Are Performance Courses Killing Social Dancing?

Coffee Lounge Friday Topic;

Are Performance Courses Killing Social Dancing?

This is a topic I have heard discussed quite often especially here in the UK. I am not sure if it is the same elsewhere in Europe but I am aware its getting like that in NYC. I am not referring to Boot Camps at Congresses which usually attract seasoned dancer, performers and instructors and they only happen at Congresses/Festivals. I mean performance course where you take relative beginners and turn them into ‘Performers’ in 6-10 weeks. No social dancing skill apparently is required. I can see from a business point of view this makes financial sense for those hosting these performances course especially here in the UK where the ‘School’ philosophy hasn’t really gained much traction (Correct me if I am wrong here). But do they produce good social dancers. Which is what I thought Salsa dancing is primarily about. What do you think?

Do these performance course make you a better dancer than those that take regular classes. People who do these course seem to be perpetually rehearsing with no time for social dancing. Or are these course just a fast-track to obtaining that ‘I AM a performer’ attitude

What say ye.

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Are Performance Courses Killing Social Dancing?