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« on: February 21, 2011, 05:28:24 PM »

Elise suggested in the sharing-the-floor topic that it would be nice if socials would announce the occasional dance as being intended for competitive couples.  I like the basic idea, but I have an alternate suggestion that avoids anyone getting the idea that they aren't welcome on the floor (I know that's not the intent, but it always comes across to someone that way). 

We have a break of 10 minutes or so between hours during our socials, and sometimes we let people who want to try out their show routines in front of an audience dance them during the break.  We could do the same thing except make it like a comp heat (no judges of course) with four or five couples running through their comp routines.  So it's an exhibition, but a comp exhibition.  If it's done during the break period, than everyone else gets the message that they should sit back and enjoy, without anyone getting their feelings hurt.  It gives the competitive dancers a chance to stretch out a bit without running the risk of knocking anyone down, and usually the less experienced dancers enjoy the experience of watching it live.  (HDTV notwithstanding, watching it on TV isn't quite the same.)  And it would benefit the newbies by showing them a bit about how a comp works; an announcer could explain a bit about what's going to happen and what to watch for.  Do say two dances, 60-90 seconds of one category (e.g., waltz and foxtrot, or ECS and WCS).  Couples who wanted to could even bring their comp outfits and change into them for the exhibition. 
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 11:12:44 AM »

One studio I know has this format to their showcase. They run them like a competition without judges, with heats, and limited number of couples on the floor. So, a competitive couple can dance all out, but still has to use floorcraft. They also have solos section, usually in the end of the showcase, after everyone not doing a solo is done with their heats and got their refreshments.
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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011, 12:45:27 PM »

i think that's a great practice, cornutt.

there was a chinese instructor who would periodically manage socials while my primary instructor & his partner were away, and he would give little mini-showdances, highlighting his students, at each one. i thought it was a great way to show off their progress, and to show the attendees what they could also aspire to with some private lessons, if they had never tried them. Smiley

if i were there he would usually ask me to do one of these little showdances with him as well, with no rehearsal, no experience with each other at all, and even for just the short, unchoreo'd dance we would execute, i really valued those experiences as they put me on the spot to really pull my skills together... be in the moment, follow, adjust, be sensitive, all while being watched.

i would love to see more of this practice. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2011, 02:00:46 PM »

Up to recently we were not allowed to do showcases without getting permission from the AM organization - but that rule has been relaxed now and I think we can even get a small payment.  I would have thought it would make the evening much more interesting if you get to see some high-level dancing but would love to hear from social dancers whether they agree - perhaps they would rather have the floor time to themselves and not have to sit out a dance or two.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2011, 07:50:09 PM »

hang on a sec... why couldn't you do a showcase? seriously? i wonder what the justification was for that!
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« Reply #5 on: February 24, 2011, 11:21:03 PM »

I think one term comes to mind: control freak
If I showed a beginner how to do a step - even without any money changing hands - technically, I could get banned from the AM organization for teaching. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2011, 06:39:50 AM »

they don,t have that rule here.... very relaxed......I wonder who would challenge you doing a showcase.....another competitor , then it would look like sour grapes.
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 08:35:15 AM »

they don,t have that rule here.... very relaxed......I wonder who would challenge you doing a showcase.....another competitor , then it would look like sour grapes.

some people are very competitive - actually I think there are few who would report - excpet, that is, if you treated your peers badly
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2011, 02:24:32 PM »

huh, interesting. performing a showdance is just... dancing while others watch, not teaching. that seems like quite a stretch to justify it as violating amateur status.

how can one be a dancer and not dance while others watch? crikey. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2011, 05:21:01 PM »

When I go out to dance, I want to dance, not watch others perform; I can watch performances on TV, at competitions, in theatres.

I don't enjoy paying money to get into a dance venue and then have to sit and watch others have fun. I don't go to be entertained, I wanna dance!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 06:31:49 PM »

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When I go out to dance, I want to dance, not watch others perform; I can watch performances on TV, at competitions, in theatres.

I don't enjoy paying money to get into a dance venue and then have to sit and watch others have fun. I don't go to be entertained, I wanna dance!!!!

Thats exactly what I wondered - and I think thats a reasonable attlitude.  Here it is usuall for the dance hall to serve a light dinner - so thats a natural time for a showcase, I don't think many people would mind. 
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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2011, 08:10:55 PM »

well it depends if it is a one off and or a regular thing. I know people here are happy to watch 5/10 minutes performance that is not long and often it is done in a supper break.

It is the same as going to a social and they have someone do their medals. I dont mind either but not four off them as that takes an hour, I get cold and find it very difficult to get started again Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2011, 09:37:24 AM »

Most of our social dances have a light buffet "lunch break" at around 10 p.m. or so; that's when the handful of serious dancers get out on the empty floor and have a blast. An obliging dj will throw on some of the more lovely waltz, foxtrot, sambas, tangos so we can really move around the floor.
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« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2011, 09:48:18 AM »

Most of our social dances have a light buffet "lunch break" at around 10 p.m. or so; that's when the handful of serious dancers get out on the empty floor and have a blast. An obliging dj will throw on some of the more lovely waltz, foxtrot, sambas, tangos so we can really move around the floor.

That works well (here too) because then noone feels excluded from the floor...
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« Reply #14 on: June 30, 2013, 05:08:31 AM »

I think I misunderstood the original topic. I thougt cornutt was suggesting that studios schedule a short competition round during a social.   To me,that's different than scheduling a showdance or two during the evening.

I've seen many,if not most studios that I attend,schedule a showdance during socials. I like the practice as long as it's not overdone.  It's good for the students and everyone gets their turn eventually.

As for running competition rounds, I think that could work, as well, and might actually alleviate any problems from having both competitive and social dancers on the floor at the same time.

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