I am not a mind reader. When people write soemthing they must write with clairty to avoid confusion.
What a bunch of controversy I have stirred up.
I will admit that my deed is in fact done without the knowledge of Dimitri (& I do apologize for it), but like most people in this business I think it would be difficult for him to find a partner without people to help him along.
Without really going into details, my brother (who is retired now) probably would not have found his partner without the help others.
If well-meaning people did not butt in once in a while I am sure plenty of partnerships would not exist & there would be alot of lonely dancers in this world!
Right on, my friend. It's difficult even with help. Btw, Don't worry about controversy; try to thrive in it like I do. Kick, scream, and raise hell.
Location: at home, relaxing
[QUOTE]Originally posted by dancingkid:
I have this long standing question for you: Why Russian dancers and those from Soviet dominant East European countries dominate dance world? good looks? hard work? gene?
Very hard question. I hope that I might be able to answer it partially. May be somebody will want to add.
1.In former Soviet Union were very popular group lessons - 3-4 times a week 2 hours lenght. One hour was fully devoted learning the technique, stretching, exersice very similar to ballet and practicing foot work. The second hour - routines the same for the groupes of children of the same age and level. During the lesson the teacher came to everybody and fixed mistakes. Yhe cost was 10 years ago 15$ US per month of group lessons per person. Children from poor families very often were not charged ay all. Dancing studio usually was in community centre or school.
2. Private lessons cost from 6 to 15$US per couple, and only a few couples took them once in a while.
So you can see that ballroom dancing was much more affordable for the young children than in America and talented but poor children were able to dance and compete.
3. There is a lot more teachers and more competition berween them sinse all amateurs are allowed to have groups of children and teach them in high schools and so forth.
4. Look at the number of couples from Russia - it is clear that from this number more real talents can dance. I remember Slavik in Ukraine charged for the private lesson 15$ and tought together with his partner - couple tought a couple.
Sorry I have to go now, but I'll come back to this. I t will be easier if you ask me questions.
FYI - David Oliveri has a partner - Lucy Wyly from Texas!
Location: North America
Very true, Rugby. We also see a lot of talented single dancers who are trying to find a good "match" in terms of level, desire, budget, passion, etc. and especially at the top when how well one does also determines how quickly one moves up internationally in the major competitions.
The most important this is definitely networking, not only within the home base dance studio, but also at events and speaking to other dancers and professionals.
It's like Darwin's law, the strongest of the field will rise to the top, and necessarily, the numbers are always less as one moves up in level.
Location: North America
Very interesting comments, tanechka! Yes, we definitely agree that it has to do with the "club" system, especially in Europe and of course Russia.
A few months ago, we spoke to someone who came from Germany and she mentioned that growing up in that country, she was first introduced to Ballroom Dancing through the local sports club where they would pay a membership fee to participate in various activities. It really was the cheapest way for families to have activities for their children.
Do we have any economists on the board?
Maybe some basic economic 101 principles are at play here!
Location: at home, relaxing
I wrote those comments on poor Dancingkid's request. Does anyboby know how he is doing? I supposed to write more but after Dancingkid got upset and left the forum I've lost the person who was interested to know why the Russians are ahead in ballroom dancing.
Location: North America
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I want to keep this forum alive for a while. Give Dimitri a fighting chance (if this helps).
If he trully has found someone as of today (January 4, 2005), please mention it, to save me from the controversy I have generated
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