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Re: International vs. American
Posted by Annie
7/29/2005  11:15:00 AM
thanks for the help, I am in New York, New York, it is such a big city, and I was able to find only a handful of places that look good, i look ed on this website and on the yellow pages, but there seems to be always something wrong about one place. one is too big (intimidating) one is too small ( not too much choice for classes) one too expensive (most of them expensive) its a jungle here.
other question: are most competitions held on saturday? if i cant do anything on saturday, is it a serious handicap?
Re: International vs. American
Posted by Laura
7/29/2005  1:07:00 PM
You are in NYC? You are so lucky -- that's a hotbed of high-level dancing in the US. Try Ballroom on Fifth, or Dance Times Square, those two have some great teachers at them. There's others too, but I live in California so I don't know all the names of the best places. Maybe someone else here can help.

Competitions run between one and five days. Smaller amateur-only competitions run for as little as one day, usually on Saturdays, but larger competitions, inlcuding Pro/Am competitions (where a student dances with his or her teacher) run for several days and the American Smooth events are not always scheduled for Saturday. You can view a sampling of competitions and their schedules by going to www.accessdance.com or www.ndca.org

Re: International vs. American
Posted by sarcastic smoothie
7/29/2005  2:20:00 PM
There are at least three competitions a year in the ny area that are usually held on Sundays. Including this sunday: www.njdancesportclassic.com

It's also become common for many of the multi-day competitions to hold their amateur events, except for championship level, on sunday.
Re: International vs. American
Posted by dancer
7/30/2005  11:03:00 AM
I want to agree with what anonymous said. You really have to decide why you want to dance. Only then you could decide as to whether American or International style would make sense.

I have also found that independent instructors are the better way to go, at least it is for me. I have tried franchises, independent studios and finally settled with independent instructor for several reasons.
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