Before cut-off

After cut-off




Assistant Teacher



Senior (16 & up)



Teen (13-15)



Junior (10-12)



Mini (6-9)







You may dance and/or take notes in any class  you wish. This includes Mini, Junior, Teen and  Senior classes.

Assistant Teachers

Ages 15+. Allowed access to all ballrooms, including special teacher classes. Eligible to audition for scholarships and wcdelite dancer title.

  • SENIOR DANCER:    Ages 16 & up
  • TEEN DANCER:  Ages 13-15
  • JUNIOR DANCER:  Ages 10-12
  • MINI DANCER:    Ages 6-9

Teachers please note that the Junior Ballroom is open to students over the age of 12 with less dance experience.
If quota is reached before cut-off date, subsequent workshop entries will not be accepted.


Observers are allowed with paid students only and must not be studio owners, teachers or dancers. Observers may observe in the Mini, Junior, Teen & Senior Ballrooms only. Please note: Any teacher attempting to register as an assistant teacher, student or observer will be required to pay the teacher’s fee or will be asked to leave. The number of observers allowed in ballrooms is limited. If limit is reached prior to the convention, observer bands will not be sold at the door.


No blankets permitted on floor. Please make sure all dance bags are kept against the wall and out of the dancers’ way to avoid any injuries. If you are in need of first aid, please see a West Coast Dance Explosion staff member. All students must wear cover-ups outside the ballroom area. Also, please respect both hotel property and staff. Be courteous to other hotel guests by keeping the noise level to a minimum in your rooms as well as in hallways. No food allowed in the ballrooms at any time.


All dancers 15-years old and under who are registered at the hotel must be accompanied by a chaperone of legal age.

Videotaping & Photos

Video cameras are absolutely prohibited at all times during the convention. Still photos are permitted. Professional video and photography are available through ShutterStorm at each of our regional and national events.


West Coast Dance Explosion wristbands must be worn by all teachers, students and observers at all times. Anyone without a band will be denied entry into the ballroom. Full tuition must be paid for lost wristbands!


All registrations are non-refundable. No Exceptions! Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Space is limited, so we cannot guarantee registration on the first morning of the convention. Please contact the West Coast Dance Explosion office prior to the convention to confirm space availability.

Only cash, cashier checks or money orders will be accepted at the door.


All registrations must be submitted through our online registration. West Coast Dance Explosion and the convention/ hotel facilities are not responsible for personal injury or property loss. *Must register 4 weeks prior to the convention/competition in order to receive cut-off rate.  Click here for online registration and entry forms. 


If you register by the deadline, you will receive an immediate confirmation via email, following your completed online registration.

Early-bird Registration

Avoid the Saturday-morning rush! Our convention director will be set up on Fridays from 5-6 pm at most convention cities. Teachers who have pre-registered and would like to pick up their convention packets, may do so at this time. Please turn in your back-up CD’s for competition at this time.

Workshop Tuition

Workshop fees and registration must be postmarked four weeks before the convention to receive discounted tuition (see registration cut-off date listed next to each city on the Tour Locations section of our website). 

Studio Discounts

Bring 5-10 students:
FREE tuition for one teacher.

Bring 11-24 students:
FREE tuition for two teachers, plus a
FREE WORKSHOP video pass for classes only.

Bring 25-39 students:
Free tuition for three teachers, plus a
FREE WORKSHOP video pass for classes only.

Bring 40+ students: Free tuition for four teachers, plus a FREE WORKSHOP video pass for classes only.

Bring 60+ students: Free tuition for five teachers, plus a FREE WORKSHOP video pass for classes only, plus 1 night hotel room and tax and parking if applicable paid for by WCDE (host hotel only)

Important Note: Studio discounts are based on students paying full price. Please do not factor in your students who are attending on a free scholarship. No substitutions are permitted.

More Discounts!

Students paying FULL price for a West Coast Dance Explosion workshop, during the November 2019-April 2020 season, will receive 50% off their tuition for any additional regional workshops.

In cities with three ballrooms, Teen and Senior dancers will take workshop together in the Senior ballroom.

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