Past year's Intensive participants are welcomed back year after year (except in rare cases when a good fit is not achieved). Each returning participant is able to nominate one person, leader or follower, to attend.
The nomination process opens in September of each year and selections are made by the end of the month in October
. Invitees may attend one 40-hour Invitational Intensive per year. Multiple intensives are offered each year. There is a limit of 16 dancers (8 leaders and 8 followers) per session. The Intensives roles are not gendered, provided that the dancer meets the criteria in their role of choice.
- Dancing in WSDC contests and have at least one (1) point in the Advanced level or above, up to and including Champion
- Being a positive influence and/or instructor in their WCS dance communities
- Open and generous in sharing their knowledge with others
- Willing and able to participate fully in this type of intensive experience - it is not for everyone
- Willing and able to work very well with others under stressful conditions
- Physically able to be on their feet, dancing for 40 hours in the week
An anonymous Board of Directors considers all nominations and makes the final selections based on factors including the number of spaces available that year; the desired distribution of talent and geography; and growth targets for the Intensives. Successful nominees are then informed - usually by the individual who nominated them.
Declining or Canceling
We advise you to speak to your nominee before recommending them to ensure that they are willing and likely able to attend. If a first-time nominee declines an invitation, they are unlikely to be accepted by the Board in future years.
Likewise , if you or your nominee accepts and registers for an Intensive and then later cancels, they may not be invited back in future years. If the cancellation occurs less than two months before the assigned Intensive, the $100 deposit will be forfeited. In some cases, exceptions may be made due to extenuating circumstances. This is the decision of the Board.
Couples (married, boyfriend/girlfriend, or competitive dance partners) may not attend their first Intensive together. This is to allow each person to experience the full week on a personal and individual level.
After attending their first Intensive separately, the couple may attend following Intensives together. Couples must conduct themselves as separate individuals during the Intensive, participating fully with all other dancers, rotating partners, and taking part in the social aspects of the Intensives that help enhance the experience and solidify the learning.
The Intensives are considered to be continuing education. Attendees are allowed to miss one year of Intensives. If two consecutive years are missed by an active attendee, then they are no longer active and would have to go through the entire nomination process again. Warning: The Board is not likely to accept a nomination from someone who has done an extended hiatus over a new nomination.