"I speak two languages, Body and English." ~Mae West
Today, it includes the following style categories: Standard, Latin and Ten Dance. These categories apply to both individual couples and formation dance. It is clear that those interested in going into competitions should get into the International Style of Dance.
"The Times They Are A'Changin'" by Bob Dylan
At most competitions, the circumstances in which you dance are very controlled — you know the dance you’re doing, who you’re dancing with (your partner), the level at which the others are dancing (your class or difficulty level), the time you’re on the floor (a single heat is usually only a few minutes long), the steps to do (the syllabus), and the music is a certain tempo (set by rules).
The real judges are those looking for specific, predefined things to put into your score. So you’re doing a controlled thing (dancing) in a controlled environment (at a competition) for predefined reasons (where do you rate on the scoring sheet?) for an audience who knows something about what you’re doing.
"Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones
If and you probably do, read Calvin's blogs you will probably find them interesting. They have a lot of fine points in their menu, However! When they start to look at you down their noses while holding their heads high, then we have a "separation" which was not called for by us but by them. And we will respect that separation, - meanwhile we can salute all the good ones and wish all of you continued good luck.