Give intention, structure, and consistency to the global WCS Rising Star division.
Celebrate and recognize the amateur and up-and-coming professionals participating in the RS division.
Promote, grow, and facilitate the WCS Rising Star Division.
The intentions of the West Coast Swing Rising Star division:
Give amateur and up-and-coming professionals a lower-pressure environment to build their routine performance competition skills.
Give amateur and up-and-coming professionals a low-pressure, warm, and nurturing environment to experience the joy and sense of accomplishment of building, rehearsing, and performing a routine.
To be a training ground to prepare competitors to transition to the NASDE divisions, and to give structure for the timing of that transition.
The role of the West Coast Swing Rising Star division: Couples are encouraged to keep their Swing content conservative in order to study and respect the dance style, while offering a little bit of leeway for exploration of personal style. Limited weight supports and breakaways ensure that the dancers are focused on dancing, not just tricks, and this will make the transition to Classic division easier. Couples who use lifts may be preparing for Showcase, where the rules are more relaxed. It will be easier to transition choreography from conservative to relaxed than to tighten it from relaxed to conservative.