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JudeMorrigan

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#41
Or perhaps, it simply appears this way because, you know, you're watching a bunch of pros on the floor. :cool:

Especially in Standard, the quality of movement a pro brings to a partnership is mountains ahead of what you can expect from two syllabus level amateurs.
Plus there's the fact that it's perfectly typical for the scholarships at a pro-am comp to go bronze->silver->open. Even the ones that have a separate gold scholarship won't have anything that's really equivalent to the novice and pre-champ levels on the am side. I have to think that the extra levels make jumping up a level seem a bit less intimidating. It's not necessarily an apples-to-apples comparison.

(Plus there's the way that dancing in two proficiencies at once actively encourages people to start competing in silver almost immediately. Add in the reduced cost of entry, and I imagine the competitior pool on the am side can seem diluted. Speaking as one of the chaff.)
 

smidra86

Active Member
#42
You may be thinking of the "basic figures" dances. Per WDC rules, all Championships in Standard and Latin have one dance per round chosen by lottery to be restricted to "the Basic Figures listed in the currently recognised Technique Books applicable to each style". The lottery is held before the start of the first round, and the first five rounds will have a different basic dance, then it loops back around. So yes, there is probably a video out there of the entire World Professional Latin floor doing syllabus paso.
Well, I don't think that I would see something like that at Ohio, because that's the video I have seen it in. And everyone else is doing their regular open choreo.
 

smidra86

Active Member
#44
Like I said, its clear basics and there are some tricks and things that obviously aren't syllabus, but you can very very clearly see things like continuous hip twist, sliding doors, etc.

 

dlliba10

Well-Known Member
#45
I'd also like to see a video if one exists of them in the semi, then, to compare and contrast. My impression was that R&Y have routines, but what makes them so proficient is their ability to intersperse basics, lead and follow, and use those skills to adapt to the music. Their "routines" don't look the same from round to round thanks to that basic work (nor should they).
 

smidra86

Active Member
#46
hmmm i guess looking at the video of the earlier rounds, it looks as though they just started in a different part of their routine... but still, it looks like one part is more basic than the other
 

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