Pro-Am expenses fall under the categories Entry Fees, Pro Fees, and AdmissionTickets. It is everything that a Pro-Am student is responsible for when doing Pro-Am competitions. There are no hidden costs or last minute expenses.
Competition Entry Fees
Every competition will have their own fee structure for entries. Pro-Am competitions charge anywhere between $10-35/dance for single dance events and $15-100 for multi dance events (multiple dances - usually with Scholarship Prize Money). The Entry Fee for a Scholarship is higher because the student has the opportunity to win as much as $500 at some competitions, the Scholarship has multiple dances, and often will have multiple rounds, thus more dancing. Usually competitions will have a minimum of 5 single dance entry requirement in order to qualify for a Scholarship Event.
Pro-Fees are fees that go directly to the professional. Some pros charge a flat fee, but Kora and I prefer to do a variable fee depending on how many events and dances a student will be doing. In doing so, we save many students money because the variable fee will be lower in most cases. The Variable fee can be no more than $500 which is reasonable flat fee for most professionals. In other words, if you dance a million entries (assuming we don't get hospitalized from too much dancing) your fees will still total $500, but if you only have 2 entries then you don't have to pay a huge flat fee and instead just pay the Variable fee.
The Variable fee is 100% of Entry Fees. So, if your entry fees are $200 for the Seattle Star Ball for example, then your Variable fee will be $200. If your entries are $800 for the Seattle Star Ball), then your fee will be $500 (the maximum).
We offer a Youth discount. The Pro-Fee for Youth students is 50% of Entry Fees, rather than the normal 100%. The Competition Entry Fees are usually lower for youths as well.
Some competitions include the admission tickets in the price of the event but most will charge a separate fee to get into the event. Ticket prices vary a lot but usally are no more than $10-40. This ticket will normally include a seat and a lot of times a Professional Show.
Professionals in the Pro-Am partnership will usually incurr expenses for travel and accomodation, especially if the competition is an away comp. Most Pro's will divide those expense between their students. It is usually very unpredictable and sometimes can be prohibitive. The problem is you wouldn't know until you have already signed up for the comp and have committed.
Kora and I never liked that method, so we are doing it differently. At most competitions we have plenty of students for that amount to be negligeable enouth that we are just not charging at all for our expenses. We also travel to approximately 40 US comps a year so we are there whether our students compete with us or not so why charge them for those fees? So the Hotel, Food, and Airfare is fully paid by us. This prevents extra fees at the end of the comp resulting in a huge saving for our couples.
Kora and I get our way paid by some competitions and also win Prize money from the Professional Events, which is usually more than enough to pay for our expenses This way we pass on a significant saving onto you. For example, some of the local coaches will have 1-3 students going to a 3 day comp. Let's also say the comp is in LA. The teacher pays $250 for airfare, $300 for hotel, and $120 for food and $200 in admission tickets. So this $870 will be divided by the 3 students and so ech would have to pay $290 extra for the comp. With us $0.