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    Who decides what competitions to attend?

    The question is about competing pro/am. I have a good idea what comps I would like to do, but it seems like my pro has his own list that doesn't agree with mine. For example, he wants me to go to this one-day competition that would require travel by plane and staying in a hotel a few nights. I...
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    Partner tryout/first lesson

    Out of the blue, my instructor offered to introduce me to a potential dance partner. I agreed and our first lesson is coming soon. This will be the first time we actually meet and talk, so it will be sort of tryout mixed with talking under the supervision of the instructor. I had two partners...
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    Holiday blues...

    Holiday blues hit me harder than usual this year and I am also gaining much unnecessary weight. Can't wait for the normality to return in a few days. How do you deal with this season, dancers? I mean yes, I know it's important to stay busy, keep excercising , control alcohol, watch calories...
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    Mental focus vs muscle memory

    At this point of my journey in ballroom, I am realizing I lack mental focus to execute all the technical details my teacher tells me to do while I dance. I can do it for 2-3 figures and then unconsciously go back to old/incorrect habits/muscle memory. Quite often, I totally realize I am doing...
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    Let's talk about cancellation policy

    That's what I am planning to say to my pro when I see him next time: let's talk about cancellation policy. Do you have such policy with your teachers/students? I rarely cancel, and when I do, it's usually something serious, like emergency room visits for myself or family members. He, on the...
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    Regress

    Is it common to go through what may feel like a regress (as in opposite to progress) in your ballroom dancing? I've been taking more lessons, exercising more (yoga and general gym classes), yet I feel I am dancing worse than 6 months ago. I specifically feel lack of balance recently and overall...
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    Does your teacher always have a lesson plan?

    I feel that my pro has a lesson plan for me about 50% of the time. I can't tell for sure, but sometimes I feel like he is not totally prepared and I need to remind him what we were working on last week. We focus exclusively on technique, not choreography or steps, and I admit it takes time for...
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    When you watch your dance videos

    I wonder what do you notice most when you watch yourself dance on a video? What mistakes/flaws jump at you right away? I notice that I don't stretch enough, everything looks smaller than what I actually felt dancing, like I don't push myself enough. Also, behind music/not on music sometimes...
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    Foot weight transfer and smooth movement in Standard

    Can we talk about this again? Seems like every teacher has their own approach to teaching this smooth never ending wave of motion that is very difficult to create. I am struggling not to move in a jerky kind of way when I transfer my weight from one foot to another in foxtrot. I am working on it...
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    How to handle partner search/change

    This is also about importance of equality in dance partnership. For whatever reason, and maybe because I tend to jump into dance partnerships too soon, all my three amateur competitive partnerships were with guys who were either much older, or much younger, came from different dance background...
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    Shaping in Standard

    So we went back to learning about shaping today with our female coach and I think I am getting the concept, but I am confused a bit and it contradicts what I had learned before from a male coach... the whole thing about... (hmm)... where your boobs are... What I learned before was "give your...
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    What to focus on in Standard?

    Our instructors tell me I need to focus on my frame, bigger movement and cleaner footwork to advance to the next level in standard. I find it difficult to focus on all three at the same time, so while I am trying to keep my frame nice and pretty, my footwork becomes sloppy, and making bigger...
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    practice time with partner issue

    I know there are multiple threads on this, but I can't find any now. My competitive partner is quite reluctant to practice regularly, we get 1-2 hours per week and I think it's not enough. Can we seriously get anywhere with that much practice time? I feel I'm nagging every time I ask him to...
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    Questions to pro/am dancers

    Hello fellow dancers! I've been enjoying reading all the posts here, but this is my first own post! I have questions to am dancers who do pro/am. I myself may compete this year with my teacher, so I've been curious about few things. 1. what attracts you to pro/am and why do you keep...