West Coast Swing NI has been building a small, but perfectly formed community of enthusiastic dance students since 2012. One half of the original founding members, Sharon Matchett is still at the helm and continually strives to spread the love and some might say "addiction" to swing dancing.
Sharon is a co-director along with Andrew Shellard (France) of Northern Ireland's first and only West Coast Swing event, Swingterfell.
The most important part of West Coast Swing NI?
There wouldn't be a scene without all our students. So whether you come to class every week or once in a while, we always appreciate that you take the time to come.
After dancing modern jive for a few years Sharon discovered West Coast Swing online, while searching for dance videos. What she saw was to change the direction of her dance career, and propel her into the world of Swing Dancing.
With no regular classes in Belfast, WCSNI came about when a young dance teacher, Shane Mckeever moved to Belfast in 2012 to study and became the first WCS teacher on the team. With lots of study and theatre commitments, Shane handed over the classes to Sharon in 2013.
With a background in figure skating (Northern Ireland Champion & Ulster Champion, and numerous titles from the UK) Sharon made an easy transition to the new dance styles which inspired her.
She continues to be a community leader, constantly striving to develop and grow the scene in Belfast.