How To Prepare For A Ballroom Dance Competition

A Ballroom Dance Competition is a wonderful and exciting experience. Through year’s of experience, we have gathered some of the best information to help you be prepared.

Southern Heat National Dance Clubs 2015 Dance dress

The first thing you want to realize is that in those last few days before the competition you are as ready as you are going to be. You and your teacher have prepared prior to and they know that you are ready. They asked you to be part of the competition because they believed it would benefit you and that you were indeed ready. There is no amount of cramming that can be done the day before to make your dancing any better than you are at this moment. Now is the time to just relax and use the benefits of repetition. Being on the dance floor competing will actually give you the best advantage to becoming better than any amount of pre-studying. You will show off your best dancing when you are relaxed, so finding a way to de-stress will help you more than anything else. Find what works for you; humor, meditation, a hot bath…anything that puts you in your best state-of-mind.

Dancing in a competition itself is equivalent to taking almost 100 lessons. Imagine learning a sport, like say football. Now imagine that the team only practices but never plays a game….. How good would that team be? How well would they understand what those drills were for? How much motivation would they have to improve? If they could just play one game everything would suddenly become clear and that’s exactly what a Ballroom Dance Competition does for you! It is a Dancer’s Playoff Game. It is our chance to score the game winning touchdown. The experience, the electricity, the dresses and suits, the other dancers, and the confidence you gain all play a part in making you a better dancer in just two days!!

If you really want to enhance your competition experience further, try to pick one easy thing to improve in your dancing : focusing on a simple technique such as posture, frame, footwork, or just breathing can bring you great benefits in your dancing. It also helps to ease any nerves you are experiencing because it gives you something to center yourself on.

Here are some basics tips to help you prepare.

Be well rested– Arriving with enough time to get a good nights sleep the night before is an ideal way to start the competition off right.

Eat a well-balanced meal– Proper nutrition is important to any athlete. Dancing is great excercise and even though you want to make sure you are getting enough calories…it is equally important to make sure you are getting good nutritional calories. Avoid foods that are high in fats, sugar, and salt.

Get hydrated-Getting enough water will give you more of the energy and stamina you need. Start drinking lots of water leading up to the competition and make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Get your hair and makeup done– I absolutely recommend getting your hair and makeup done by a professional ballroom stylist at the event.  We all perform better when we look our best and ballroom hair and makeup is completely different than any other reason you would have to use a stylist. Ballroom hair should be tight and hold well while you are moving. You would not want your hair coming loose in the middle of the dance. It is very distracting and can hurt your performance. Make-up is much heavier then every day make-up because of the lights and the distance. Without the proper stage make-up, you could look washed out on the dance floor and in your pictures. Having a professional do it for you for, at least, the first five times will give you a better idea of what you need and what you like. It is also one less thing you have to worry or stress about.
Supplies

Shoes – Believe it or not one of the most forgotten items at a Ballroom Dance competition are dance shoes. Remember to pack both your rhythm and smooth shoes, as well as, dress shoes for dinners.  (Men-Extra shoelaces are always a good idea.)

Dance Costumes- You will need both a Smooth and Rhythm dress or suit. A Ballroom costume is designed to give you comfortable ease of movement, while showing off your best features and inspiring movement. There is something enchanting about the way a great dress or suit makes you look and feel.

Southern Heat National Dance Clubs 2015 Dance

Clothes– Casual clothes for breakfast and down time. You will also need semi-formal and formal wear for dinners. Formal wear is reserved for the last evening and should be a long gown for the ladies and a black suit or tux for the men.Southern Heat National Dance Clubs 2015 Student Awards

Toiletries and Makeup-Toothbrush, razors, lotion, and any other must haves for getting ready will need to be packed. Ladies, you will need your normal makeup for breakfast or for any touch ups. I prefer to keep a bright red lipstick with me at all times. Also, Eyelashes: Typically your makeup stylist can provide these for you but I do like to pick up a handful if I see them on clearance. (Make sure you have eyelash glue.)

Jewelry or other accessories– It is eye-catching to add matching sparkly jewelry to Ballroom gowns and dinner dresses, or a great tie to a suit.Don’t forget to include these in your ensemble.

Extras– A few things that are helpful to include are mints, protein bars (for snacks), a mini sewing kit, and  extra socks or hose….Not always necessities, but nice to have just in case.

Southern Heat National Dance Clubs 2015 Championship Awards

We hope you enjoyed this post on how to be prepared for a Ballroom Dance Competition. Remember to eat healthy and drink plenty of water but most importantly relax, make new friends, and enjoy the Competition!

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Lose Yourself in the Moment – Dance A Routine

Losing yourself in a dance or Living a Dance is one of the most glorious moments you will ever experience. For those few moments you become the dance, the emotions, and the experience. As you exist in the music, you learn to let go and live in the present. Stress melts away and you become free. You connect with partner and move the audience …as they experience the dance with you. The feeling is the equivalent of making that winning shot in the game as the crowd goes wild!

One of the most effective ways to add this to your dancing is to learn and perform a routine. Dancing a routine gives you the ability to get so comfortable with the steps that you have the ability to enhance the quality  and the emotion of your dancing!

