They are. I know the people dancing at these comps seem to think that they are wildly entertaining to watch. But competitions are actually pretty boring for spectators. Same dances over and over and over again. Same people dancing those same dances. After a couple rounds, you've been there, done that. As many levels and ages as everything gets broken down into. Then you've got people doing a couple levels, possibly in a couple age groups, doing singles and scholarships. It's the same darn thing OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. It's like going to a kid's music recital. You aren't going to be entertained. You're going to support the kid. It might be fun, but how many of you would pay the cost of a comp spectator ticket to go to a kid's music recital and listen to a bunch of 7 year olds playing Hot Cross Buns? Unless a REALLY good friend is competing, I'm not going to a day session anymore. And it would have to be a really good pro SHOW (not just competition) to get me to pay for an evening session. Because of the price. At entertainment value for my dollar, I'll check youtube for some dance videos and go do something a lot more fun that watching the same people do the same waltz over and over and over and over again.