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phoenix13
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2013, 08:11:06 PM »

I get the feeling that amateur partnerships are a lot like frictional unemployment. There are people out there who are perfectly good matches.  They just can't find each other because the current matching system doesn't work well. *sigh*
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« Reply #16 on: August 22, 2013, 05:45:44 AM »

Well when you've spent years looking you realize that the dream is unresolvable because they really are not there, at least for adults.  Of course my height and level combined with age are factors that reduce the possibilities to ~0.
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« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2013, 10:42:15 PM »

Back on topic. While it is possible to have a long-distance relationship, and many people are successful with that, I am now located in the same town as my pro and it makes a noticeable difference to me. The lessons are much better because no one is tight from a 2+ hour drive, I can spread them out (like do 1 hour several days a week instead of doing 2 hours twice a week), I can go to an advanced group class that he teaches. So this makes for a much better dance situation than my previous arrangement.
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« Reply #18 on: August 23, 2013, 03:50:51 AM »

sounds good.  I can't think of any advantages to a distant partnership - perhaps if you have a secret lover in the same city  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2013, 08:37:38 AM »

sounds good.  I can't think of any advantages to a distant partnership - perhaps if you have a secret lover in the same city  Grin

Well, in my case, an obvious advantage was that I competed with and took lessons from someone better than anyone who lived in my town. And there are still a number of competitve dancers where I used to live who still do same thing as i did: they drive 2 hours for their pro-am lessons. But shotening the dance commute was on the list of positives for my current location.
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2013, 11:47:17 AM »

I guess I miswrote a bit - I meant advantage to having your (the same) pro far away or nearby - the point you make is of course critical since your desired pro may simply be too far away to make it practical.
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2013, 03:57:13 PM »

I guess I miswrote a bit - I meant advantage to having your (the same) pro far away or nearby - the point you make is of course critical since your desired pro may simply be too far away to make it practical.
All other things being equal, obviously it's better not to have the commute. But sometimes (and it's probably especially true in smaller communities removed from bigger population hubs), further away = better.

And really, I hate to be so specific, because you can easily guess who I'm talking about, but there are dancers based in stl,mo area whose very well-known pros are based in nashville. That's a 5+ hour drive. Stl area has good pros of both genders, and afaik those ams take lessons from them sometimes, but they still choose to compete with those other pros.
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« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2013, 04:09:02 PM »

which comes back to the question why - and to what extent the qualifications of the pro determine the result.
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« Reply #23 on: August 23, 2013, 08:17:39 PM »

which comes back to the question why - and to what extent the qualifications of the pro determine the result.
FWIW, one person in question, when she chooses to dance down in age, beats me. But she's also been doing open for a lot longer than I have.
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« Reply #24 on: August 23, 2013, 10:44:17 PM »

which comes back to the question why - and to what extent the qualifications of the pro determine the result.
FWIW, one person in question, when she chooses to dance down in age, beats me. But she's also been doing open for a lot longer than I have.
Some strong dancers look for more competition - or maybe they don't want to admit their age Wink 
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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2015, 11:51:52 AM »

As I think back over the course of my competitive dance career most of it was Pro/Am.  Because of always being petite it was difficult finding boy partners when I was young who didn't tower over me.  As an adult it was just about the same.

My first "partner" was my dad, as a father/daughter entry (yep, they had this stuff back in the day) and that was loads of fun!  Then I had a little boy partner until he shot up to be heads and shoulders taller.  That's when I started pro/am.  It was different when my parents needed to drive me to the studio as I was too young to drive, but we also had many studios in the area to choose from and they made the choice of whom I was to dance with for me.

As I was older and out driving on my own I began looking farther afield for someone higher up and out on the circuit.  My choices had to do with (at first) stature and knowledge with the ability to teach me what I needed to know.  Even though driving into Manhattan wasn't far, it could take forever sometimes.  Traffic could be a nightmare, but it was well worth the trip.  On my final leg of my journey I was fortunate to fins a pro/am pro well qualified back in my home state of New Jersey to suit me at the time.  Traffic could still be a challenge, but tolls were cheaper and the trip less of an effort.

The coaching became the thing then... Traveling to SW London 3-4 times a year with Blackpool for the Open added in...

How far will you go?  As far as you wan to I guess...
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