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 11 
 on: September 02, 2014, 03:30:27 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
...I still think that they should not work with any competitors at least three month prior to the comp.
...but that cuts into their income and could make them loose clients (who would go elsewhere) so I think its too severe

 12 
 on: September 02, 2014, 03:08:27 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy
However, my comment on truer words was for you, QPO.  You mentioned absorbing the music and dancing to the music.  That's deep. 

The common trend is to add a layer of "count", a constantly moving target, to the music, which has a tendency to remove all musicality.  The interaction between the count and the body takes center stage, and the direct connection between the music and the body is severed.  People who don't count, on the other hand, and let the music do the counting for them, are able to connect directly to the music.  The body is in motion within the music, effectively making the music stationary.  No need to chase a stationary target.  That way, there's no such thing as music being "too fast" or "too slow".  Music just is.

The concept of counting, I think, does the most damage to limit any kind of connection with the music.  One doesn't count while singing, one doesn't count while listening to mentally keep up with the music and enjoy it.  So the concept of counting while dancing is mind boggling, unless of course, they want to give themselves a constantly moving target.  Listening to music, then counting to it, and then trying to dance to the count while listening to the music, "...is like trying to hit a bullet with a smaller bullet, whilst wearing a blindfold, riding a horse" – Montgomery Scott, 2258 (Star Trek).

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 on: September 02, 2014, 02:49:45 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy
We usually are, it's just that we find out later into the conversation that we're looking at an asymmetrical object from two different angles and claiming that one is not seeing what the other is seeing.   Grin

 14 
 on: September 02, 2014, 09:21:23 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
Truer words... Wink

I love it when they are on the same page. Grin

 15 
 on: September 02, 2014, 09:20:29 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
We danced on the week-end and got third places all round. one couple who came from interstate always do quite well on the national scene  so they expected to place higher but they came last. a couple in our age category, that if we dance national never get out of the rounds into a semi and we make finals and they get second place here. I try not to let it worry me anymore,I just have to make the divide so big that it will make the judges look silly.  Roll Eyes

 16 
 on: August 27, 2014, 01:45:37 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
I would love to have it where they have to make known who they work with.  I still think that they should not work with any competitors at least three month prior to the comp.

 17 
 on: August 27, 2014, 01:30:18 AM 
Started by QPO - Last post by Rugby
Interesting enough while the WDSF lets judges judge where they wish and for whom the Canadian WDC group will not allow judges to judge for anyone else but them.  They will punish any judge who judges outside of the WDC.  The members were not given any choice or allowed to make decisions.  They are even trying to tell some comp organzers what they can do at their competitions.   This is what I was afraid of, going from the frying pan to the fire.  What happened to FREEDOM to dance and allowing people to chose where they wanted to go??  All the bitching and preaching and going on and now they turn around and do the same thing now that it is to their advantage?  Worse really since you are affecting people's making a living.  I am so discouraged that when it came down to it they are putting money over the dance.  I was told it was going to be different and a democratic system but this is not happening and they just got started.

 18 
 on: August 19, 2014, 10:34:40 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Some guy
Truer words... Wink

 19 
 on: August 11, 2014, 11:31:38 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
You have to have the attitude that you do your best and the judges have to live with their consciences.  The real problem of course is the organizations that do not warn judges about favoritism.

I've always held that every judge should have to list every couple on the floor that they have given lessons to or been paid for services in the last, say 3 months.  That alone would do wonders to the judging levels, in particular at local comps.

 20 
 on: August 11, 2014, 09:52:54 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
We have now done two comps in a row  The first one was a small local comp and we did not place at all.  It was so disappointing as we dance very well. We always seem to be the public favorite and the comments come back saying  I dont know why you dont place you are the only ones on the floor that dance with such passion. We were so annoyed that we said perhaps we wont dance the local ones any more if they are going to judge that way.

some vindication was that on the week-end just gone we danced in Tasmania and the couple that beat us  at home did not touch us interstate.  But still the results did not again reflect our dancing.  We made both finals for the styles that we do but placed 6 for the Standard and 5th for the New Vogue.  Again I had a competitor come up to me and ask if I was  happy with the results and I said well I cant see the others dance so I dont know, I thought we dance well? He said well I placed you second you danced very well. Another couple came up and said you were robbed. When we looked at the results again one of our local judges was at that comp and again marks us down over her own couples she had three on the floor and other couple that goes to her studio for lessons when they come to our state, they all got the first four marks so the best we got was 5 and then other judges from one state did the same and judges from another area all gave us good marks. So you just dont know how to take that. Undecided  I will just keep doing what I do and have to rely on our coaches, I cant see why I need to shop around have have lessons with eveyone just to get their vote. I either dance good enough or not.

Still we made two finals so I am proud of that  Cool

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