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« on: June 10, 2013, 06:11:17 PM »

Different than other competitors,that is?

The reason I ask is that the Van Cliburn Competition (a really famous piano competition) was recently held here in DFW.  

I listened to interviews with the winner and several runners up this morning.   Every one of them said that the reason they compete is so that they can win, launch their careers, and never have to compete again. One gentleman, a runner up, said that, "This is pretty much the most stressful thing I've ever done in my life. I was hoping never to have to do it again."  Meanwhile, all the other competitors in the room laughed in sympathetic agreement.

So, to these competitors, competing is a means to an end -- a way to get recording contracts, teaching gigs, and to get the heck out of competing.

Which of course made me think of dance competitors, many of whom compete for years or even decades.

What's the difference? Are there dance competitors who are using competition to achieve an end so they can quit?  Are there people out there for whom competing is an whose end in itself?   Is competing just a necessary evil?  Or are there people who enjoy it?  How?  Why?

Thoughts?



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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 07:26:04 PM »

Great topic!  And I inhabit both worlds above - competetive dance and music (though obviously not at that level).  There is a pre-selection at work.  Competition dancers go into training specifically to compete - its one of their goals.  Musicians, on the other hand, go into music without a thought of competition, they just want to play their instruments.  Competition is a curse they have to go through to get to their end, whereas its the end itself for the dancers. 

But maybe there is more...

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 09:39:56 PM »

Exactly.   I'm wondering if there's more for some people.
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