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« on: July 30, 2010, 12:09:28 PM »

Since we have a "why do you compete" thread, I thought I'd add this one to get the other side of the story.
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2010, 01:09:30 PM »

I guess I have to be quiet here, least for now Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2010, 01:54:45 AM »

I dont compete at the moment because of injury.....will be interesting to hear from some who choose not too. but i would guess that some considerations would be cost, time and the pressure that is put on by yourself or others.
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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2010, 06:35:41 AM »

At the moment...other stresses and wanting to focus on school.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2010, 07:33:52 PM »

its a lesson - unless you want to make dance your career (not easy) then your career determines how much you can actually dance ...
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2010, 08:56:25 PM »

its a lesson - unless you want to make dance your career (not easy) then your career determines how much you can actually dance ...

Yes. you see those that are passionate about their chosen interest, be it viloin......piano, dance.....horse riding. they eat breath and sleep it.....and still do well at school, they are most disciplined....I often wonder if they can maitain that thrughout their lives.....but I do admire them
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2013, 09:10:40 PM »

Hmm.  There's nobody in this thread who actually doesn't compete ...or at least there wasn't until now.

Because individual competition is not how I am wired. (Team competition maybe, but I've rarely found anything like that in the pro-am, adult dance world.)   Competing gives me no emotional payoff and it costs tons more than showcases, which I actually like.   I couldn't care less how my dancing compares to anybody else's.  I only care how it compares to mine,and I don't need a comp to tell me that.  *shrug*


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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013, 10:02:36 PM »

I don't compete... not now anyhow
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2013, 06:21:44 AM »

Hmm.  I read this thread as going after understanding the psychology of people who don't want to compete, rather than getting explanations from competitors who are on hiatus for some reason.

Maybe I misread things ...
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2013, 11:05:09 PM »

I believe you are right but having a break is also a reason for not competing. but still always good to hear why people dont.
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« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2013, 05:42:04 AM »

Hmm.  I read this thread as going after understanding the psychology of people who don't want to compete, rather than getting explanations from competitors who are on hiatus for some reason.

Maybe I misread things ...
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« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2013, 08:20:30 PM »

Well.  Chiming in from the peanut gallery to represent those who choose non-competitive dance, I suppose I'll say a few things.  I have tried (fairly low level) pro-am competitive dance and did not enjoy it.  At all. I am just not wired to compete one-on-one against other people.  My dancing is about two things.  One: goal oriented achievement.  Two: fun.

One: I'm pretty self motivated, so setting dance goals just kind of comes naturally.  Also , there are others avenues through which I can get external motivation to improve my dance, such as formations and showcases.

Two: there's nothing about a dance comp that I find fun (other than spectating  Grin )    I lie.  I like the performance aspect of it.  But the randomness of being compared to whoever else happened to sign up is like trying to hit a moving target. Besides.  I don't really care about how my dancing compares to anyone else's. I care about how it compares to what my dancing used to be.
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« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2013, 09:39:45 PM »

yes, but that comparison is not available so you try to get an idea by competing against the random field.  Actually, its not usuallyrandom at all as most comps are local so you have the same couples competing.  I loved that aspect, sometimes we'd win sometimes they would...

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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2013, 02:39:19 AM »

well as someone who does compete I don't find it alien at all and really enjoy the entertaining aspect of competing. It is a show and I like to give the public  a good show. But grant that is not for everyone. Just like other areas of life we are all different and that is a good thing Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2013, 08:35:34 AM »

yes, but that comparison is not available so you try to get an idea by competing against the random field.  Actually, its not usuallyrandom at all as most comps are local so you have the same couples competing.  I loved that aspect, sometimes we'd win sometimes they would...

I miss AM!

That's why I like ttd's suggestion (oops.  Was it ttd or Q?) of making videos of oneself doing the same choreography at some interval, months or years apart.  Then you would be able to see your progress by comparing yourself to yourself, side by side.
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