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 on: October 05, 2014, 11:12:56 AM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by elisedance
Shocked  and think of all the dancers she ruined.
I hope she gave them their money back.... Tongue

 on: October 02, 2014, 02:35:21 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
Wow, QPO, you go girl!!!!

 on: October 02, 2014, 02:28:34 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Rugby
I have a friend who is a dance teacher.  She never had her couples dance in contact so that nobody will feel uncomfortable by touching in what she considered an inappropriate way.  She was taught that the man and woman should not have their bodies touch at all, especially below the waist.  The problem is that for some it will work but I noticed that the men, in their attempts to lead the lady, would use their right arm like a vice grip which resulted in the lady being pulled in to the man.  They kept no contact below but her boobs were basically crushed into him.  On the other hand I would notice the ladies lean in and do a death grip on the man to try and feel where he was going.  Again this would result in the ladies chest against the man.  So, in the attempt to not have any inappropriate contact they ended up with really inappropriate contact but also not being able to dance properly.  I would say at least 3/4 of the couples ended up like this.  She has now changed her mind and realized that it would be better to teach body contact.  In the last month she says her students are happier, can dance much easier and have found that the body contact is an advantage. 

 on: September 28, 2014, 08:23:25 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
now that will be special Cheesy... there has to be life after competing and that will be assiting others on their journey
That's lovely Smiley

 on: September 28, 2014, 06:47:39 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
now that will be special Cheesy... there has to be life after competing and that will be assiting others on their journey

 on: September 27, 2014, 05:38:18 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
Coach and pupil?  Which will be which? Tongue

 on: September 27, 2014, 01:08:24 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by QPO
just back  from another interstate comp, Were very happy with our results, we made three finals. Two on the Saturday and only danced the 8 dance on the Sunday (which is four Standard and four New Vogue).

We finished 5th in the New Vogue 6th in the Modern and 7th in the 8 Dance.

We have manage to finish most of the years in Finals more in New Vogue than Standard, but Standard is our first love Cheesy. The good thing about new Vogue it can be so expressive and  that is a great thing. We have worked hard on both styles  and I think that it does show particularly when I look at the photos, they are more consistent and not too many duds. Cheesy

Our next major event is in a few weeks at home so no travel now until October but later. After that there is only one left. We will have participated in a total of 15  competitions this year so more than one per month. Exciting is that we will go on the floor at the next local comp doing Coach and Pupil Cheesy

 on: September 09, 2014, 10:02:40 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
Nice to hear an 'insider' view.  I really think that most people are honest and are trying to do their best.  But they are also human with the same foibles.  A really corrupt judge is very rare.

 on: September 09, 2014, 02:25:38 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Rugby
I agree.  I was just talking about this with some people.  They wondered how the same top couples would get different placings at different comps.  I was saying that it was not always due to politics but rather what the individual judges thought were most important in a dancer.  If you have a technique first judge then he will forgive lack of presentation over better technique.  If you have a judge that likes presentation or is swayed by it then they will judge the couples with stronger presentation over technique.  I have talked to darn near all the judges in Ontario and some from Quebec and got to know what they preferred.  During the competition I could almost tell who was going to get what and it would also very much answer some of the reasons why the marks could be so far apart or so different depending on the judging panel.  I remember that if we had a strong "Presentation" panel we would make that a focus at the comp. 
Now that I am around the judges a lot I have gotten to learn why they mark down particular couples and why they put up others.  I would say the majority of times it was not political or some such thing but due to a personal preferance.  Other times a couple was marked down because they had moved up to the next level but did not in time show improvement on something such as still taking heel leads where it should be toe.     

 on: September 09, 2014, 07:32:37 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
I think some of the judges need to explain their marks.  It should be interesting.   
yes, but we have to be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.  A judge may just call it as they see it - and that call may correspond to the students they have taught.  Indeed, there is that likelihood since those students are dancing as the judge thinks is correct.

There is not always corruption just be cause the scores follow a possibly predicted pattern.

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