US Pro/Am Dance Championships

Larinda McRaven

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#42
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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Larinda McRaven

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#43
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.
 

nikkitta

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#44
"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?)
 

Hedwaite

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#45
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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FancyFeet

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#49
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!
 
#50
The Mixed Social Ease category actually sounds pretty awesome. Make it an am/am event and I would totally do it. :)
What is Social Ease?
The Social Ease Category is "Dancing in the Real World." It means dancing on small, crowded dance floors, with music which is not necessarily strict tempo. Dancing at the studio with your own instructor is easy and comfortable, but when we enter the "real" dance world, things change. We find inconsiderate waiters making their way through the dance floor with food/drinks. Drunk people staggering about, people smoking, talking loudly on their cell phones, and so many other distractions which can make dancing so much more difficult. In the Social Ease category, the student is graded on their ability to lead/follow amid all this confusion. Their posture and footwork should remain neat. The ability to understand rhythm and timing is of utmost importance. The idea of this particular competition phase is to still look good and have fun without lots of tricky or fancy steps in a real world situation. The Social Ease category is one of most popular dance categories we have ever presented. Not only is it a wonderful learning and educational experience, it's a great way to win scholarships, teacher bonuses AND have fun! In the Regular Social Ease, the student dances with their own instructor and receives a $50. 1st place scholarship. In the MIXED Social Ease category, the student dances with someone other than their regular teacher and receives $25. Scholarship for 1st place and a $25. teacher bonus for the instructor.
 

Bailamosdance

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#51
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!
 

jump'n'jive

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#52
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.
 

Larinda McRaven

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#53
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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Hedwaite

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#55
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.
 

dbk

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#56
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.
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.
 

Larinda McRaven

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#59
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.
 

Hedwaite

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#60
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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