The term Amateur as it is used in today’s competitive ballroom dancing is misleading, mismatched, and somewhat harmful to the dancers themselves. The way that the word “Amateur” is perceived by the dancesport industry is not the way that it is perceived by the outside world. This mismatch in perception raises problems, questions, and concerns.
Today’s Amateur category in competitive Ballroom Dancing is not really Amateur
In fact, it is not Amateur at all. The Amateurs are spending an equal amount of time, money, resources, energy, and dedication into their dancing as Professionals in the Professional category.
The word Amateur refers to an activity in which a person engages as a pastime, and not as a main profession
This is how the outside world perceives the Amateur category. But the insider knows that Amateurs are in fact “young” professionals.
But why bother one might ask?
So as it seems, two solutions are possible
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1. The first would be to change the archaic and mismatched category of “Amateurs” to something that represents and describes the dancers more fairly, properly, and with honor.
2. And the second solution could be to create a new provision as well as a new trend for the dancers who are really Professional to switch to Professional category.[/list]