I always say that I am not responsible for anything I do since I grew up on Monty Python and was heavily influenced by them. I am shocked that saying "Go away you filthy salesman or I will fart in your general direction" is not acceptable to most people.
The WDSF has also improved the grading of the judges so that they weed out the judges who do not make the grade. It will be much harder to become a judge and to judge at a higher level especially. We shall see very shortly when the Canadian Dance Federation (CDF) folds and is absorbed into the North American Dance Council if they take the judges from the CDF or not. Some of the judges that are allowed to judge up to Championship level have been given their judging papers with no testing or much qualifications at all. I don't disagree with some of the judges they are allowing to judge but others have no qualifications and have been allowed to judge because they have been around a long time as a teacher, even low level teachers. No testing, no going up through the levels as a judge, just given the go ahead to judge up to Championship. The WDSF has been made aware of some of these judges and will not allow them to judge WDSF competitions and I am hoping that the WDC doesn't grandfather them in without even bothering to check their credentials. Some of the judges were given their judging papers by people that were not even certified to give out judging papers. This does not bode well for the WDC credibility if they don't check into each judge to be sure the standards are met before being allowed in to their organization.
I agree that I think the WDSF may be going a little over the top. Perhaps a passing fad or maybe the young people are just a bit too enthusiastic. On the whole the only places where the WDC is picking up is in the States, Australia and they are trying to get more into Canada though it is in its infancy here. In Europe they never really caught on so they are looking westward since the WDSF saw the rest of us as 3rd world dance nations not worth putting the effort into. We have the same problem here in Canada that you have two cities that get everything and the rest of the country is a big oh well. Anyway, this gave the WDC a place to hang up their shingle and try for a power play. Now the WDSF has realized they dropped the ball and ignored the rest of us and are now planning to help support Canada and the States. I am not sure what is going on with Australia as in if the WDSF is going to step up to the plate and take care of their far off children like they should have. The Canadian rep is going to head the WDSF in N. America I believe and they are going to try and up the game to try and push back the WDC. The Pro circuit is now being organized and will be up and running once they get everything in place. They need to get some Pro reps for on the Executive and such and get the structure sorted out and so on. I would say it will not be until the start of next summer until we see the first big Pro WDSF comps in the West but if they can get it worked out then it may be sooner.