Maybe its more stark when you've done both pro-am and am - and when you go from the latter to the former. As an am you have some respect from judges etc. As a pro-am not much if any. Indeed alot of the pros think of pro-am just as a funding for real dancing.. I don't think that does justice to the serious pro-amers - nor to these dance partnerships (like it or not, thats what they are on the dance floor). And labeling the am as a student just reinforces this conception of a beginner dancing with an expert. And yet the same beginner can be individually accomplished if she/he steps out on the floor with an AM.
It does bother me. But thats not the purpose of the Pro-Am page - thats just a place for pro-amers to congregate and share opinions. Not that its really happened!