What to Expect at a Dance Competition: 3 Tips for Teachers
January 29th, 2018 by Richie Kormos
Many veteran studio owners and competition directors know what to expect at a dance competition: lots of moving parts! With so much going on, they’ll be the first to tell you that flexibility and a cool head will go very far at competition.
Regardless of how busy competition day might be, there are three things you can always count on to get you and your studio family through the event and onto the awards podium.
1. Trust Your Dancers
You’ve been there for your dancers since day one. You’ve been prepping technique for months, and you’ve been cleaning choreography for weeks. Every hour of rehearsal has led to this moment. The rest is up to them!
So cross “performance stress” off of your list of things to worry about, and let your dancers do what they love to do: DANCE! You’ll know (and they’ll know) if they performed at 100%.
Everything that comes after the performance (like reading critiques, accepting awards, and comforting your disappointed students) will help them grow as dancers and as people.
2. Trust Yourself
Organizing a team, preparing the perfect choreography, and getting everything competition-ready is no easy feat, so go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back!
Of course, there are still plenty of things to think about before the day of competition to make sure you’re 100% prepared. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you know and understand the rules of this specific competition?
- How is music played for your dancers? Do you have a backup plan?
- What does the day’s schedule look like? Where do meals line up?
One last bit of homework: send out an information packet to your parents, and ASK for a confirmation reply. Maybe hound them until you get one. Having parents who know what’s going on and are prepared for the day will make everyone’s lives 1000% easier!
3. Trust Your Passion
Every studio has a different reason for choosing to compete. Whether it’s to win big, learn important life lessons, or create tighter bonds, you and your dancers are willing to take your passion to the next level.
Competition day is supposed to be as fun as it is professionally fulfilling! You get to see your choreography on stage, your dancers in great costumes, and happy parents cheering for their kids.
At competition, be there. Be present. Be the positivity that your dancers need to feel before they perform. They’re there to dance! The more comfortable they feel, the more confident they feel, the better they’ll do.
This competition season, make sure to have the right mindset.
With the right preparation, you and your studio will have the best competition experience yet!
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