What It Really Takes

Have you always dreamed of being a ballroom dancer and have already been told that you are the best dancer in your dance class? Or maybe when you watch a show like Dancing With The Stars and see the magnificent couples dancing beautiful ballroom dances, you dream that one day, that will be you gliding effortlessly on that famous dance floor?

Everybody knows to be excellent at almost anything, including ballroom dance, you need dedication, ambition and drive. These things are mandatory and obvious. Now, I’m here to tell you what you really need to be a professional ballroom dancer.

First, you need TIME. This is a must and should be the most important, preliminary factor in deciding if you should become a ballroom dancer. It’s better not to be just dreaming about being a ballroom dancer, it is necessary to be proactive and already taking dance lessons and then training after that for at least 4 to 5 hours 3 days a week.

When you feel you are at a progressive point and are disciplined enough, choose a DANCE PARTNER that completes you in as many ways as possible and shares your vision. Your dance style and techniques should be compatible. Your physical statures should be similar and most of all, you need to have a travel friend, someone you can count on to COMPETE IN COMPETITIONS with you.

You can have all the PASSION in the world to dance, but do you have enough MONEY to sustain your PASSION and see you through? Ballroom dancing (dance sport) is one of the most expensive sports in the world. You could be lucky and win a scholarship, it is possible to win a scholarship through the Fordney Foundation or receive a gift, donation or grant through various programs we offer or through some other organization. But that is not a typical situation. You must be prepared to pay for DANCE LESSONS, COSTUMES and if and when you compete, pay for lodging and travel expenses.

BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS, step out of your comfort zone and learn OTHER DANCES beside ballroom dance. It is a wise dancer who experiments with other techniques and styles to build “DANCE” CHARACTER. Along with that, it is ideal to work with many different COACHES who are willing to judge and critique your dance movements and lend inspiration.

Now I could go on and mention that you also need tons of Enthusiasm, constant Research Capability, a Never Ending Curiosity About Dance, Endurance, a Great Attitude, lots of Experience and a whole bunch of Talent, but I think you get the idea about What It Really Takes to become a Professional Ballroom Dancer. And there’s a good chance if you read this blog to the end, and it’s right up your alley, just maybe you’ll be the one I’m seeing dance on DWTS for real, no dream!

Thought Of The Week:

To LIVE is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.– Oscar Wilde

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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 https://slowmotiondancevideos.com/