Yes, I've been to social dances like that, too, and yes, they are very nice. And yes, the "advanced" and "competition" dancers don't go "full-out" - they actually dance "socially". And the "half-time demonstrations" are usually very well recieved. However, those social dances are advertised as having a "half-time demonstration" so that all attendees know what will be happening. And the performers know who they are in advance. A "show" is a bit different from "reserved" dances. Maybe I'm misunderstanding Elise's intent, but I don't think she's promoting "half-time demonstrations". Certainly, if the venue held "half-time demos", she and her partner could volunteer to perform and she could get her "full-out" dancing - but I suspect that the organizers would rotate the performers at each dance, so she and her partner might not get to do a "full-out" competition routine each time. What Elise seems to want are dances where the "inexperienced" are expected (told) to just sit down and watch. Well, gee, maybe I want to practice that particular dance at a level that is "full-out" for me, but, no - I'm not welcome on the floor at that time? To me, that isn't the same thing as sitting out a dance such as PD because I haven't bothered to learn it. It's my choice not to learn it, and it's my choice to sit it out. Sure, I'll watch and see what I can learn - but it's not because I'm "expected" to sit down and watch better dancers. On the same note, if, say, Katusha and Arunas were ever social dancing among the riff-raff like me, maybe I would stop, sit down, and watch and learn - maybe I wouldn't. But that would be MY choice, not theirs.