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)!

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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Dance Immersion and THE GAP

Dance Immersion and THE GAP

Being IMMERSED in dance and shortening the GAP between opportunities of learning, practicing, and dancing WCS has been instrumental for my growth as a dancer — and it’s only going to get better from here on out. In this post I explore the reason why I’m so excited about the Westie PLAYground.

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I’m Not Living a Story Worth Telling … Yet.

I’m Not Living a Story Worth Telling … Yet.

I don’t feel like I’m living a “story worth telling yet.” I must have the courage to keep setting my intention and keep putting my vision out their into the world, to keep moving towards that “story,” so that one day I will actually have a story in my wake that’s worth telling. It starts with courage, the audacity to speak up, and the willingness to take that next step when it doesn’t feel “epic” and “worthy.”

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Austin Pranger

Austin Pranger

I'm sharing my journey through learning and teaching West Coast Swing – and organizing a local club – while constantly pursuing personal growth.

My hope is to encourage others to live a full life – a story worth telling, on their own terms – not through my words, but through the way I live.

On this blog, you'll find discussions and experiences through:

- Dance / West Coast Swing
- Minimalism
- Community Organization
- Personal Growth
- Burning Man

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