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Re: Petition
Posted by anymouse
7/9/2011  7:40:00 AM
Beyond the appeal to those who haven't been around in dancing long enough to become aware of the severe tradeoffs involved, the whole "get dance in the olympics" movement and it's related organizational infrastructure is really about trying to borrow legitimacy for dancing by hitching it to the olympics.

"We are important because we are recognized by the IOC" - but really, what natural authority does the IOC to say what is important for dancing?

The true legitimacy in dancing is that which is conferred from recognition by the dancers ourselves.

Fortunately, dance is unlikely to EVER get in the olympics, because the IOC is playing the same game - they don't want to give the small opportunities for expansion to sports that seek to take something FROM the games to enhance their legitimacy, they want sports with an excess of legitimacy in the public eye (and advertising budget) which can be lent TO the games in order to strengthen them.
Re: Petition
Posted by belleofyourball
7/9/2011  3:41:00 PM
I think it might be a little idealistic to want ballroom dancing in the Olympics. I think in Principal it would be great but what that would actually mean as it worked out on paper-I am nervous about that.

Look what the olympics has done to so many other sports and people claim that it will popularize whatever sport it is that goes in...but it doesn't. It just makes it more prone to scandal and intrigue.

We'll get the performance enhancing drugs and the dumbing down of movement. The individuality will disappear and everything will become formulaic. Extra points for an oversway in the second half, three turns in the first half of the routine, and x number of heel leads to toe leads with a certain number of arm extensions. You must end with a chasse cape to a drop and each body must have x degrees of turnout for this move or that move. For full points the foot must be x degrees on the final rotation.

No thank you....I love that dance is an art as well as a sport. I don't want to see that part of it dead.
Re: Petition
Posted by Anonymous
7/11/2011  3:47:00 AM
Coroline. It wont work. How can you overcome the fact that so many top couples are of a mixed nationality. Nobody is going to break up a partnership just for a couple of days.
Also one of the former best Latin male dancer has danced for at least 3 different countries, the last being Germany.
Re: Petition
Posted by anymouse
7/12/2011  1:41:00 PM
"Coroline. It wont work. How can you overcome the fact that so many top couples are of a mixed nationality. Nobody is going to break up a partnership just for a couple of days."

While there are many reasons why it's a bad idea, this is probably not one of them.

A dance event in the olympics would be known of as a possibility 8 to 12 years in advance. The people who would dance in it would barely be in their teens at the point of announcement, and so would form partnerships consistent with that constraint if they wanted to work towards that goal.

But it's moot anyway, as the chances of it happening are effectively nil.
Re: Petition
Posted by terence2
7/12/2011  11:55:00 PM

Thats what they said about " Tug O War " .
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