It is widely argued that difficulty should never come before the execution of a dance move or combination. Whilst high level competitions demand more and more from competing dancers, ultimately it is more important to execute the movement well and with high quality, rather than struggle with something that is too challenging.
On the competition circuit, when a dancer executes a new “trick” successfully onstage, it is something that every other dancer must then aspire to, in order to keep up with the ever-rising bar that is set. The pressure to stay current is huge, as the dancer - and dance teacher - then feels as though they may be slipping away from the current standard. With some dancers, this means they push, and are pushed, to perform movements which are out of their age, safety or flexibility range, so often pose dangers to what began as a competitive, yet friendly, activity.