Phil has an amazing link
between his eyes, his brain and his feet. He can watch a dance
move, figure out how to do it, execute it perfectly, teach
someone else how to do it, and then teach them how to do it
- Margie & Linus
Through Phil’s uncanny ability to "fix me", his patience, words
of encouragement, and sense of fun, he is helping me to be the
dancer I've always wanted to be. Phil is the absolute best as a
dance instructor and person! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Phil has made Monday night my favorite night of the week. I love
his classes because he teaches us the how’s and why’s of dance,
not just patterns, and he makes it fun. Phil has given me a lot
of insight into what makes a good dancer, and someday I hope to
I do not know if I will ever be a great dancer. I don't know if
I will ever be a good dancer. But thanks to Phil, I know I will
never be a bad dancer.
Phil's classes are like onions. You peel one layer and there's
another one waiting for you. He's made me think about dancing.
Take all your steps, stay in balance, look for leverage and
compression, weight transfer and timing, phrasing. This has
helped me with all my dancing, not just WCS. I hear things and
see things that I never even looked for, before.
I love Phil’s teaching for many reasons but here are three: (1)
His clear, consistent, and unique philosophy about the
fundamentals (For example, I never even thought about my feet,
and the word 'wait' was never in my vocabulary! (2) His passion
and enthusiasm for West Coast and for teaching others to master
it; and (3) His patience, support and positive strokes every
step of the way!
Phil LaMothe: At the crux of flesh and spirit...
We're trying to practice everything Phil teaches....the good
news is that it will probably take us a lifetime to master it
all -- what could be more fun??? Thanks to Phil for giving us a
new perspective on WCS.
- Delia & Bob
I enjoy Phil’s attention to the nuances of dance and his
students! Somehow it’s very relaxing and fulfilling to spend
Monday nights learning this new skill. I am very pleased that I
was fortunate enough to have started learning the West Coast
Phil is my Zen Master! I tell everyone! Light bulbs go off on a
weekly basis all because he skillfully says exactly what I need
to hear, exactly when and how I need to hear it, and he says it
patiently a thousand times or more until I do hear it. Phil has
absolutely changed me as a dancer. When I first saw him dancing
at the Colorado Cafe, my path lit up like golden stepping-
stones. Phil has allowed me to participate in my passion for
dancing in a positive, creative, and constructive way. Monday
nights are my "anchor", where I feel grounded and at home. I
hope Phil keeps teaching for a million years, and I will keep
When I took a job in New Jersey after working for years in NYC,
I assumed I would never find a dance instructor of the caliber
that I had available to me in the city. Happily I was wrong!
Phil LaMothe is the best instructor I’ve had, period.
"These classes are the best! I will be coming here for a long
time. Phil is great and so are the rest of the people."-
"Rhythm in Shoes" is quite simply the best social dance
investment you'll ever make, a "one stop shop" in WC Swing &
- Ron & Debi