THE WCS INVITATIONAL INTENSIVE
Vision & Mission
As beneficiaries of the mental, artistic, physical, and community benefits that West Coast Swing gives us, we help to grow the global West Coast Swing dance community 10x. To do our part, we offer a unique "Invitational Intensive" experience designed to connect, train, and transform some the dance's most talented and positive community leaders worldwide.
The Invitational Intensive was created by dancer Paul "Butch" Nelson with a small group of eager dancers in 2014. From the beginning, its design was based on martial arts master training, which Butch had experienced as an advanced martial artist.
Since the first year with a handful of dancers, the intensive has grown into a multi-week, multi-pro experience that offers continuing education to dedicated Advanced, All-Star, and Champion-level dancers from around the world.
Today, the WCS Invitational Intensive is delivered multiple times a year. The instructors are Champion dancers versed in the unique training that underpins the Invitational Intensives. The participants are Advanced, All-Star, and Champion dancers from around the globe.
The Intensive is grateful to its sponsors:
EZY CurbTM Skylight Mounting System
Lori Hayner's You Can Dance Dallas studio, which provides access to a big, beautiful studio and exceptional care of the dancers all week.
It takes a village to raise a dancer! These folks make the WCS Invitational Intensive a success:
Our Champion professionals are decorated champions, carefully chosen for their ability to work in the Intensive's format; for their exceptional pedagogies; and for their ability to complement and contrast one another.
A Volunteer Committee leads the nomination process and ensures that the vision and mission are upheld.
Trained Monitors ensure that each week-long session has careful oversight, clear direction, and onsite problem-solving capability.
Becky Brower Wolcott is the participants' first line of contact, providing logistical, administrative, and communication support.
Glenn Boren cares for the dancers' health and well being throughout each week.
The participants are peer-nominated and carefully selected for their "fit" on a variety of dimensions. Beyond their talent and competitive successes, they are positive, giving, community-oriented individuals with an ability to be vulnerable and work closely with others.
All together, we form a growing global FAMILY with deep bonds as well as a degree of self-monitoring and correction if struggles arise.