As I mentioned in my last Art vs. Sport posting, Wendy and I were interviewed by a student, Renata, who was preparing a thesis on the complex issue of art vs. sport in ballroom dancing. You might be interested in reading the full interview, so it is provided here with Renata’s permission.
Slovenia has produced more than its share of astounding dancers. During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver last week, the entire world was inspired by another Slovenian athlete. Her heroic story gives some insight to the grit and determination of that country’s amazing people.
We’ve known for some time that Europeans train with a greater intensity than do most North American DanceSport competitors, particularly when compared to those on the west coast. This is something discussed often when dancers get together. But it’s doubtful that many competitors understand just how significant the difference is.