But each time I have to explain what is it that I do to someone else - I have to deal with the name situation.
The conversation usually goes something like this:
I dance West Coast Swing
Ah, swing, I love all the acrobatics!
Oh, this is indeed quite different from what I was thinking, it looks really cool!
Next time we meet
So you dance ?western? swing, right?
The confusion is not limited to casual conversations about the dance either. I've started with WCS fairly recently and remember being actively confused when trying to find lessons in SF
Google would return things like https://lindyinthepark.com/ fairly prominently when I search "West Coast Swing lessons in SF" and I had to spend some time figuring out if it's the thing I'm looking for.
Confusion with other dance styles is the issue I encounter most often but far from the only one:
WCS implies that the dance is only popular on West Coast and more broadly implies an unnecessary level of US-centricity
people are consistently surprised when I tell them that I've danced WCS in Japan (and to somewhat lesser degree about Prague)
I suspect that it serves as a barrier for developing the scenes in other countries
It's not memorable and long. It often gets reduced in people's minds things like
Connection with History
Other people seem to care about this a lot more than I do. I think acknowledging the history/roots of the dance in the name is nice but not when it's detrimental to its current development
Plausibly one can come up with a clever way to nod to history in the name while improving on the issues above though.
Renaming West Coast Swing https://blog.thisiswestcoastswing.com/2018/03/08/a-discussion-changing-the-name-of-west-coast-swing/
Semi serious proposal for "Flow" and a bit more serious proposal for "Modern Swing" have been floated