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« on: March 19, 2012, 01:55:59 PM »

Two questions really: How long can a pro be competetive (and is there a non-dance bias eventually)? 
And whats the oldest someone can go pro and still  be competetive - nationally but not necessarily internationally?

Anyone have good examples?
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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 10:12:57 PM »

Two questions really: How long can a pro be competetive (and is there a non-dance bias eventually)? 
And whats the oldest someone can go pro and still  be competetive - nationally but not necessarily internationally?

Anyone have good examples?

Most Europeans compete till they are in their late 30’s to early 40’s but most started around 6 years old. In Asia they normally compete till they are in their mid 50’s but they start in their teens or early 20’s. There are several couples that have competed well into their 60’s. I think it all depends what you feel about yourself and your dancing. There is no rule to when one is too old to turn pro or age limits to dancing in the professional ranks.

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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2012, 02:38:15 AM »

Two questions really: How long can a pro be competetive (and is there a non-dance bias eventually)? 
And whats the oldest someone can go pro and still  be competetive - nationally but not necessarily internationally?

Anyone have good examples?

Most Europeans compete till they are in their late 30’s to early 40’s but most started around 6 years old. In Asia they normally compete till they are in their mid 50’s but they start in their teens or early 20’s. There are several couples that have competed well into their 60’s. I think it all depends what you feel about yourself and your dancing. There is no rule to when one is too old to turn pro or age limits to dancing in the professional ranks.

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thanks for that DSV... Any examples of late bloomers that have excelled?
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2012, 09:49:58 AM »

It's inspiring to hear that done right you can play for quite a while. 
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« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2012, 10:24:50 AM »

thanks for that DSV... Any examples of late bloomers that have excelled?

As far as I know two of the top Japanese couples (I only know the last names....Shinoda and Amano) not sure about the spelling)) dancing around 1989....and after, were in their late 20's when they started and one of the couples (Amano) dance into their late 50's. They were both in the world professional final when they were at the top of their game.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2012, 10:02:43 AM »

So there is still chance for me!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2012, 10:49:26 AM »

So there is still chance for me!  Roll Eyes
Tongue  Chance?  We're waiting to see you in the Blackpool semis..
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2013, 05:23:19 PM »

Competing and winning are two different things. 
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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2013, 04:41:40 AM »

I thought you wrote 'Competing and whining are two different things'

which they are not of course, they are normal.  Only one couple doesn't whine. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2013, 04:53:33 AM »

I've been on dance boards too long to even suggest that competing and whining are mutually exclusive ...  Shocked Grin
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« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2013, 04:55:35 AM »

It would be interesting to bug all the couples in the final and record their first comments when they are alone.

Do any of them (other than the winner of course) NOT say "we should have..."
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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2013, 05:13:15 AM »

Among other things, I would guess. 
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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2013, 09:59:43 PM »

I wonder who is the oldest current top-flight competitor?
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2013, 10:23:36 PM »

It might be hard to find.  I tried googling a few resumes, back during Blackpool.  these folks aren't exactly forthcoming with their ages.  It could probably be found, but might take a bit of sleuthing.
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« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2013, 01:56:23 PM »

I bet there are few older latin competitiors.  In standard it actually has a positive aspect for grace...
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