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 on: June 28, 2015, 04:39:00 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
Very well said Some Guy.

I spend thousands of $$$ with teachers that only knew part of the truth. My later dance Mother and Father were more expensive however I learned in days what I have spend years trying to grasp.

I would say look for quality and not for price or quantity. 


 on: June 28, 2015, 04:32:02 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
 I know that several of my coaches would never take in a student without referral and without a ranking at any of the 3 british grand-slam competitions. I know that with some of my coaches that they would not take in couples that they didn't like the attitude of or couples that were having success and they as a coach didn't like their dancing. It also used to be that it was impossible to get in with a coach of a another family than you unless your family requested it for you.

Today it is not as closed and difficult to get lessons with great coaches. You will probably have an easier time getting lessons with good coaches if you can be referred by a student they already teach an like teaching. So use your personal network to get lessons with the professionals you would like to have lessons with.

Most great teachers do not teach group lessons however they might do lectures.

I would say is pick the coach you would like to work with then find out if anybody in your network work with that coach and ask them if they would help you get a foot in the door.

Good luck!


 on: June 28, 2015, 04:21:24 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
I don't a problem with amateurs teaching however I would suggest it is like the system used to be in Europe. An amateur was only allowed to teach student up to 2 levels below them and only under the guidance of a professional. Also there should be a payment scale that is lower than the professional. It should in other words be under an apprentice system.

This way there some quality commitments to the profession.


 on: June 28, 2015, 04:15:26 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
If you have been taught how to look at videos then it can be a great teaching tool. However if you don't know or understand what you are looking for it could ruin your dancing.


 on: June 28, 2015, 04:05:53 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
Great dancing is an inside job!

There are several reasons to having a coach or coaching lessons.

1) A third eye
2) It is impossible to see what is going on within the body unless you have a trained eye.
3) Video's and mirror only gives part of a truth and without a trained eye you can only see big mistakes
4) A trained eye can see what causes the issue
5) A well trained coach understands how to correct the issue
6) A well trained coach can help the pro in a pro/am situation how to feel when the issue reappears
7) A well trained coach can help the pro deal with the issue and even correct it (from the feel)

There are many other reasons.... my mind just can't think of any more this very moment.


 on: June 28, 2015, 03:54:17 PM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
When it comes to the fame with a height difference then the taller person makes the most adjustments.

The frame is not a fixed and strong contraption that you put on even if there are such contraptions on the market.

The two main things that are important with the frame is that it allows for both to dance their maximum and that it creates a look that is acceptable to the trained eye. Remember that there are a lot of things that can be done that the untrained eye would never see and that would make it feel great and create a look that appears correct. Each couple have a unique hold even if there are basic principles that are constant in all frames.

So in short a well produced frame should have no adverse effect on the couples ability to dance well and the look of harmony would also be present. 


 on: June 28, 2015, 03:37:27 PM 
Started by phoenix13 - Last post by Dora-Satya Veda
I would say the best way to develop stamina for dancing is to dance. Either dance socially or do rounds in a practice setting.

 on: June 27, 2015, 02:43:57 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
I'm gonna have to go with the ol', "money talks", reason.  The U.S. is a veritable gold mine as far as funding for ballroom is concerned. 
but there are so few competitions compared with europe and russia for example - at least as assessed by DSI. 

I started a new topic on this:

 on: June 27, 2015, 02:42:27 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
If you select 'compare couples' on the DSI home page you can also pick the style, age group/am or pro and also the country - so with that you can get an aproximate count of the number of competitors in each country.

Thus, if you select amateur ballroom in Russia you get 407 whereas in the US there are 131 and 176 in England.  Quite surprising - but confirms my suspicion that ballroom is not nearly as strong in the US as the results are.

China and Japan only have 19 and 11 respectively!

 on: June 27, 2015, 02:34:50 AM 
Started by elisedance - Last post by elisedance
How many competitors are there in different countries - and how does that relate to success?

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