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Date Posted: 12:25:16 02/08/18 Thu
Author: more inside
Subject: Because an adult-aged dancer in preliminary or open can also move down to prizewinner &over if they are not placing, just like any other age group. Why should they get their pick of two different categories to move to?
In reply to: AdultDancer 's message, "As it is right now any Preliminary or Open Champion dancer who does not place can always move down to prozewinner. And how is it fair for them to wait 5 years? Why is it unfair for dancers who started as adults to dance against other adults who started earlier?" on 02:58:20 02/06/18 Tue

Adult competitions are separate for a reason, they are intended for dancers who started as adults or are re-starting after a long break, hence 5+ years. For those dancers, these comps are serious and competitive, not just “for fun” or to give their “bodies a break.” When adults start to level out of adult competitions, many who are allowed drop into &overs for more suitable competition. As an older dancer, I do sympathize with wanting to keep dancing and give your body a rest while trying to juggle other priorities in life, but if that is your situation, you should be taking a break from competition. The point of competition is to work to be the best you can, it’s not just for fun. A lot of these problems would be solved if it were possible to simply offer higher age groups across the levels and just eliminate the separate adult category altogether, but unfortunately we’re stuck with two imperfect tracks for older dancers, and in the meantime the rules should be respected.

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