It has made me really sad lately, that email discussions regarding what is right or wrong in our sport have created a feeling of division and separation between our countries.
None of us own this sport. None of us are more right or more wrong than others. We all have good ideas in some areas and we can all improve in some areas. We do not have to agree on everything to love this sport together and we do certainly not have to fight each other to try to make our neighbour country see things the same way as we see it. Embrace the versatility and the different input from different countries. Together we are stronger – even though we are not always alike.
In the weeks prior to the conference, I felt really frustrated as I saw something that looked like the beginning of a war between European dog dancers. I am so pleased that we got to meet, see each other face to face and talk to each other. I left the conference feeling hopeful and optimistic for our sport. Yes, we do things a little differently, but we all want the same.
Also it was an eye-opener to me to see that our different rules and different judging criteria resulted in the same placings when we judged live performances. We all agreed on which routines were the best and we even agreed on the reasons for our placings. I don’t think we are as far from each other as it sometimes looks like we are.
Emmy Marie Simonsen,