One of my long-time favorite west coast swing partners was Bob C. (RIP). Whenever we danced together – most often, at Central Jersey Dance Society’s California mix parties – we regularly traded off leading and following within the same song. Bob was a great leader, but he enjoyed dancing as a follower and I was one of the few female leaders with whom he danced. Usually, we’d start off with me leading and, midway through the song, I’d switch to following (which I prefer to leading).
Another way to switch it up is to mix different dance styles within the same song – e.g., west coast swing/hustle, west coast swing/Argentine tango and so many more combinations, including Latin and ballroom dances.
One of my favorite “mixes” was with another female instructor – I very clearly remember dancing with her what we later called “north-south-east-west coast swing” – i.e., we not only switched between east coast swing and west coast swing, but also between leading and following – and we kept mixing all of this throughout the song.
Remember: social dancing is all about having fun!