Be A Phenom

Start today, be the best you can be! Phenom is a word that is short for phenomenal. Dancers who own this title are few and far in between. Sure, there are exceptional dancers in all dance categories, but are they phenoms?

A phenom is a person who is outstandingly talented or admired, especially an up-an-comer. You see my young dancers – you literally can have the leg up (pun intended) over lots of other dancers because you are up-and-coming!   Since up-and-coming is a key factor here, let us focus on ballroom dancing per se, and discuss options and protocol in approaching phenom status.

Is it going to happen overnight…of course not. What amazing and powerful dimension of life occurs without tremendous work, drive, ambition and talent being poured into it on a consistent basis? Does every little thing you do, say, wear and feel affect how much you want to dance? If you said, “yes,” you could be a phenom protégé in the making. Becoming outstanding and an all out super dancer takes a certain kind of person with a strong mind-set, awareness of self and certain abilities and attitude no one else has. These people will know how to open doors and keep them open while still reaching for new plateaus. Phenoms eat, think and sleep their dreams to reality. What they value, is the goal they wish to achieve. And they are better than anybody else at doing it! This may sound like tall dance shoes to fill, and indeed it is, but that is exactly why everyone cannot and will not be a phenom.

Let’s start with basic concepts. Ballroom dancers study long and hard to master dances in the distinct categories of ballroom dance. They take dance classes, dance lessons and learn to work with several teachers and coaches. On top of that, it is highly recommended that you find a dance partner that flatters your technique and style. A great partnership helps you excel at being even a better, more well rounded dancer than you were before. And you only get that way after many hours of practice with your partner and expert training from your teachers and coaches.

It is also highly desirable to have a mentor, somebody you look up to. Inspiration is important to dancers. On days when you are tired, hungry and sore – it will be your heart that will allow you to go the distance. Passion is a key element in creating phenoms. The deeper your soul is immersed into dance, the easier it will be to conquer the throne. There are rigorous dance schedules revolved around your daily life. It’s something you get used to, especially if you wish to dance in competitions. There are local competitions all the way up to worldwide competitions. The phenoms in ballroom dance will be no stranger to these circuits. They will dance at as many competitions as they can, winning one trophy at a time. They will continue to dance and win over and over again.

The Fordney Foundation takes great pride in being able to help young, deserving people attain these kinds of goals. We are involved with ballroom dance on many levels. We sponsor our Dancing With Our Local Schools programs as well as various benefits. We also take part in the World Pro-Am Dancesport Series. We have no doubt that some of the young people we represent will one day take big honors at the Blackpool Dance Festival. If you or anyone you know would benefit from knowing we are here, please do not hesitate to contact us. You never know when the next, big, phenom will suddenly dance into our lives!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.   –  Unknown



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website