To specialize or not to specialize?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by tangoking, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Yup, exactly. Just because I don't "do" smooth, latin or rhythm, doesn't mean I don't think they are equally as wonderful as standard. They just float my boat a little less, for whatever reason, and I have limited times and funds so I would prefer to focus on my favorite. No judgments implied.
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  2. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    I specialize in standard for a couple reasons. 1) most people in my area are standard dancers, including the coaches and pros. 2) money. 3) I can't seem to hold down a Latin partner. I would love to 10 dance, but currently it's not in the cards.
  3. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    Hmm, I do get a bit offended when people don't seem to try to give some style at least a chance. They dabble in it barely (or never learn it) and don't make an effort to try to get better before dropping it. Or automatically decide that they'll never get better at it and stop. But again, personal choice. If you decide based on watching a style that it's not for you, it's your decision not to learn it. Or perhaps you never had the resources to do so, and that's a fair reason.
  4. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Yup, it would be silly to dismiss a style without ever trying it. However, I feel like getting to silver in all four gives you enough information to make an educated decision.
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  5. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Why? Seems like if one didn't like the music, say, or had seen the style and didn't like it, those would be perfectly sufficient reasons. Does the same apply to other dance styles like ballet, jazz, and tap - one should try a year or two of those as well before dismissing them?
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  6. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Thank you Warren.
    I'm not a huge fan of Rhythm. I watch the videos, and don't particularly enjoy them, except that I've been falling in love with Emanuel Pierre-Antoine recently, but that's just him.
    I've got no reason under the sun to take a rhythm lesson.

    I specialize in Latin. Because, well, it's the easiest thing to learn given current conditions.
  7. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    Also I think it is different if you are part of a college team that teaches all four styles, versus if you learn from primarily private lessons - quite a bit of a different investment/cost there. Why pay a lot of money to learn something you don't even like very much? Though of course there's the option of taking a couple series of group classes.

    And I just talked myself into thinking about a very good reason to not try all four styles, lol.
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  8. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Yep... the more styles you do in pro am, the more expensive it gets! When deciding what styles to take lessons in, I have to factor in cost and time commitment. I have seen people "rotate" styles though... focus on each one for a few months, compete in it and then move to another one.
  9. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    At our university, we primarly focus on international style, but smooth has been coming back. Our major issue is that the american style coach that comes to our university tends to scare people away. We've had a few people come over to the international and stick with it because she was just nuts. We don't really have a good outlet for the American styles unless our people go out to a studio, or try to pick it up from the Internets.
  10. Gorme

    Gorme Active Member

    What about the pros that do both?
  11. Gorme

    Gorme Active Member

    As long as that person doesn't disparage the style for their inability to do it.

    I had done Standard for a few years before I tried to learn Latin. I tried learning it for a few months, but just couldn't grasp the concept of how the movements work. So I dropped it and put my focus back on Standard. Even though I cannot do it, I don't discourage other people from doing it.
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  12. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    Time to find a new coach? Though if I remember correctly the team has limited control over that, right?

    <3 <3 Dan, by the way!
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  13. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Don't we all :) Yeah we have absolutely no control since she ins't directly affiliated with us or the club. She (and Dan for that matter) are hired by the school's Art and Learning Center. So unless nobody (and that includes faculty, staff, outside the university people, and students) signs up for the class, she will continue to teach.
  14. Gorme

    Gorme Active Member

    Crazy and detail-oriented? or Crazy personality?
  15. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Personality.
  16. dlliba10

    dlliba10 Well-Known Member

    The point stands, though, that dismissing something and not trying it as the result of a fallacious generalization ("Rhythm is just bad Latin," "Smooth is Standard with explosions"), is not the way to go.
  17. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    By dismissing, I meant deciding I don't like it/not good at it, etc. Of course, you can't try everything, and that is okay, as long as you don't dislike it just because you don't do it.
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  18. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    or because you "can't" do it.
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  19. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Ten dancers are rarely at the very top in either Standard or Latin.

    Or were you asking about their thigh to calf ratios? Balanced ten dance couples seem to have an intermediate ratio of about 1.7:1. However, a lot of ten dance couples are substantially stronger in one or the other, rather than being perfectly balanced.
  20. 5678dance

    5678dance Active Member

    Just playing devil's advocate... actually, it is highly encouraged that if one wants to excel in jazz, contemporary, even tap... one should take ballet for some period of time. I think there is something to be said for dabbling in other styles (provided you have the resources) just for the sake of building body awareness, posture, balance, in other ways other than the ways that you learned through your one particular style of dance. It expands horizons! :cool:
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