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« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2012, 12:28:20 PM »

Well, so much for that idea!  Select Pro has decided to stop doing pro-am (too many new admin commitments Undecided ). 

OTOH (I feel like a tennis match) they MAY know of a tall AM or two....

anyone else in your area as an option??
Pro?  One I guess but he's just gone through a personal tragedy so I'll follow up on that in due course.  Else, noone that has the potential to make the finals at OSB.  And if that is a possibility its simply not worth the financial outlay.
What about finding someone down my way? There are some excellent dancers here...

Might seem a PITA at first, having to commute down regularly to train, but it can have it's upsides as well.
Thanks for the thought - but with my lifestyle its just not practical.

I looked up another pro last night - but he's decided pro-am is just not for him.  Wish we had more pros on here giving some insights to this - I wonder if its a growing trend, eschewing pro-am...  [yes, I know it could be me Tongue ]
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« Reply #16 on: February 09, 2012, 05:51:51 PM »

Around here there are some accomplished pros who have retired from pro-am competing and started to judge. And on the other end of spectrum there are some pros who are not particularly good, and so they don't feel like doing it.
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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2012, 10:53:47 PM »

Well, so much for that idea!  Select Pro has decided to stop doing pro-am (too many new admin commitments Undecided ). 

OTOH (I feel like a tennis match) they MAY know of a tall AM or two....

anyone else in your area as an option??
I commute for my lessons and I like it. I use the travel tie to read, watch videos, think about life in general and play on the internet.....in other words, make lemonade!
... Else, noone that has the potential to make the finals at OSB.  And if that is a possibility its simply not worth the financial outlay.
One possibility to consider is having a long-distance pro-am relationship. Fly to NYC or wherever the guy you choose lives, dance together as much as you can over the weekend, then go back.
I do have such a possibility, and a lot closer than NY (I could take a train).... question is, can I get the incentive?  Perhaps if I could practise my violin on the train!
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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2012, 10:56:05 PM »

I'm biting the bullet: AM comp does not appear to be in the stars for me for now - today I try out with a pro-am partner.  He's a terrific dancer and I've taken lessons from him before.  Main issue?  His attitude - is this about making money or about competing as a couple.  There's the rub....

He deserves to be compensated for his time---many pro-am teachers will lower their rate if you are commited to doing  X number of comps ---and are regular with the lessons. This would be the time to do all of DSV's drills!
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2012, 03:37:25 AM »

I'm biting the bullet: AM comp does not appear to be in the stars for me for now - today I try out with a pro-am partner.  He's a terrific dancer and I've taken lessons from him before.  Main issue?  His attitude - is this about making money or about competing as a couple.  There's the rub....

He deserves to be compensated for his time---many pro-am teachers will lower their rate if you are commited to doing  X number of comps ---and are regular with the lessons. This would be the time to do all of DSV's drills!
Its not only about money/time/compensation.  What I'm talking about is attitude: pros vary between doing pro-am solely to make money to as an excuse (if you will) to compete.  Both get paid but you get a heck of a better ride and outcome with the latter than the former.  I have seen both extremes - but I have only worked with the latter - and that really is worth the money!
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2012, 01:35:58 PM »

So an update on my (bit pathetic) dance saga... I'm back with my first pro-am competition partner!

Why?  Well, the one I was taking lessons from (and loved to dance with) won't compete and I have to have a goal.  Also, I'm doing a showcase for my party next week (yes its that close) and I figured it was nuts to spend that much money on something that had no dance future.  So its back to Chris I go.

BTW I was his first pro-am partner and also won my first championship with him.  I'll tell more anon...

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« Reply #21 on: March 18, 2012, 07:50:39 AM »

Wish you well and hope it works out well for you  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: March 18, 2012, 09:43:39 AM »

I'm hoping its a stepping stone to someting more...
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« Reply #23 on: March 18, 2012, 10:09:47 PM »

It willl be good to see you out ont the floor again.
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« Reply #24 on: March 18, 2012, 10:10:46 PM »

Talking about completing a circle.  Funny what life brings and takes you.
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« Reply #25 on: March 19, 2012, 02:25:08 AM »

We've both changed - I was a bit worried that he would treat me as I was then but it was lovely dancing with him.  The big test now is whether he will still dance 'all out' ....
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« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2012, 09:19:29 PM »

We've both changed - I was a bit worried that he would treat me as I was then but it was lovely dancing with him.  The big test now is whether he will still dance 'all out' ....

Why would he not? He is showcasing both you and himself....and I think the professional is under much more scrutiny. Especially being a man (lead). to his detriment if he does not.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #27 on: March 23, 2012, 05:36:05 AM »

We've both changed - I was a bit worried that he would treat me as I was then but it was lovely dancing with him.  The big test now is whether he will still dance 'all out' ....

Why would he not? He is showcasing both you and himself....and I think the professional is under much more scrutiny. Especially being a man (lead). to his detriment if he does not.  Roll Eyes
Because the incentives change.  Its very different dancing with your one partner for a goal and dancing with 10 different partners to in essence fullful a job.   You have to do enough.  Enough is not all out...
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« Reply #28 on: March 24, 2012, 10:28:34 AM »

So an update on my (bit pathetic) dance saga... I'm back with my first pro-am competition partner!

Why?  Well, the one I was taking lessons from (and loved to dance with) won't compete and I have to have a goal.  Also, I'm doing a showcase for my party next week (yes its that close) and I figured it was nuts to spend that much money on something that had no dance future.  So its back to Chris I go.

BTW I was his first pro-am partner and also won my first championship with him.  I'll tell more anon...


exciting, elise..congrats on the change.

have you targeted your first comp?
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« Reply #29 on: March 24, 2012, 11:54:11 AM »

So an update on my (bit pathetic) dance saga... I'm back with my first pro-am competition partner!

Why?  Well, the one I was taking lessons from (and loved to dance with) won't compete and I have to have a goal.  Also, I'm doing a showcase for my party next week (yes its that close) and I figured it was nuts to spend that much money on something that had no dance future.  So its back to Chris I go.

BTW I was his first pro-am partner and also won my first championship with him.  I'll tell more anon...


exciting, elise..congrats on the change.

have you targeted your first comp?

yes - tomorrow's showcase Tongue Tongue Tongue Grin
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