West Coast Swing & Living a Full Life … a “story worth telling.”

Westie Chronicles

The Blog – Westie Chronicles

Adventures and tribulations as a dancer, teacher, and community leader. Learn more about dance, Austin’s progression through dance, how you can get started, and the challenges and triumphs of creating a swing club from scratch.

Join me on my journey of mastering and teaching dance, my attempts to live a full life, and my efforts to grow a swing community (and other shenanigans)!

Top 10 Questions of 2019

Top 10 Questions of 2019

What are the most important questions in your life? Most of the time we’re always seeking ANSWERS that we don’t look at the questions we’re curious about in the first place.

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Golden Conviction – What Does “That” State Say?

Golden Conviction – What Does “That” State Say?

When you seek the possibilities, you invite the “state of gold” that is always there, but lays in wait. And that state of gold reaffirms that I’m both moving in the right direction … and also need to be more fierce in my concentration for life.

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Going to EOL: Burning the Boats

Going to EOL: Burning the Boats

“And just before buying the plane ticket (“burning the boats”), I realized … the whole process of getting TO the event would be a whole grand, likely-transformative and evolving experience in itself. Take out the EOL event and I would still have an experience of growth. — And it was around that time that I started realizing: I need to go, no matter what happens.”

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The 10 Second Tavern

The 10 Second Tavern

An experiential moment of growth in a battle between the Heart and Resistance. A little “that makes sense” experience to most, but quite substantial micro-experience for someone who has lived on the sidelines for most of their life (aka: me).

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Austin Pranger

Hiya there! My name’s Austin. Around here I’m known for being a little crazy about West Coast Swing.

(… because it’s the best.)

I’ve been dancing for over 3 years, falling in love the first day I started. Ever since then I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone, grown as a human, and am now in the process of mastering WCS & growing a community of dancers in the Fort Wayne, IN area.

This blog is dedicated to my chronicles of being a “Westie” (a West Coast Swing dancer), my growth as an individual while I continue to ‘follow my heart,’ my efforts to build a community (and other ambitious projects), and more.

You can learn more about me here:

Learning to Dance

Want to learn to dance? Ready to join a great community of friendly, inclusive, and supportive dancers?

You don’t need any prior “experience” to get started!

A “WCS Beginner Special” is available for a limited time. (:

Fort Wayne Westies

The official homepage for the Fort Wayne Westies, our inclusive community of dancers eager to learn WCS among friendly peers!

The Anchor Room

Austin teaches, trains and assists at the Anchor Room Dance Studio in Ossian, IN., home to many students and dance club events.

What’s this “West Coast Swing” thing?
See for yourself:

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