If your answer is, “I love to dance!“, you’re not alone. Indeed, there are many reasons people love to dance. For example, you’re developing long, lean muscles and have fewer aches and pains. Furthermore, your posture and poise are improving and it’s probably becoming easier for you to handle stressful situations. As a matter of fact, you’re starting to look and move like a dancer. And, it’s a great feeling. That is, until one day your instructor says, “I would like you to compete in a ballroom dance competition”.
“Huh? You’ve got to be kidding!”
“Not kidding. Just take this short survey. Then read, “Why Compete in a Ballroom Dance Competition?” and see if you don’t agree with me.”
A Short Survey
Which of the following applies to you? I…
…enjoy the satisfaction that comes from improving my performance.
…love the sense of achievement that I get when I set a goal and reach it.
…want to be challenged.
…like to put forth extra effort in competitive situations.
…have a strong desire to be the best.
Why Compete in a Ballroom Dance Competition?
In short, performing in a ballroom dance competition improves concentration, coordination, and creativity. Besides, working hard to improve your performance shows love and respect for your teacher, your school, and yourself.
Please read this Dance Safari post, “What Kind of Ballroom Dancer Do You Want to Be?“.
“I just started dancing a few months ago. How can I be good enough for a competition?”
Because ballroom dance competitions use a system to make it fair for all competitors. To sum up, you’ll be dancing with your instructor in what’s called Pro-Am. Also, divisions are based on your age, sex, and level of dancing starting with the Newcomer or Pre-Bronze level and going all the way up to Gold. Finally, you’ll compete with others at your age and level.
“I’m uncomfortable with people watching me. Why should I put myself in that position?”
That’s certainly an understandable question seeing how nobody ever walked into a ballroom dance studio and said, “I want to compete“. But, there’s a reason that these events have been around for decades and are now more popular than ever.
To begin with, ballroom dance professionals know that competitions are a great way to quickly raise your level of dancing. In fact, they know this from personal experience because they’ve seen it in themselves and in their students.
So, when your teacher suggests a ballroom competition for you, he is showing that he cares for you as a student.
Setting a short-term goal like competition will greatly improve your technique and style. Equally important, knowing that you’ll be getting up in front of the judges and fellow competitors, you’ll naturally train a bit harder.
While you’re at it, learn here why experts say setting goals is important and print out some goal setting worksheets.
By competing, you’ll become a better dancer more quickly. And, you’ll experience the thrill and excitement of participating in an event that’ll create memories to last a lifetime! So, what do you say? Ready to give it a shot?
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