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« Reply #45 on: June 05, 2009, 04:42:49 AM »

I would much rather learn the basics of dance from a well trained amateur than a fake pro... no question
At least with an amateur (who had competed) I would know that they had to have had some authentic training Smiley
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« Reply #46 on: June 05, 2009, 12:38:46 PM »

I would much rather learn the basics of dance from a well trained amateur than a fake pro... no question
At least with an amateur (who had competed) I would know that they had to have had some authentic training Smiley

not necessarily.

I have seen some "horrid" pros that have been pros for yrs now and get students who eventually leave and the students get upset because they have to unlearn so much bad. it really is a sad thing.
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« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2009, 03:08:33 AM »

[I think we said the same thing Emmy...Wink]
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I see what you did there.


« Reply #48 on: August 09, 2009, 04:13:27 AM »

My partner wants to turn pro just so he can beat up on the neighbors when they compete uncontested. He'll definitely turn pro before I do, even though beating mediocre people in anything's as much fun as trippin' kids.

I shouldn't be so mean.

It's not fair to mediocre dancers to be compared with some of these people.

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« Reply #49 on: August 09, 2009, 06:21:36 AM »

hey, we are all mediocre on some scale Wink
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« Reply #50 on: August 09, 2009, 02:43:26 PM »

Just sayin'.
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« Reply #51 on: August 09, 2009, 11:14:56 PM »

well, sayin' is good all the time, says I
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« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2010, 11:15:46 AM »

I turned Pro last year... but definitely not because I thought I was good Tongue  I was competing in Novice Latin and was quite happy with it. Then my partner announced he would be moving out of state, so I went on the search for a new partner. I had a try-out with a Pro, and it seemed promising. I had already wanted to start teaching, so I thought it would be a challenge and a good opportunity. We danced Pro Rhythm for 2 competitions, and then split (mutual decision). I stayed Pro, began teaching and I absolutely love it.

I do have to say it's a lot more fun to compete as Pro than Amateur  Grin
(Plan on getting back out to competing eventually... other things in my life right now need attention)
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« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2010, 01:34:27 PM »

love to have more pros on board - in particular in smooth - I wonder if you have checked out the New Vogue dancing in Australiasia - there are interesting similarities to dance style, if not steps.... We have a few topics here - and lots of Aussies to go with them Smiley.
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« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2010, 03:10:29 PM »

Sowwy, don't think I'll be doing Smooth any time soon. But I have checked out the New Vogue in Australia... I think it would be fun to have that here in the states. Actually, one of my best friends married an Aussie and lives there now. When I go visit her next (whenever that may be), I'll need to get a comp in somehow! Smiley
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« Reply #55 on: April 02, 2010, 03:21:23 PM »

Well, check out if any of our regulars live nearby - I'm siure they can introduce you to the dance scene!

sorry, I just assumed you did smooth as well as rhythm.  Better go and learn Cheesy
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« Reply #56 on: April 02, 2010, 03:56:54 PM »

Hee hee... I'll learn eventually, but only for professional reasons. Of all the styles, I'm not so keen on competing in Smooth. Performing smooth, definitely. Competing in it.. not so much.
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« Reply #57 on: April 02, 2010, 06:54:36 PM »

Hey Irena! As Elise said, we Aussies love our New Vogue. Very similar to smooth!

If you ever come to Australia, I can recommend some very good competitions to go to.  Smiley

Speaking of turning pro, when I first started competing (2008), I told myself that if I ever get to level 5, I'll consider turning pro. That might be happening a bit sooner than I expected, 2 years later (now) I'm already in level 4. Definitely not mentally ready to turn pro yet.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #58 on: April 02, 2010, 08:06:47 PM »

Can you be a pro who does western blots on the side? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #59 on: April 02, 2010, 08:10:16 PM »

I don't think it's something everyone is ready for when they do it. I certainly wasn't... I was freaking out as I was registering with NDCA (the governing body for Pros in the states). And then when I got my membership card in the mail I was just staring at and couldn't believe it. I was completely under-prepared for my first competition. I went from my last Am comp to my first Pro comp, with a new partner and new style in less than 2 months. I had never danced Bolero or Mambo before then. I did a number to myself mentally, let me tell you. But by the 2nd competition, I was totally ready and excited for it.
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