Congratulations! You just experienced a Ballroom Dance Competition! Whether it was your 1st or your 50th, you improved your skills, confidence, and solidified your progress just by getting out there. Well done! Even though the competition is over, there are still some things you can do to make the MOST out of your Experience! Maximize those results!!
The first thing to remember is to openly listen to your teacher’s opinion about your performance. They will be able to tell you about your clear honest accomplishments, as well as areas to work on. They care just as much about how well you did. After all, it is their reputation on the line with you. You may not even realize where you made the most improvement through all of the fun and excitement, so lean on your professional. If you performed a Solo you will have the added benefit of reading the judges critiques and advice which is a wonderful tool.
Remember, it is ok to want to do better as long as you can use it to fuel your focus work harder and continue to improve. Use these tools below as positive motivation and Maximize your results!!
- Take a long moment and relish in your accomplishments. Look back on from whence you came…Do you remember when you first started? What it was like? Look at you now!!!
- Read your Solo comments from the judges. What an amazing resource and tool it is to have multiple advice from top experts.
- Watch your Video – Hopefully you remembered to record the first few heats and the last few of each category. It is a excellent way to see your progress throughout the day. You will be amazed at the little improvements and the big ones.
- Create good habits. – You solidified or improved muscle memory in what you had been working on. Work towards creating many good habits in your dancing. The more good habits you develop, (such as footwork, arm styling, latin motion, etc.) the more you will be able to build and focus on in your dancing.
- A Competition gives you a new perspective- You may have experienced new dances, new styles, or seen a dancer that you admire. Capitalize on all that you soaked in by incorporating it into your dancing.
- Your mind is fresh and open to new ideas. Like a sponge you are ready to soak up more knowledge!
- Set new goals. You just Stepped Up from the last goal that you set and now you are moving towards the next step up. Keep Climbing!!
Once you are a better dancer that skill never goes away. You own it for for life! You will always be that good. You may get rusty if you stop moving at all, but that dust can be blown off. Since dancing is muscle memory, your moves will all still be there!
I once overheard a conversation at a local competition between a spectator and a seasoned competitor. I am sharing it with you because it gives some clear perspective on competing and it’s benefits. Walking through a ballroom competition one day, I overheard a spectator exclaim, “Wow, she’s a good dancer! I can see why she competes.” Without much pause someone nearby replied. “Oh no, you have it backwards. She’s that good because she competes.” The reply came from an experienced dancer who herself was quite good. We exchanged a smile as she went to line up for her next heat on the floor.
Just getting on the floor is a huge accomplishment that builds confidence and self esteem!! The more you do it the better you will be. Congratulations!