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Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by John
4/13/2007  1:23:00 AM
Would someone kindly tell me what armature ballroom dancing is? The dance dictionary on ballroomdancers.com does not list this term. The only armature I know is that of an electric motor.

Thanks in advance for your help.

I will watch here for someone to post a definition.

Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by phil.samways
4/13/2007  4:05:00 AM
It's a form of ballroom dancing that needs high motorvation
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Anonymous
4/13/2007  6:50:00 AM
First you take a couple of armatures, which is to say wire frames of a straight torso with the arms out to the side. Then you stick a styrafoam ball on the top as a head, cover it in pro-tan, paint on some outrageous facial features, and wrap them up in costumes.
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Sue
4/13/2007  10:37:00 AM
Perhaps the person meant 'amateur'(as opposed to professional), although I like the other definitions. LOL
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by rumbaman50
4/13/2007  1:04:00 PM
Bunch of smart a-- replies here.

An amature is someone that does not get paid for dancing. This creates a distinction from Professionals when dancing at a competition. Professional divisions at a comp are generally the very best dancers. Amatures can be anyone of any ability.
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Juice23
4/13/2007  6:28:00 PM
In certain coutries amateurs are allowed to accept money, but yes amateurs are generally people who are not currently intending to make dancing their career/profession. The amateur divisions in dance consist of many levels from beginner hobbyists to world class competitors.
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by DennisBeach
4/13/2007  4:20:00 PM
That is a typo. Althought just like an armature can't do much on it's own, us dancers can't do much with a partner, good training and practise.
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Quickstep
4/13/2007  6:29:00 PM
The word is Amateur which means none Professional. Professional doesn' t necessarily mean a teacher. I can be a Professional competitor without passing any teaching examinations. I can be a professional teacher without ever competing in any competition either Amateur or Professional or ever will..
To pass from an Amateur to a Professional teacher I would need to join a Society and pass my examinations. Then I can teach Medal Classes under the banner of that Society.
Heres where it gets complicated. There is no law which would stop anyone forming their own Society. Once all of the legal part was done. They can be up and running. In the past it has happend here. But the standard of dancing was a joke. It is all of twenty years but I was at a place where a couple were taking their their teaching examination. They danced out of time in both the Cha and the Rumba. The Samba was a joke along with the Passo and the Jive which was equally sub standard. Under this Society they passed and became Professional teachers. Its a bit like starting another religion. Anybody can do it.
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Anonymous
4/13/2007  6:34:00 PM
In some countries you have to follow certain rules to become a professional.

In others, you have to follow certain rules to remain an amateur.

What's rather funny is the penalty for violating those rules - in some places, it means you get declared against your will to be an amateur again instead of a professional. In others, it means you get declared against your will to be a professional instead of an amateur!
Re: Armature Ballroom Dancing
Posted by Quickstep
4/13/2007  8:08:00 PM
Only within the rules of that Society. Which is now for the Amatuers Dancesport IDSF. I suppose you are aware that the Professional WDC and the IDSF are at each others throats. Its interesting to note that according to Italian Olympic sports law the word Professional is illegal and was dully noted. At this moment in time we have two World Professional Champions WDC and IPDSC the later was created as a seperate legal entity in December 06 in Rome and was supported by the IDSF. The WDC failed in court to get a ruling against the formation of the IPDSC. I think maybe years down the track there will only be competitors and a competition will be all in together. That seems to be the ultimate aim of the IDSF.
This paragraph might be of interest.
There are many Professionals who wish to work with the IDSF but their interests are being stiffled by a body which is not based on sports principles and philosophies and does not want to adopt , implement and adhere to the IOC and WADA Anti Doping Codes.

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