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!!
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!