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WCS was originally called Western Swing, but was changed to avoid confusion with Country Western swing. Some dance experts claim that WCS grew out of the smoother Dean Collins style; however, Collins claimed he had nothing to do with this variant, according to Sykes. WCS is actually more rigid than Collin's style, with the couple dancing in a line or slot, which some dance historians believe developed as a response to California's crowded ballrooms and
nightclubs. It is done in an upright position and the primary moves include a push, a pass, and a whip, with many variations. Since the 1980s the West Coast has also incorporated many elements of the Hustle. WCS can be danced to smoother modern music such as R & B or Pop, and can be extremely sultry if danced properly.