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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2013, 06:33:03 PM »

Don't want to step out into too much speculation, here, but, from what I understand, some other countries have much better systems for training young (or even VERY young) dancesport athletes.
but is there a danger there of child abuse?  I mean if a child is channelled into something even if its not something they want to do...
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2013, 06:57:00 PM »

Absolutely there is.  Or at least, I think so.  But what can you do?  There'll always be stage parents out there. 
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« Reply #17 on: May 26, 2013, 07:43:40 PM »

Well some coutnries have less of a stigma on dancing. We have Russian mothers locally that have their boys doing ballroom dancing, not sure if they are forcing them to do so, but they seem  to be more persistent that native born mothers, who see dancing as effeminate...which is such a shame. I have heard my son is not dancing he is a boy and he will play football or cricket!
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« Reply #18 on: May 26, 2013, 11:02:43 PM »

To the original question: there is another world champion - Nadia Effedal (well, sorta. But if you consider Corky Ballas to be world champion, then I guess she is, too).

I think one of the reasons that there are so few of them is because back in the day, the best of the best dancers are all in England. So it really doesn't matter where are you are from, you have to be trained in England (to excel). So in that sense, I think European dancers have some advantages. Now that the dancers are more spread out, I am hoping that in the next 10, 20 years, there will be more American trained dancers.

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« Reply #19 on: May 27, 2013, 12:13:33 AM »

That make a lot of sense.I hadn't thought of that. The good dancers are where the good trainers are. Cool
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« Reply #20 on: May 27, 2013, 12:52:53 AM »

Yes I wondered who Arunas and Katusha use for coaches are they all in England
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« Reply #21 on: May 27, 2013, 05:27:47 AM »

To the original question: there is another world champion - Nadia Effedal (well, sorta. But if you consider Corky Ballas to be world champion, then I guess she is, too).

I think one of the reasons that there are so few of them is because back in the day, the best of the best dancers are all in England. So it really doesn't matter where are you are from, you have to be trained in England (to excel). So in that sense, I think European dancers have some advantages. Now that the dancers are more spread out, I am hoping that in the next 10, 20 years, there will be more American trained dancers.


It was worse than that - the british judges ruled and at one time I don't think it was possible to win a world championship unless you were British in essence being british was a critical element of being a ballroom dancer, so this topic was moot. 
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« Reply #22 on: May 27, 2013, 10:05:16 AM »

What made things start to change?  Does anybody know? Cool
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« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2013, 12:13:24 AM »

I am not sure, but that does sound a bit elitist but having been to Blackpool I have seen it in action by the old guard. you dont have lessons with them well you wont go far....Not sure how true that is but that is definitely the perception.
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« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2013, 02:50:55 AM »

It's human nature I suppose; you vote for the familiar.
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