Re: Judging own pupils Posted by jofjonesboro 8/19/2008 5:40:00 PM
Ginger, pro/am is fine for people who can afford it and who are not really suitable for an amateur partner.
I object to the practice of pushing people into pro/am who are not really suited for it. I especially despise the tactic of telling amateur couples that they'll learn faster if they split up and each do pro/am.
You hit the nail on the head with the word "small." The ballroom dance world is simply not large enough to permit the proper administration of judges at competitions. However, recognizing that fact shouldn't blind one to the inherent conflicts in allowing teachers to judge their own students.