2007 Harvard Beginner's Competition Saturday, October 28, 2007 Harvard Athletic Complex - Gordon Indoor Track and Tennis Center 75 North Harvard Street, Boston, MA 02163 (a short walk from the Harvard Square T stop) The website will be undated with more information as the summer progresses. Some responses to the concerns raised in the MIT thread: "Harvard Beginner's Comp no longer serves its purpose because it is too stressful and no longer just for beginners." The purpose of Beginner's comp is to provide an "easy" first competition for new dancers. I put "easy" in quotes because it has different meanings. Our (my) interpretation isn't that there should be weak competition, but that the "other stuff" surrounding the comp should be more laid back then regular competitions. Specifically: A) Beginner's comp doors open at 10a.m., dancing starts at 11a.m. and ends at 7:30 pm. (which ideally should be earlier). For every other comp, beginner's will have to be there when doors open at 7:00 am, start dancing at 8:00 am, and not leave until 9:00 pm. For Beginner's Comp, local couples can get up at a reasonable hour, attend the comp, and still go out in the evening. Non-local couples can leave the morning of and be home before midnight. That is simply not true for full scale comps, even the smaller ones. B) There are only a few levels offered. This means that beginner's spend more time dancing and less time waiting around. At any other comp, a newcomer couple eliminated in the first round will spend 12-14 hours at the venue to dance a total of 12 minutes on the floor. C) Cuts are generous. Most comps cut couples by 50% from round to round. For Beginner's comp we try to call back 60-70%. D) No costumes.