Ballroom Dance > New here, few questions!

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Lily84, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Lily84

    Lily84 New Member

    Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum and pretty new to dancing too. I have a couple of questions and any information is welcome!

    1) At competitions do dancers compete in both Latin and Ballroom? Or do they specialise in one or the other? Does this change at more advance levels of competition?

    2) Any UK suppliers of dance wear? Everything I seem to find is either from overseas and I am a little dubious on the quality, but then again I am new and this might not be the case.

    Sorry if these seem silly questions, forgive the newbie! :(
  2. MaggieMoves

    MaggieMoves Well-Known Member

    Welcome! I'll help out the first one:

    Generally dancers specialize in one particular style of dance to compete in. Usually it would be Latin or Ballroom, or here on the US, they have the option of doing Rhythm and Smooth too. Dancers that compete in 2 styles are generally rare, but they do exist. Dancers that compete in both Latin and Ballroom are generally considered "10 dancers," whereas dancers that compete in both Rhythm and Smooth are "9 dancers," both referring to the number of dances they compete in.

    "10 dancers" Gherman Mustuc & Iveta Lukosiute

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  3. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Some competitors do one style, all 4 styles or anything in between.

    Common combinations are doing rhythm and smooth or standard and Latin...but there are some that also do rhythm and Latin or smooth and standard. Very rare to find someone who does rhythm and standard tho! As the levels get more advanced, it's hard to stay competitive if you are doing a lot of styles, so in the open divisions, most will do one to two styles.

    Most competitors get their competitive dance wear from US based companies. There are cheaper deals getting costumes overseas but they just aren't as nice as the US based companies, IMV.
  4. tangotime

    tangotime Well-Known Member

    Go to each of these UK sites.... ISTD.. IDTA and the UKA. these are the major Soc. that may have info.
  5. UKTenDancer

    UKTenDancer New Member

    I think in the UK whether people choose to do Ballroom and/or Latin has a lot to do with their age and proficiency level. To generalise it seems to me that children and beginners, novices and intermediates tend to do both where as top amateurs and professionals tend to choose one or the other. Many exceptions exist. If you are asking because you are trying to choose then I would say you should do what you want to.

    In terms of clothing suppliers there are many in the UK but to those who are just starting to dance they are hard to find. The longer you are on the scene the more chance you get to meet fellow dancers and ask them where they buy their costumes. Two of the largest suppliers in the UK are DSI London and Chrisanne Clover. They have a wide range of Ballroom and Latin clothing. If you are thinking of some other dance style they might not offer the same degree of choice.

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