I'm not really sure what you mean by this. Perhaps you could clarify, although the rest of your post kind of gives me your viewpoint.
I didn't say they looked down on me but that they looked down on a full-on ballroom technique in a social dancing context - and I am more of a street dancer than a studio dancer, although my style and training reflect both. I tend to get appreciation from both sides.
Actually, I began with street salsa (LA style, inline) dancing, that was my first dance ever. At that time I didn't know about ballroom and I used to dance like any other. One day, I saw a performance of mambo that completely transcended me. The dancers borrowed most of their technique from ballroom. Since that day, I'm a ballroom evangelist.
I always perform ballroom when I dance in social events or trainings. Most of people are impressed with my technique and I get lots of compliments. Some people are really jealous but I think that happens to all good dancers. Even street instructors tell people not to do it the ballroom way which would make their students look better than them. In addition, people have in mind that ballroom is for old ones and I partially agree with them. Average ballroom dance lacks of intensity and looks worse than average street dance. That's a fact. And that contributes to the disrespect ballroom dancers get from street dancers. In my case, because I've reached the dancesport level, I get respect from everybody.