I spend over $1k a month just on Melissa's latin training. She has the best instructors money can buy. The results are evident. Competive dance is very technical. As any dance judge will tell you,...it's not what you do, but how well you do it. They would rather see a well executed, simple routine,...than a sloppy "fun" routine. (Actually, that was a rather difficult routine that the 1s placer did.) When I see a routine that is executed flawlessly,..that is entertainment for me. There is a ballet comp. in France, where the competitors all do the same choreo. If this was the case with this comp., it would be evident to all, which duo are the better dancers. I really don't wish to disect the 2nd placers...but they do not posess anything near the technical acumen that the 1st placers do. Even the first placers had some issues if you compare it to pro. level Argentinian tango show dancers. I realize it's an amature comp., but still, they should all be shooting for the same goals.