I'm depressed about the state of amateur competitions. It seems like the quality in amateur latin is improving stratospherically; nowadays if you dance adult amateur you may as well be on the floor at Blackpool. Meanwhile, the lower level adult levels are suffering serious lack of participation. This is the first year pre-champ at ohio star ball didn't have a semifinal. However, the number of novice and prechamp dancers doing COLLEGIATE competitions is growing every year, and many of these students aren't in college, and many more may be in school but have no connection to a collegiate dance team. Would it help to gently push some of these somewhat dishonest dancers into adult events? And can you really call a competition the "National Collegiate Dancesport Championships" if the "National Champions" finished school three years ago??