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Re: Cost to student for pro-am
Posted by Kimberly
9/12/2012  10:18:00 AM
Thank you ballroom chick and others who replied. Everything written has been very valuable advice, it is printed and I plan to follow much of this advice. Last question for now? I am trying to put a ballpark figure to all of what you wrote here (dresses, make-up, shoes, misc) - in addition to the fact that the studio will surely charge for the pro's time to teach the dances/routines, practice, etc.

Is it reasonable to assume approx. $5,000 for a bronze pro-am (equipment/dresses and pro's cost for practices, etc)?

Thanks again.
Re: Cost to student for pro-am
Posted by ladydance
9/12/2012  1:14:00 PM
I am all for keeping costs down so here is what I do. I do my own hair, make-up and nails. There are a few very helpful videos on Youtube on how to do make-up. I only splurge for professionally done hair and make-up for the really big comps. I bought all my dresses from Asian dressmakers through Ebay. They cost about $200 each and were made to measure. This way I can have more than one. I find I can get sweaty and uncomfortable under the lights so if there is a couple of hours wait between individual dances and championships, I can change dresses.
Try rooming with another competitor if you are going out of town. I have roomed with my pro partner when It was only the two of us. I wasn't about to pay for two hotel rooms. Be up front with your studio and your pro about how much you feel comfortable spending. I have a limit. Know beforehand what kind of meals he eats, for example. Steak or burgers?
I do not pay for my pro partner's time because I pay for coaching for the both of us from a Champion dancer. So I have no studio or pro expenses except for entries, hotel, gas and meals. He is very good at keeping costs down. I get an exact accounting from him after every comp.
Not counting entries, dresses and shoes, I spend around $1000.00 for an out of town comp. Less than $100 for a local comp.
I love competing in the pro-am category but I am not going to be a blank check.
Re: Cost to student for pro-am
Posted by rgswoohoo
10/19/2012  3:42:00 PM
geeeze .... I think I'll just stick to leading ...
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