nice topic, pygmalion. i like discussing social sciences ! i agree with larinda's comments. general uncertainty about the economy usually makes people start saving money, and cutting down on non-essential expenses. I have been in this situation since Jan 2004, where I've been watching every dime of my money ironically though, my dancing never suffered. of course, i stopped going to classes, but i became really resourceful - I'd go to clubs early before they'd charge cover, and try get free lessons at the clubs, whenever possible. And I sweet-talked my instructor into letting me attend her beginner classes for free. she liked me, so she agreed If I was a regular competitor, I would definitely have stopped going to competitions. That being said, there could be many reasons why this particular competition fell through.