So are you guys quitting cold turkey or just taking a break for a while? I think you mentioned doing some teaching as a possibility.
I think a break is better. need to regroup I think we have the six year itch! not getting the results that you would like, questioning the expense to the results is a dangerous thing
For sure - but that's true of every thing we choose to do in life. The only important question really is how much do you need to do it? I struggled with that too when deciding to stop competing - basically, "is dance something I must have, or is it something I can live without?"
If its something you must have then, really, results should be immaterial. I competed against a couple that came last. Always came last - indeed I doubt they ever got more than one or two call backs - but they kept on because they loved it. And when you come down to it thats what any art form should be, something you are compelled to do, something you would continue to do even if you were locked in a prison and noone could see your art.