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« on: December 14, 2009, 06:08:05 AM »

Several couples have noted that their results are different when they go to distant as compared to local competitions.  Whats your take?  Is this the case?  Why? Which do you prefer?
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009, 03:15:35 AM »

well depends on the amount to competitors and the standard.  In our state we have so few and they are not all at the higher level. going interstate allows us to lift ourself to a higher level. Even though we try really hard at home and away...But you get to observe the better dance and how they perform....getting a visual  of something your coach may tell you often...

For us it is essential to the betterment of our dancing.
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009, 09:35:16 AM »

I like the travelling side of things.  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009, 09:52:38 AM »

depends on the level of local couples for distance comps, if the judges in the distance locations know you or recognize you, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2009, 07:26:03 AM »

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depends on the level of local couples for distance comps, if the judges in the distance locations know you or recognize you, etc.
I think for most of us its the opposite - we got to distant comps so that the judges DON'T recognize us and judge us for our dancing and not for their preconceived notions ....
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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2009, 07:31:53 PM »

I think
depends on the level of local couples for distance comps, if the judges in the distance locations know you or recognize you, etc.
I think for most of us its the opposite - we got to distant comps so that the judges DON'T recognize us and judge us for our dancing and not for their preconceived notions ....

That's about it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2009, 03:04:04 PM »

It's interesting you mentioned that travel to remote area where no one knows you for a more objective judging. Just at some instance, just noticed sometimes local couples have some advantages...local couples sometimes got marked slightly higher than distance couples in the same level because of recognition, not everytime though, just sometimes.
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2009, 05:38:20 PM »

I think thats also true - but at least you don't get marked down because of local antipathy.  Thus, its a lack of positives not active negatives...
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2009, 07:46:20 PM »

I think it can work both ways....depends on the size of the competition, but I believe in 95% of cases they do give it to the right person
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2010, 03:22:17 PM »

I am kinda thinking of this right now. Obviously as a pro-am dancer, I have to choose the competitions my teacher goes to. But out of those, I can pick the ones that are within a driving distance (sort of, 11 hours is my max, more than that and I am flying), or some that are further away, i.e. on one of the coasts.

For the ones that involve airfare, at this point in my life, I have an additional expense (on the top of all others) of airfare for my son. I am not sure that he is old enough to stay all by himself for more than overnight when I am further than 2 hours away (maybe he is, but I don't want to find out he isn't a hard way). Moreover, he is now too old to allow me to share a room with another lady and cut down on expenses this way. I am considering a more distant competition for this summer and I am just wondering if it is worth the aggravation of a) arranging to have someone keep an eye on the "baby" while I am gone for the weekend or b) paying extra airfare for an obnoxious teenager.

So I am wondering - how important is it to get seen by judges outside of the area? When I go someplace like OSB, the judges who don't mark me tend to be the ones who are from one of the coasts and do not usually judge medium-sized Midwestern comps.
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2010, 03:32:55 PM »

Great question - but why not raise it on the 'judging' topic too?
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2010, 05:59:59 PM »

Another issue is that you can go out of province to find that the judges there like to "mark" or "promoter" their own.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2010, 06:06:50 PM »

I think thats particularly an issue for pros - there can be a lot of partisanship....
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« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2010, 07:12:10 AM »

Don't like waking up early!
Going to a regional comp tomorrow, the comp starts at 11 and I have to get up at 6.  Angry
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2010, 07:32:33 AM »

poor you..
now don't have any fun will you?  Tongue
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