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)!

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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Concentrating My Fire – November and Beyond

Concentrating My Fire – November and Beyond

“Direction and intention of the website and my core content: — Life as a dancer aspiring to master West Coast Swing, do great things, and be an asset to the world. To document the process of going from weakness to strength, fearful to courageous, and waiting-to-be-picked to choosing-myself. Showcasing one dancer’s journey to “live a story worth telling”, to collaborate with other ambitious souls, and to inspire others to pursue their ambitions.”

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Dark Cave of the Soul

Dark Cave of the Soul

The black, dark cave of my soul does not care about you or anything that is not “us” – the mind, the body, the heart, the soul. It’s the part of my personality that wants me to be completely selfish, so that I can grow, and better contribute back to the world from a place of strength, not of fear and weakness.

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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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