I knew there was going to be one of these. I acknowledged that there were people like that out there (though I’d think they’re the exception rather than the norm), I just said that being in OC would be a big help and that you’d have a harder time if you weren’t. Part of the exam is demo-ing, so if someone really couldn’t get out of novice the fact of the matter is it’s going to be darn hard to demo a step to a world medal holder to a decent standard. There are marks rewarded and deducted on the demo! I’m sure a non-OC could very capable of teaching a non-OC, but a novice dancer teaching a world medal holder is just not realistic to me and if they can then they are exception! Not competing is a different story; I know lots of people who never competed but are great dancers, but they’re also not going for their TC.
I didn’t say it was impossible, but it’s going to be a heck of a lot harder and from my experience of the exam the standard of your own dancing was most definitely judged stringently (their faces didn’t lie!)
totally agree… it’s a hard fact to swallow but those who passed the TC who weren’t in championships I’ve noticed don’t have very successful competitive dancers. not all obviously, but a majority.
But fun fact Mary mcging never even qualified for the oireachtas and she’s had 2 world champions so hey ya never know
Also fun fact, I’m not sure this is true, my grandma told me and my aunt danced at Richens so someone correct me if I’m wrong, but she told me Anne Richens only won a couple of medals 😳😳 and she is a legend. So yeah fun fact of the day
But you also have to account for the fact that competition opportunities were much more limited back then (esp in North America) and the standard of dancing wasn’t evolving as quickly and wasn’t as athletic as today. Another post says Mary McGing never qualified for Oireachtas, but…was there an Oireachtas being held locally when she was young? Was she dancing with non-certified teachers? Were there even qualifications for an Oireachtas at that time?
And Ann Richens grew up with my teacher so I’m pretty sure he can confirm she won more than a couple of medals, haha. Though it makes for a nice story.
Michael Kenny and Frances McGahan never made it past intermediate (UK prize winner/prelim equiv), apparently.
Some people who end up as teachers just weren’t that competitive for themselves. Doesn’t mean their actual skill level wasn’t up to par. Competition level achieved doesn’t always match up to actual ability level.