10 Things Only Competition Dancers Understand
- March 30, 2016
- by by Allison Gupton of Dance Informa.
#1. Screaming for people on stage is not a faux pas.
When you walk on that stage and hear people screaming and yelling your name, or â€˜WERK!â€™ or â€˜YES!â€™, you feel empowered and supported. Itâ€™s when you donâ€™t hear people screaming that you feel uncomfortable. More cowbell!
#2. More rhinestones, please!
There can never be enough bling on your costumes. Bring on the rhinestones, sequins and glitter!
#3. When someone else has your same solo song, you freak out!
Donâ€™t panic. It happens. Their choreography is completely different anywayâ€¦ you hopeâ€¦
#4. Quick changesâ€¦allâ€¦dayâ€¦long.
The backstage workers at competition can either be your best friend or worst enemy. You just danced and walked off stage to hear, â€œOkay guys, your next dance is in three numbers.â€ Ahhhhhh.
#5. Camaraderie within your studio is so fun and necessary.
Huddling before you go on stage, having chants for your studio, and your big or little dance sister bringing you a gift at every competitionâ€¦ Itâ€™s the little things that contribute to your overall fun experience at competition.
#6. Having several â€˜studio spiritâ€™ items in your closet.
During awards at dance competitions, your mom, dad, and teachers have no problem finding their kids in the packâ€¦because you are all wearing matching studio jackets and sweats.
#7. Girls donâ€™t expect to get first overall solo if there is a boy in their age division.
And if a girl does get first overall over a boy, thatâ€™s a HUGE deal!
#8. Prop dads are SO important.
You and your fellow competition dancers wouldnâ€™t look nearly as great if it werenâ€™t for the dads carrying on and setting up the props and/or set pieces for you. Can you imagine having to do that yourself and then dance?! Thank you, prop dads everywhere.
#9. When dancers from another studio say â€œgood luckâ€ or â€œgreat jobâ€, itâ€™s refreshing.
Letâ€™s face it. Itâ€™s a competition and youâ€™re competing to get better scores than the other studio. But we all have to remember that there is life after competition and the dance world is a small one. Be respectful and pleasant to dancers from another studio, because you never know when youâ€™ll see them again. They might just become your college roommate or be in the same Broadway show as you in the future!
#10. What we do is really hard work; we just make it look effortless.
Itâ€™s one thing to go on stage and dance for an audience. Itâ€™s a whole other thing to go on stage and dance for an audience and severalÂ judges that are scoring you based on your efforts. This is pressure that not a lot of people understand. It is hard work to do well and feel good about yourself at competition. If you can perform a solo at a dance competition, you can achieve anything!