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Re: Is 22 too old?
Posted by belleofyourball
11/15/2010  10:24:00 AM
first of all anymouse gives good advice...and 2nd...

If you have talent and drive and a work ethic you can succeed (assuming your ambition doesn't override your sense). You can probably, with enough work win in American Rhythm or Smooth. If you stay in America you can probably even climb the ranks of International Latin and Standard. (I see far fewer pros in America competing in that than the American divisions so there is much less competition.)

As far as are you going to win at Blackpool or any real overseas competition...don't hold your breath. It isn't even about age though that is a factor. Most of those people have access to the best coaches and training money can buy. They've been practicing for years and competing for just as long...then we start talking about the politics of those competitions and let us not even get going on that :~}

Good luck...I hope you do well and that your ambitions are met with success.
Re: Is 22 too old?
Posted by anymouse
11/15/2010  12:12:00 PM
"I see far fewer pros in America competing in that than the American divisions so there is much less competition"

In international style there is a pretty sharp divide between the graduates of intense overseas youth programs (or those from the first comparable US programs who are just starting to turn pro), and with very few exceptions almost anyone else.

American style might have more competitors standing between an inexperienced professional and a title, but they are going to have a much more variation in strength and experience, so progress in climbing through the ranks is likely to be more apparent.

Despite this, it's probably wiser to pick a style based on what has personal appeal. Investing a decade or more of life in something isn't worth doing unless it's going to be personally rewarding.

Had a look at results from last year's Ohio Star Ball. In the open professional category entry sizes are quite comparable between International and American style. In the rising star, smooth is moderately larger than standard, and rhythm much, much larger than latin.
Re: Is 22 too old?
Posted by lifelovendance
11/16/2010  5:06:00 PM
Thank you so much for your responses!

I would say that as far as competitions like Blackpool, I would love to compete just to do it. It doesn't matter if I win or not, but just the experience itself must be exciting. Plus, I've never been to England! And hopefully, by the time I'd be thinking about something of that magnitude, I'll have another full-time job to fund coaching and the like.

I've been training for about a week now in Bronze I rumba, cha-cha, salsa, EC swing, waltz, foxtrot and tango. I think we'll be out of Bronze I by next week or so given the speed we're moving. The only thing that gets me is knowing both the lady's and the man's part. I think I get them mixed up, but other than that I'm picking them up quite well
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