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Posted by guest
5/17/2009  6:44:00 PM
I was just wondering, if you teach/compete as a professional for a while and then decide you don't want to anymore can you go back to competing as an amateur? If you totally give up your job teaching? Or can you never compete as an amateur anymore?
Re: question
Posted by Cyd
5/18/2009  2:06:00 AM
Guest. Once upon a time it would have been a clear cut no. If you competed as a Professional in a Professional competition the answer is difinitely a no. But having taught, now that is a complicated one to answer for the simple reason most of our top Amateurs do teach and are allowed to, that is if you are not a New Zealander whose association is completely out of touch with the rest of the world. In short it would depend where you live.
Re: question
Posted by anymouse
5/18/2009  9:39:00 AM
"I was just wondering, if you teach/compete as a professional for a while and then decide you don't want to anymore can you go back to competing as an amateur? If you totally give up your job teaching? Or can you never compete as an amateur anymore?"

That is up to the organization controlling the competitions where you wish to compete as an amateur. Many of them will allow people to apply for re-instatement, usually after taking some period of time off from competing at all.
Re: question
Posted by DanceAllure
5/18/2009  9:57:00 PM
Hi guest,
as far as I am aware, according to the NDCA regulations you are allowed to go back to the amateur league just once. But the answer to your question would be "yes".
Re: question
Posted by anymouse
5/19/2009  7:19:00 AM
"as far as I am aware, according to the NDCA regulations you are allowed to go back to the amateur league just once. "

There is in fact no published regulation. You must apply to the organization. This may well be their approximate internal policy at the moment, but you must apply and have them rule after hearing the specifics of your case.
Re: question
Posted by Cyd
5/19/2009  3:14:00 PM
Anonymous. It can get a little ridiculous. There have been people who have been reinstated. But what is good for one is good for all. Could you imagine Luca and Loraine coming back and competing in the Amateur field.
Re: question
Posted by anymouse
5/19/2009  6:23:00 PM
"Anonymous. It can get a little ridiculous. There have been people who have been reinstated. But what is good for one is good for all. Could you imagine Luca and Loraine coming back and competing in the Amateur field."

This is why the process consists of making your case to the eligibility committee. They look at the facts of your situation and say yes or no.
Re: question
Posted by DanceAllure
5/20/2009  12:54:00 AM
Undisputable true! Thank you for that remark. Actually one needs to apply for change of status first. NDCA make their decisions on a case by case basis since those fall in the miculenious folder. But I personally know of 2 ballroom professionals who decided to change their status and they actually got the NDCA's official approval.
So you are really going to need to submit your case to the NDCA's officials for consideration.
Thank you " Anymouse" !
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