If you haven't been to a live ballroom dance competition, and I don't necessarily mean to compete yourself, you're in for a treat.
Each year, Jacksonville's own Kaluby's Dance Club hosts a good-sized dance competition right here on the First Coast. Fittingly, it's called the First Coast Classic (go figure), and it's held at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort.
The action starts Thursday, October 1st, and continues through Saturday, October 3rd. You'll see pro-am dancing (in which one partner is a professional and one partner is an amateur) at every level, from newcomers up through experienced competitors, all day/evening Thursday, and during the days Friday and Saturday. Hopefully, there will also be some amateur couples (in which both partners are amateurs). Most of the professional heats (in which both partners are professionals) are held Friday and Saturday nights.
This is probably a "duh," but by the way --
"Amateur" means that the dancer pursues his dancing as a hobby (or a serious hobby) (or an intensely serious hobby) instead of as a career. It does not indicate that his dancing is amateurish or lacking in merit. (Remember when all the athletes we sent to the Olympics were considered amateurs? But there was nothing amateurish about their feats!)
"Professional" indicates a dancer who dances for a career.
Anyway, spectator tickets are available for the First Coast Classic this weekend, and it's a comp that tends to draw some good couples. Plus, you may recognize some of the competitors. John Glessner and some of our friends from Avondale Dance Directions will be representin.' For a change of pace this weekend, go check it out!