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New steps – Learn some new advanced moves

Stretch National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016

Quality -Learn advanced technique 

 National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016

Learn a new dance

“A new dance to learn, she took on character and played the role well..”

Be expressive

Smile National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016

Connect with partner or partners 

“Their confidence has increased drastically in each other”

Connect with the audience

 National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016

Lose Yourself and Let Go

“They both relaxed into the dance as they learned the routine…watching them connect and breathe into the dance was beautiful to watch.”

 National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016

Performing a routine is an exquisite moment that every dancer should experience! Lose yourself in the movement and Live the Dance!!!

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Wow! What a Show!! Ballroom Jukebox 2016 Highlights & Review

Ballroom Jukebox

A Mr. Peters Production


This years Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show was a great representation of not only the fun we have but also the hard work that is put in at National Dance Clubs of Murfreesboro.  Spring Show was a wonderful success and a great experience for all involved from those who participated in the show to those who came and watched.

Ballroom Jukebox was directed by Mr. James Peters. James Peters began his professional career in 1964 and is certified in American Bronze, American Silver, American Gold, American Supreme Gold, and Theatre Arts and is an International Modern Associate and International Modern Licentiate. He is an excellent Coach and Choreographer and is especially skilled at bringing out the best in everyone he works with.

The fabulous choreography for the show was given by James Peters, Jt Thomas, Jamiee Tuft, and Gary Pierce. The show was filled with a variety of beautiful dances using each individuals own characteristics. Thank you to all of our participants who helped in making this show so wonderful (Pat Houseman, Manya Alvizo, Ken Holbert, Michelle Sutter, Eric & Kimberly Ouimet,  Katie Jordan, Denise Burns, Tyler & Tara McCamay,  Larry & Betsy Vanover, Sue Phillips, Jim & Beverly Calder, Mark Templeton, Janet Fulton, and Sandra Phurrough), and to our fantastic team of Ballroom Professionals! Highlights of the show are shown below curtesy of Lady Caroline Photography.

National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Ashley & Riley
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ashley & Riley

 

 

National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Bow
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Grand Bow
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Pro/Am Rumba Formation Fly Love – Denise Burns, Manya Alvizo, Tara & Tyler McCamey, Betsy & Larry Vanover, Ashlea, Cara, John, Vincent, Marcelis, Riley, Chelsea, Josh
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Vanover
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Pro/Am Rumba Formation Fly Love – Denise Burns, Manya Alvizo, Tara & Tyler McCamey, Betsy & Larry Vanover, Ashlea, Cara, John, Vincent, Marcelis, Riley, Chelsea, Josh
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Vincent & Cara
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Vincent & Cara
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Vincent & Chelsea
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Vincent & Chelsea
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Janet
Rain in Spain Janet Fulton with John & Josh
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Janet
Rain in Spain Janet Fulton with John & Josh
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Calder
My Guy Beverly & Jim Calder with Chelsea & Vince
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Poodle Skirt
My Guy Beverly & Jim Calder with Chelsea & Vince
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show
Do You Believe in Magic? Katie Jordan with Riley & Josh
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Riley & Josh
Do You Believe in Magic? Katie Jordan with Riley & Josh
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show
Are We Dancing? Ken Holbert with Chrischianna & Ashlea
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Ali
Prince Ali Ken Holbert with Chrischianna, Cara, Tania, Marcelis, & Vincent
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Ken
Prince Ali Ken Holbert with Chrischianna, Cara, Tania, Marcelis, & Vincent
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Ouimet
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads Kimberly & Eric Ouimet with Rebecca & John
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016 Ouimet
Baubles, Bangles, and Beads Kimberly & Eric Ouimet with Rebecca & John
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Manya
By Strauss Manya Alvizo with Riley

 

National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Mark
Havana Nights Mark Templeton with Tania
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Riley
By Strauss Manya Alvizo with Riley
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Mark
Havana Nights Mark Templeton with Tania
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Pat
Be Our Guest Pat Houseman with Vincent, Chelsea, Elizabeth, Rebecca, & Marcelis
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016 Pat
Be Our Guest Pat Houseman with Vincent, Chelsea, Elizabeth, Rebecca, & Marcelis
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Michelle
Jealousy  Michelle Sutter with John
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Sutter
Jealousy  Michelle Sutter with John
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show PH
Espana Cani  Pat Houseman with Vincent, John, Riley, & Vince
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016 Pat
Espana Cani  Pat Houseman with Vincent, John, Riley, & Vince
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Sandra
If My Friends Could See Me Now                    Sandra Phurrough with Vince & John

 

National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show 2016 Sandra
If My Friends Could See Me Now             Sandra Phurrough with Vince & John
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Formation 1
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Pro/Am Rumba Formation Fly Love – Denise Burns, Manya Alvizo, Tara & Tyler McCamey, Betsy & Larry Vanover, Ashlea, Cara, John, Vincent, Marcelis, Riley, Chelsea, Josh
National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Sue Josh
Crazy World Sue Phillips with Josh

 

