I just saw the video type of the 1998 Yankee Classic Pro Standard Open Comp. Chris and Hazel have become pro for only one year at that time, and they won the comp. I noticed that Chris and Hazel started dancing at age 17, and 16, which is not that early. I started dancing at the age of 19, and I have been dancing for a few months. I really want to become a really good standard dancer. (I know I am thinking about this really early.....) My instructor often tells me that he does see potential in my dancing. But what I am wondering is that do I really have a future as a ballroom dancer? or am I done already since I started so late and I don't have an amature partner? I take 2 hrs private standard lessons everyweek, and practice 4 hrs a week (this is just for standard, excluding things I do for latin). Any idea? What should I do in order to make it possible to become a really good dancer later (or let's say be good at whichever level I am at right now)? I have a good instructor, best in my area. Anyone knows anything abuot how champion were trained when they first started?