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Best way to go Pro
Posted by Gigi
10/23/2012  8:17:00 PM
My daughter has been competing for 7 years as a Open Champion (highest level) in another style of competitive dance.She has trained in multiple styles of dance over the same time period.
She has retired competition from these previous style because they will not let Professionals compete. So she has started Ballroom a few months ago. After two months she won every heat and both her Championships Smooth and Rhythm in Bronze. She is very dedicated and wants to be challenged more with open choreography and get into Nov. Pro as soon as possible. But it would seem her coach wants her to take her time. She is already in college and getting a late start on the sport, so she feels like she does not have time to pay dues for 4 years, especially when she is willing to do the work. She is also very fast at learning and retaining steps and Technique. What should a rising star who is very new, do?
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by belleofyourball
10/25/2012  10:49:00 AM
Not really enough information here for us to help you. The type of comps would be helpful....the actual names and are they chain related or are they real comps? Dancing Pro/Am is not like dancing in any other genre. Mostly taking first prize in these is about as difficult as getting pez out of a dispenser.

She needs to get an amateur partner and actually start working toward winning in those divisions....she must win there, consistently and all the way through Open Gold which won't happen this year or next year no matter what genre of dance she was in before. If she can win and this means she must also find a partner who is good and dedicated then she can start thinking about turning pro and actually being someone in the field.

Otherwise....she can get a job tomorrow at a chain making less than minimum wage working basically on commission and be a 'pro' Keep in mind that many of these so called 'pros' were working at Circle K 6 months ago and have no ballroom or dance experience whatsoever.

If she wants to be succesful she has to prove herself on the battleground and she has to pay her dues. If she is good she can make a LOT of money....but not initially and not until she wins Open Gold in real competitions.
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by stardust
10/25/2012  5:03:00 PM
A good reply,belleofyourball.It reminds me of a quote I have always liked:-
"Last week I couldn't even spell inginear,now I is one.
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by kitnhead
10/26/2012  7:59:00 AM
Hello: I am very new to Ballroom dance, so I am sorry if these are very elementary questions. There are so many categories and I find it all a bit confusing at the moment. The reply above mentioned real comps verses chain comps, what is the difference? Also, what is the Rising Star category? It almost sounds like an intermediate step to me, but when I read this board it appears to be more prestigious than that. And one more: is competing as an amateur a requirement before going pro? Thanks for any info.
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by anymouse
10/26/2012  5:15:00 PM
Rising star is the lower of two professional categories, usually limited to couples who have not previously won the division at that competition (or had a certain placement in a championship, or related conditions like that).

The ideas has also been copied at a few amateur competitions, but it would be clearly called an amateur rising star event.

The chain studio systems (Murray's and Fred's) have their own house competitions which are closed to students and employees of that system, so generally less prestigious than the major open-to-all events, though of course there are open competitions which may have fewer entries in a given category.

It is not required to compete as an amateur before turning pro, but it is generally a good idea. Top amateur competitors often quickly rise in the pro ranks during their first year after making the switch, while it is comparatively unusual for those who began their career as professionals (typically as adult studio employees, vs as children or teenagers for the amateurs) to break out and achieve competitive fame.

Also worth mentioning that the studio system (and direct-to-pro career track) plays a larger role in the American Style events than in the Internal Style events, in part because the young adults coming out of intense youth amateur programs tend to stick to international style.
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by kitnhead
10/26/2012  5:49:00 PM
Thank you!!! That was really helpful.
Re: Best way to go Pro
Posted by billymarsh
10/31/2012  6:15:00 AM
1. start classes at a studio, as many as possible
2. start performing - whether it's with your studio or auditioning elsewhere, you will get the experience and stage prescence you need
3. join a dance company

good luck!

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