National Dance Clubs Spring Show 2016 Formation
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Pro/Am Rumba Formation Fly Love – Denise Burns, Manya Alvizo, Tara & Tyler McCamey, Betsy & Larry Vanover, Ashlea, Cara, John, Vincent, Marcelis, Riley, Chelsea, Josh
National Dance Clubs Ballroom Jukebox Spring Show Formation 2
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Pro/Am Rumba Formation Fly Love – Denise Burns, Manya Alvizo, Tara & Tyler McCamey, Betsy & Larry Vanover, Ashlea, Cara, John, Vincent, Marcelis, Riley, Chelsea, Josh
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Vince & Tania
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Vince & Tania
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals John & Elizabeth
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals John & Elizabeth
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals John & Rebecca
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals John & Rebecca
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Josh & Elizabeth
National Dance Clubs Spring Show Ballroom Professionals Josh & Elizabeth

 

Congratulations all!! Watch for our next post to hear more about this exciting show!

Check out National Dance Clubs for more information on how you can learn to Ballroom Dance or share it with your friends.

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Authors : Nancy McCaskill, Courtney Kirby

Five Secret Reasons To Go To A Dance Party!!

Why someone would go to a Dance Party seems like it would be pretty easy to understand, but aside from the obvious there are actually hidden reasons to get out and party!!! Let’s talk about both!

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Obvious reasons to go to a National Dance Clubs Friday Night Dance Party….

Fun – Absolutely! I can’t think of anything more fun than an evening of dancing, and with a new theme every week, a live band,  refreshments, and a show…. a Friday Night Party is a perfect evening of entertainment!

Meet new people – Ballroom dancing is a great way to meet new people who are looking for a healthy, energizing, and artistic way  to enjoy their free time. There is always someone new, and since we are so comfortable changing partners there is always the opportunity to make new friends.

To be social with friends – Getting out and enjoying the company of people with similar interests is so refreshing. We are the “Happiest, friendliest spot in town” and, just like on the show “Cheers”, walking into a place where everyone knows you and is happy to see you can be the best part of your day!

Enjoy the music – Many say that Music is communication of the soul and Dance is the expression of freedom. Music touches parts of us that are longing to be released. You know what I mean, because when your favorite song comes on, we all feel it…the excitement…the energy…the motivation to move. Experiencing a live band adds even more excitement to the evening! band

Date night – Spending time with your significant other is important, and with our busy, modern lifestyle it is also easy to be put on the back burner. We have to make our relationship a priority, parties give you a chance to carve out the time to ensure you have weekly moments of togetherness. Spending time having fun together keeps the flame burning bright!

Getting some adult time – If you have small children, or just children in general, it’s refreshing to spend time doing something you enjoy. When you fill yourself with a hobby your passionate about, you will have more energy to give to others.

5 Secret hidden reasons to go to the Party

  1. The teachers are there to help YOU!  Our teachers are there at the parties to help you enjoy the dancing, and they are there in case, as a beginner, you need a little help getting started. We all needed help with which songs go to which dance and getting started on time as a new dancer. We are always happy to help. Dancing is a unique sport & skill because it is learned. We all remember what it was like and are eager to encourage other beginners.
  2. Rocket-boost your Dancing. Try out all the new moves you learned on your lessons this week. Repetition is the key to learning and you can maximize your lessons while you are having fun. You got some great new steps or techniques and with a little practice not only will you solidify them and make them more comfortable, but for our go-getters this will help you move onto learning new moves and setting new dance goals faster! table
  3.  Feel the excitement of Progress!  Mastering the moves you have been working on gives you a great boost of achievement and self-esteem. Being able to dance your moves in a comfortable environment gives you the confidence to try your moves with dancers of different skill levels. See what moves are working and which ones need work. After the party, when you have your next lesson, you can let your teacher in on the excitement you felt with your progress and some of the areas that you would like to see improvement!
  4. Experience the Miracle of Ballroom Dancing. Communicating with a partner through the miracle of dance(Lead/Follow) is one of the most amazing and magnificient joys of ballroom dancing. Dancing with lots of different people gives you a chance to experience many leads and follows and perfect your own. Other dancers are like a mirror to ourselves. Dancing with many partners helps you to feel, or see, how your lead/follow is working so that you can become a better dancer. If you continuously dance with one person, you can actually adapt to each others bad habits, or only become comfortable dancing with them. For those of you that have a special someone, improving your lead or follow by dancing with others helps make you a better dancer for them (note you will always feel best dancing with that special someone).
  5. Feel the Joy of Ballroom Dancing. Last but not least and most importantly, you take the thinking out of learning and feel the joy of Dancing. As with learning many types of artistic skills, playing the right keys on the piano is not enough…it’s how you play the notes. It’s letting go and allowing the music to come from deep within you. You know when you are comfortable with a step when you no longer have to think hard about dancing it….when you can just simply express the joy of dancing!!

We hope you have had a chance to Experience Ballroom! If not, please contact National Dance Clubs to schedule your first lesson today! No partner, skill, or experience necessary. Anyone can learn to dance.

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Thank you to Lady Caroline Photography for the great pictures!