Posted: 09/12/2014 at 18:56
I don't see why it can't be a dance competition and entertaining but if it is going to be a competition the judges have to obey the rules as well as the competitors and they shouldn't have been so lenient with earlier transgressions. Scoring has been fat too high from the start and they now have nowhere to go after giving all those early 7s, 8s and 9s.
Len is the only one with real ballroom experience as a competitor, judge and teacher and quite rightly likes to see certain basic steps. The others have been successful dancers and/or choreographers but that does not make them experts in ballroom although Craig does nit pick very well on technique and his scoring is usually the most pertinent.
Ballroom includes 5 standard and 5 latin dances, all of which have strict rules for tempo, footwork, posture and lifts. There are none allowed in the 10 ballroom dances. There are even rules for the American Smooth with 3 lifts and so much of it having to be in hold but pretty well anything goes in the latino dances such as salsa and Argentine tango and oddballs such as the Charleston.
I'd quite like to see some Boogie and Bachata in the mix as they are great fun to dance and attractive to watch but mostly I'd like to see rues being observed and judges being dispassionate and objective.
There's plenty of entertainment provided by the dancers, the band and the guest performers and no need for any other messing about.