This is an excerpt from someone in the Lindy Hop world, but could.be applicable to other dance forms too: I was privy to a conversation with a pro recently and he was discussing what an honor it was to be a judge for lindy hop competitions. He feels that one of his responsibilities as a judge and respected community member is to help steer the evolution and progression of the dance. That got me thinking. As a community, are we giving too much power to select individuals in regards to the future of our dance? Do you think the evolution of the dance is driven more by social dancing or competitions? Do competitions or performances pose any kind of threat to the rest of the dance? What do you think?