Please Support The Empress Orchestra
We The Competitors Commission would like to point out that as dancers we have to support the best musicians that provide us with the best dance music and therefore help us to enhance our performance. To have the great opportunity and the great pleasure to be able to dance to such wonderful music arrangements as the La Mariposa Tango composed by Ashley Frolick, the musical director of the Empress Orchestra, we must purchase original CD`s, to be able to have more ot the wonderful melodies available on further CD ́s as the process of producing in studio-quality is very expensive in the making. Please keep in mind, that if we copy or share the dance music, we destroy ourselves a great opportunity to have more wonderful dance music like in the CD Always and Forever.
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I would like to comment on the Competitors Commission’s position on the Basic Dance in the World and European Championships. Quite a few people asked me and other members of the Management Committee of the Competitors Commission, why competitors no longer want to include Basic Dance in the Championships.
Basic Dance was in the program of the World and European Championships for 2 years. We have discussed Basic Dance within the Commission, based on the feedback we have received. I would like to point out that the reason most competitors did not want Basic Dance in the Championships was not because Competitors do not like dancing basic figures. It is quite the opposite; many competitors enjoyed it. The main reason was that it was too difficult to provide clear answers to all the questions arising from the implementation of the basic dance.
Just to mention a few:
Should the judging in the Basic Dance be different from other dances? Should the couple be marked lower or disqualified if there are non-basic figures in their choreography? Should there be invigilators?
The most important thing for competitors is to get a fair evaluation of their performance, and I was asked how this is assessed in Basic Dance. I witnessed some couples having figures connected incorrectly according to precedes and follows provided in the Technique Book. Some of these couples were marked, while couples that did not have such mistakes did not get marked. Naturally some couples believe it is unfair that there are no invigilators, and that it was judged like any other dance based on overall performance and quality of dancing.
Maybe it would be possible to have invigilators and video cameras for every couple to have a greater control of how precisely the Basic routine is danced. But then other questions can arise; how flexible can we be in the floor craft situations? Do we really want all the additional rules and consequently extra expenses for the organizers?
There were so many different questions raised and we realized it was not possible to answer them all and eventually we came to the conclusion that we would be better off without the Basic Dance.
I am happy that the Competitive Dance Executive Board listened to the Competitors and reacted accordingly, but I also sympathize with those whose opinions differed on the matter. I think it’s most important to uphold the Technique, Principles and Tradition that we inherited from the Pioneers of our Style of dancing while being creative and innovative. For that we are all responsible; competitors, teachers, adjudicators and to a certain extent the audience…