In view of the recent Canadian skating competition scandal, where serious corruption of judges was exposed, would it be a good idea to set up an independent group to oversee fair play and the integrity of ballet competitions both here and abroad?
Most of us have witnessed at one point or another in our travels, the strange senarios that can occur, like the 'winner' who just happens to be personally known to several of the jury, or even stranger connections involving complicated politics, publicity and finance.
Problems are bound to happen when there are no common ground rules to adhere to and noone to 'police these events'
A regulatory body could watchdog these events in several ways;
1.Ensure the public and candidates know the marking scheme or criteria for judging --well before the comp starts.
2.Ensure the choices of dances are of roughly equal length and technical difficulty.
3.Ensure that the marks from each judge are flashed up on an overhead screen immediately after each dancer's performance in clearly defined sections.This avoids tampering with results.
This is already done in skating competitions, where each judge awards a mark for technical merit and artitsic interpretation. Could even have one for musicality,etc etc.
4.Prevent all rounds ' behind closed doors.'
5.Ensure no names /numbers/ marks can be swapped between rounds and totalling of results and announcements.
6.Insisting on selection of juries who are totally independent or have at least signed a declaration to say they have no personal connections with the candidates.
7.Proper feedback to competitors after the event.
Im sure there are loads of other preventative measures to safeguard the interests of innocent young dancers and artists who paticipate in these kind of activities with genuine enthusiasm and spirit. Sounds a bit 'scientific' but these youngsters deserve a scrupulously fair crack at their hobbies and/or chosen careers.
I have seen so many get caught up and damaged in politiking and publicity which is far from what they deserve when they participate with genuine trust and spirit.
Shame that such a beautiful art form is not better protected from devious activities or corruption.