Ballroom Dance > US Pro/Am Dance Championships

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Laura, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    It's scary and hilarious at the same time, like an Amway pitch from a stranger at the supermarket. The only thing missing is a stock photo of a BMW.
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  2. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    If one registers as a "pro" at this event (or any really).... and then tries to dance amateur anywhere else... it will come back to haunt you as you try to protest your innocence when someone challenges why you are trying to pass yourself off as an am when obviously you register and compete as a pro.

    It just doesn't make sense to flip flop.
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  3. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    The thing about competition like this is that there is a market for everyone. And obviously LOTS of people... students, teachers, studios... love this event, and Cathy.
  4. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    "registered with the US government as the official United States Pro/Am ballroom dance championships"

    uh, OK. So? (and why is it listed as occurring in BARCELONA SPAIN in August then?)
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  5. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    Valid point and thanks for not being preemptively admonitory and judgmental (I'm sure we all live with some pretty awkward mistakes and bad alliances that we wish we could strike from the past...) of my morbid curiosity and questioning (why don't they just do like every other small comp though, and have an am bracket too? and how can you NOT wonder when you see a site layout from 199Lame?), but in the end, the whole website and the way they assume that any teacher coming across it was interested in immediately pimping themselves out for moneymoneymoney to the point of looking ridiculously comical and desperate was a sufficiently discouraging factor.

    (edited for structure slash clarity)
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  6. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Hed, sending you a PM shortly.
  7. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    Cornutt, thank you for giving me the straight dope.
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  8. novemberecho

    novemberecho Member

    plz share trip report with us :)
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  9. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    That website gave me 15 enjoyably wasted minutes. Good times.

    And wow. As a pro-amer, I now have absolutely zero desire to go to that... except maybe as a spectator, for the sheer entertainment value!
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  10. Terpsichorean Clod

    Terpsichorean Clod Well-Known Member

    The Mixed Social Ease category actually sounds pretty awesome. Make it an am/am event and I would totally do it. :)
  11. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

    I love it! A competition heat with 'drunk people staggering about, people smoking, and talking loudly on their cell phones' on the comp floor while you try to dance thru the 'inconsiderate waiters'. A medal that I would be proud to display on my mantle!
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  12. jump'n'jive

    jump'n'jive Well-Known Member

    I went to one of these in 2007ish I think in Orlando. It was the most rinky dink comp I have ever went to. Giant blow up Christmas lawn ornaments surround the ballroom and stuffed animals on the judges table. It looked like a reception hall you would see on my big fat American gypsy wedding lol.
  13. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    Even though it may be a more social style of competition than what some of us are used to please us the same consideration DF expects when you speak of teachers and studios that cater to a social crowd.
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  14. Bailamosdance

    Bailamosdance Well-Known Member

    Altho candor is most welcomed when talking here… right?
  15. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    It's kind of sad that you'd equate the aforementioned tacky and trappy atmosphere with a social dance, considering social dances don't do any of this romper room crap, either. I don't really see anything "social" about this competition as labeled by the jury here at DF, unless you guys just go to some really weird social venues. It's doing for pro-am dancing what Baz's Strictly Ballroom did for competition, period- it's cartoonizing all the worst aspects of it for laughs.
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  16. dbk

    dbk Well-Known Member

    Theme social dances, maybe. Like, "luau night" with tacky grass skirts and cheap plastic decorations. Totally acceptable for a dorky fun social dance every once in a while... not so much for a competition.
  17. dbk

    dbk Well-Known Member


    From the site:
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  18. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    out of date information unfortunately.
  19. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I will rephrase my post to make hedwaite happy, maybe.

    Even though this competition may be of a different standard than what some of us are used to please speak using the same consideration DF expects when you speak of teachers and studios that cater to a crowd with different standards.
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  20. Hedwaite

    Hedwaite Well-Known Member

    Exactly, DBK, but I don't feel like that was the point she was trying to get across. Maybe further back-editing will clarify that. It seemed to imply that there was a general notion that all social dance situations were gaudy like that as opposed to certain occasional events like 50's, luau, etc., and maybe it's just professional detachment, but that's really not usually the case. Most socials I've been to have been simple table-cloth and occasional lit candle affairs, whereas competitions are the ones with noisemakers and stray rhinestones everywhere (not that I mind that- I have a whole collection of them I use for when I need one! I've probably saved two dollars in the past five years :-D )

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