tina describes herself as having two left feet and yet she came away from the lesson strutting her stuff! She says that instructor Christopher Bledsoe is a true professional and, she adds, he's very patient.

Tina plans on returning next week on Monday, October 16, at 6:00pm. If you've always wanted to improve your dance skills or learn to dance form step 1, come on over and join Tina.

Town of Poughkeepsie Community Center

14 Abe's Way

For more info. and details you can contact instructor Christopher Bledsoe at 484-393-5955 or

Last night was so much fun! You and your class are such a good medicine!!!

G Davis

Thank YOU!!! Im so grateful for all that you do! Thank you for taking time with Harley. She really looks up to you

C Taylor


L Baley

Hi Christopher! We had an amazing time and we can’t wait to come back. You’re a great teacher. Thanks again! Looking forward to learning more and getting better and better :)

K Burke

Bard College Summer Semester 19 Students: All 5 Star Ratings

He was a joy to have teach and work with us and patient with everyone.

Christopher is an AWESOME teacher

Christopher keeps it simple and clear

Christopher is a good presenter and he has good control of the class. There were some members who like to talk a lot during the class and he was great at reining them in.

Aww thanks Chris! It was a blast as usual and I can’t wait to keep learning and growing! Thanks for being the best teacher ever

P Hansen

Absolutely! My wife and I had an amazingly good time and we'll certainly tell our friends about the class


Your message made me cry with happiness! I had THE BEST time last night. What a great dance West Coast Swing is - and what a great partner and teacher you are! That amazing feeling when you dance with a great leader who can match your style - bliss! Cannot wait until the next class - and to talk to you more about West Coast and all the great places this can take me! THANK YOU!

S Jones

Thank you Christopher! You are a wonderful dancer and I appreciate how you put your heart and soul into sharing and teaching WCS! Happy Holidays

K Rosa

So much fun! Went last week and I was looking forward to coming back again. I was thinking about it all week! So much fun, Christopher is a great instructor, easy to learn from and everyone is so nice and welcoming. Can’t wait to go back.

K Burke

Thank you so much! It's been a really fun class!

C Arroyo

Thank you Christopher! You are an amazing and inspiring teacher!! I will practice and see you next week!

B Marshal

Thank you!! I really enjoyed the class. What a great group. And what a great instructor!' 

Susan P

You are the best Dance Teacher I have ever met! This was our 1st official dance class and what an amazing time that we had! Can't believe that we took the beginner and intermediate advanced class in one night! LOVE YOUR CLASS!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!

Z Mehta

I have known Christopher Bledsoe for many years and you will never find a more Considerate, Honest, Thoughtful and Warm Human being. I have taken classes with him and he puts his Heart and Soul into everything he does. I wish him continued success in all his Endeavors. He certainly deserves it.

T Fedele

 Tonight was absolutely amazing and i can't wait to come back. 

J Lavenhar 

Thanks Christopher! I have to say that those patterns last night were the finest ones that you have ever created! 


Thank you Christopher it's refreshing to be in such a positive no BS dance environment. I am happy to be a part of it!

C Abbate

Thank you, WCS has always been the hardest for me to learn the past 15+ years of ballroom lessons and I stayed away from until you  I feel you have improved my following ability this past weekend with my other weaker dances, smooth waltz/foxtrot lol with compliments from past leaders and repeat asks.


I had a blast!! You're an awesome teacher, Chris!! Congratulations on the new place! I love it!


What students are saying about Westie Dance Night Out!


oh Christopher I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed your lesson last night! And it just amazed me how applicable to real life your principles are!

thank you so much for your encouragement and inspiration!!

The Glam Squad

Class was really awesome. You are a wonderful instructor. Making all of us to be the best. I loved every minute. Thank you


Good morning, buddy!!! i just got a chance to look at your videos, & your patterns are absolutely gorgeous!!!! your student did an amazing job -- awesome following!!!!! i am so impressed!!! you have truly found your calling. beautiful, beautiful job, sweetness!!! have an awesome day today, & continue being your fabulous self -- the world needs more Christopher!!!

Proud Mama!

Hi Christopher- thank you, thank you, thank you for an amazing experience. You are an incredible dancer and an equally amazing teacher. I will see you on Friday. Again, thank you!


Hahah thanks Christopher! Had an absolutely blast tonight. It was like a follower's workshop! Just fantastic!!


Hi Christopher, this is Esther. I really enjoyed your class tonight. I learned so much. Definitely coming back tomorrow at 1pm

Love that series of patterns. One of your best routines yet! I'm falling behind! Hope to see you soon. 


That is wonderful! It is always such a pleasure to watch you dance you have a radiating charisma and it draws people in.


That's good dancing .. 

looks like a superb time however he didn't utilize the entire floor with you ( I'm so glad your teaching us floating sugar pushes)

I think Your technique and flare *****is so phenomenal that the entire floor must be used when possible!!

Ray Ray

Hello, Chris 

The dancing is wonderful, beautifully done! Thank you for sharing. I would imagine the kids would thoroughly enjoy learning the fundamentals of dancing and the footwork. It would be such a nice time for them to learn beginner's moves and come alive with the music. This would be such a nice physical activity to integrate into the kids as for Team-Building Day 

C Acevedo

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