26 November 2006

When 'natural' counts as 'trained'?

I’m a bit puzzled over chess-champ-come-dancer Arianne Caoili being told she’s too good.

She comes from a dancing (Philipino) culture & I’d expect her to watch professional dancers as innovation/motivation & to enjoy dancing as part of her social life. Now it seems that this & a few amateur sessions (including childhood ballet classes) are being counted as full professional training by a DWTS judge.

I’d tend to follow her Mum’s view — “she could adapt easily & had a quick mind — the same skill that earned her national chess titles.” That would make her good, but not a professional.

At almost anything she turned her hand to.

Ah, well, it’s television; count common-sense out of it — what did I expect?

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