Interesting point! I’ve noticed the same trend. I think there are more and more people coming into the dance scene trying to “make it” and just get on a team, no matter which one. I think people definitely should try and pick a team that really interests them, and best fits their style. But sometimes I think it’s really up to fate to choose what team you’ll end up with – sometimes it’s not your first choice but that team ends up being closer than blood relatives. And sometimes you make the team that you’ve always wanted to be on and you ended up hating life. So the “trickling effect” is a good thing and a bad thing.
I think it’s inevitable for people to just take the first team that offers them a spot…and then often times the next year, people move on to other teams. So yeah, loyalty is an issue, but I think as long as that person gives what they can to the team that they are on at that point in time, it’s okay. That might sound like heresy to some people who are all about loyalty, but I’m speaking from my own personal experience. I put all of my efforts into a team, and I did consider them my family (and still do to this day). And I wanted to experience something different, and I went to another competitive team. I put everything I had into that team, and I also to this day consider the people I danced with on that team my family. And now, dancing with Mavyn, I feel the same way about them. I think as long as the dancer can give whatever it is they can into that team during that year, it’s fine. The problem arises when a dancer is on a team and really would rather be somewhere else so just drags everyone down. Or when a dancer auditions for one team that is not their priority team, and then leaves sometime in the middle of the year to dance for the team they really wanted in the first place. Not cool!