Planning for 2018!

debmc

Well-Known Member
#21
come on.... Anyone here that has ever come up and said HI can attest that I love getting to meet you all!

But seriously what do you want out of competition? Do you want a good city to explore with nightlife or shopping? A state/city you have never been too? Stiff competition? Gentle competition? Competition with good pro-am party? Theme nights?
I've competed a lot so I was curious to see what comps people like. I usually do a mixture of big and small comps, and I often add a couple of days just for vacation if it's in a fun city. I'm not really that into theme nights or ProAm parties though I will do nightclub night for the first time ever just because it looks like fun. I'm willing to travel anywhere if it's for a well run competition.
 

debmc

Well-Known Member
#22
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My biggest complaint with NYDF was how the awards were done. They did them in a private room with no lineup.

They may do things differently now though.

I still would pick Empire or Manhattan over it though if you had to pick an NYC competition.
I've done Manhattan and liked it. I'd like to do Empire too since it's more centrally located.
 

Mr 4 styles

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#24
Ballroom beach bash!!!!! Embassy heritage agree. Millennium agree.

A lot to do on off days at heritage

Beach bash has the added bonus of if you don't like your marks you can spike a volleyball down the judges throats on Sunday morning during trash talk volleyball !!!
 

MaggieMoves

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#25
Ballroom beach bash!!!!! Embassy heritage agree. Millennium agree.

A lot to do on off days at heritage

Beach bash has the added bonus of if you don't like your marks you can spike a volleyball down the judges throats on Sunday morning during trash talk volleyball !!!
I've already heard good things about the Beach Bash. I've always had something that weekend though.
 

singndance

Well-Known Member
#26
I have also heard that Beach Bash is a lot of fun. Everyone I know that has gone loved it. I hope to put it on my list.

I would also like to go to Galaxy, simply because I have always wanted to stay at that Biltmore hotel. Has anyone here been?

I guess I am more into the place and the experience and the thrill of just being able to dance, more than the competition, at this stage of my life.
 

singndance

Well-Known Member
#32
Any opinions about San Francisco Open? I was also looking at that one.
My pro competed with his professional partner there last year, and he spoke very highly of it. We did not schedule it this year only because he did not get enough of his students to sign on to make it cost efficient.
 

Miss Silly

Well-Known Member
#33
Last year was our first year at La Classique and i'm fairly certain it's the largest Canadian comp, for pro-am at least? Nothing close to that size on the west coast for sure. We don't dance pro-am but it was a fabulous comp and I thought the ballroom looked gorgeous.
 

FancyFeet

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#34
So, I'm heavy into 2018 planning... because I apparently can't put it off due to lack of dance motivation any longer. Pro has informed me that I really need to pick so that everyone else can, and has suggested I skip practice this weekend to recharge, chill, and work on my massive spreadsheet. Yes, I do the research, planning and picking... we have (what I've learned from DF is) an unusual arrangement. He does get veto for certain reasons, but so do I, so that's fair :)

Complicating my research: I've been informed that I really shouldn't be competing in Canada anymore... which means goodbye to all of my 'I always do this one' comps. I lobbied for at least one comp in Canada, and Pro agreed, but wants it to be nationals... and doesn't want me to do Classique this year (*sniff* It's my favourite, and the one that coincides nicely with my danciversary which makes it a year-end celebration, but his reasons for recommending I skip it are solid.)

I'm sticking to driveable multi-day comps... so eastern seaboard, really, no further south than Ohio and Virginia... but that's still a lot to research! But some are making it easy, like the one that was in the running as I have friends in that city, but clearly states on their website: "Pro-am scholarships: if less than 5 competitors, vouchers will be given in lieu of cash." Given the size of their fields, that's likely be all of them, and it's new for us (so maybe not repeat visit worthy)... so said comp is off the list.
 

jiwinco

Active Member
#35
But seriously what do you want out of competition? Do you want a good city to explore with nightlife or shopping? A state/city you have never been too? Stiff competition? Gentle competition? Competition with good pro-am party? Theme nights?
This! When I was competing, these were the questions I finally answered. I didn't do some of the comps everyone else did because they weren't what I was looking for. When I picked the comps based on what I wanted I had a terrific time.
 
#38
Makes sense, occurred to me just after I posted. It's too bad. There are a lot of good competitions in Canada (at least in eastern Canada) and much cheaper than in the US!
 

scullystwin42

Well-Known Member
#40
Meh, my planning for 2018 got screwed by my terrible terrible tax guy. I'm going back to doing the taxes myself so that i don't have any more surprises. Wisc State and FINALLY OSB this year.
 

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