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vivian2

15-05-02, 04:08 PM (GMT)
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"Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regulatory board?"
 
  
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.


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  RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regu... Terry Amos 15-05-02 1
     RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regu... vivian2 17-05-02 2
         RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regu... eugdog 17-05-02 3
  RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regu... frenchygirl 23-05-02 4

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Terry Amos

15-05-02, 08:27 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regulatory board?"
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   It isn't important enough to go to all this trouble. In Olympic sports, winning medals is the whole purpose of the events. Ballet competitions have little to do with art form. They are useful only in allowing young dancers to be seen by company directors who might give them a job.


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vivian2

17-05-02, 02:52 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet Competitions- should there be an independent regulatory board?"
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   Dear Terry,

When youngsters want to perform and gain experience, they can be very useful and the participants deserve every FAIR chance of being 'seen' as you put it. If poeple take the trouble to pay, prepare and dance in them , surely they deserve an honest deal,
carefully monitored so as to avoid damage to aspiring young dancers.


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eugdog

17-05-02, 03:56 PM (GMT)
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   I would hope that ballet competition judging is not rigged. It is not a world wide sport with national pride on the line. The winner does not represent his/her country but him/herself.

Do they play the national anthem of the country of the winner at Varna?


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frenchygirl

23-05-02, 09:32 PM (GMT)
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   ;Your subject caught my attention. As a senior Canadian Figure Skating enthusiast from Barbara-Ann Scott days, I would highly recommend an independent regulatory board. What happened in Salt Lake City was a disgrace. A good word of advice would be
"to learn from other peoples' mistakes".
Rita, Toronto, Canada


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