WCS is a real small scene where I live. There's only one weekly event - and I rarely attend it because of all the cliques. The normal way of trying to get a dance by standing on the edge of the dance floor hardly works, because all the clique people go way off the floor to hang at the bar, where they invite each other to dance. So by the time they walk back to the floor, they already have chosen their partners. And of course they won't let anyone new hang in their group. I saw some of these same people at another dance, a non-WCS event. Even there, the clique stuck together and didn't dance with anyone outside their group. I tried to converse with them, but they looked at me as if I had three heads! Luckily, there are two local studios that have California Mix dances so I can practice my WCS. One of them is the studio where I took lessons, so I see a lot of my fellow students and can dance with them. WCS is absolutely an awesome dance, so creative, I love it. Don't know why some people throw an attitude about it, though. It does seem different in certain places. DC, as I mentioned is very friendly.