Every once in a while, I see posts complaining about others dancing down, i.e. they think some people who should be dancing in higher level are dancing in a lower level, taking away trophies from those who deserve them better. I actually have some thoughts on this that is probably not of the majority. So I want to share, and welcome you to share your thoughts. I have never danced down personally, but I wish I could have stayed in the lower levels longer to build a better foundation of my basics. I wish other dancers have stayed in syllabus levels longer so that it would not have been too awkward for me to stay there honing on my basics. I've only competed in Standard, so I can only speak of standard. I think often couples move up too quickly to PreChamp or Championship level. The result is that you see half of the PreChamp field is dancing fancy routines, while still struggling with basics. I had been an example of those, basically I moved to Novice level after I learned only the Bronze figures, and placed out of gold with my bronze routine + one or two silver figures. I remembered distinctly, after we placed out, I was like "what? I'm done with syllabus already? but I still don't know half of the figures in the book, and I'm still struggling with my natural spin turns." I'm not really for dancing down, but I do wish the level of dancing at the syllabus level is higher than what it currently is. I think I'm seeing such a change in recent 2 years. People dancing gold final now is so much better than people who are dancing in gold final 2 years ago. If this is the consequence of some people "dancing down", then so be it, I think it is a good change, to have a longer time to work on basics and build a strong foundation for open routines. One may argue that you can still work on basics when doing open routines. True. But the point is that the focus is not as intense as in the syllabus level. Couples doing open routines inevitably has to spare much of their time to work on their open figures. On the same token, I wish there are some real open couple participate in the Master of Syllabus event at MAC. Right now, really only syllabus dancers do it, occasionally you would see Novice couples, but extremely rare to see preChamp couples there. It may due to the schedule, but it is a pity nonetheless to not able to see high level couples doing a full syllabus routine beautifully. Just my 2 cents. Would love to hear what others has to say on this.