You Showed Up

You showed up and it’s a good thing you did! Now your dance career can begin and half the battle of anxiety and going through the motions to get there are out of the way. Of course, the whole objective is to have fun and enjoy what you are doing.

The great thing about ballroom/dancesport competition is that you can show off what you already know while developing new skills right there on the dance floor. There is a certain kind of confidence that comes with the ability to perform in front of people that you can’t get from taking lessons and practicing.  It’s called

hands on experience. You learn so much from performing. You are able to observe your competitors, what they are wearing and what is appropriate attire for the occasion. You get a sense as to what works and what doesn’t on the dance floor. You learn to be patient and polite, among other important skills. You meet new people you would not normally be meeting anywhere else; that are like nobody else you will ever meet! You will see that ballroom/dancesport competitions have very detailed rules and sticking to them is to your advantage. You learn as you go and it can be a lot of fun. Nothing develops social skills and builds better confidence than a good or in some cases, bad competition experience.  There’s a lot to retain for the future, either way.

The other great thing about entering a competition is the ability to rack up good points to help you win medals and valuable prizes. It actually works as an incentive program to get rewarded for your skill and ability while you climb the “dance ladder” to achieve higher levels. You can go at your own pace and enjoy the fruits of your labor along the way. The Fordney Foundation encourages all of our friends and dancers to check our monthly blogs for the competitions as they occur monthly. I tell you when and where in the United States they will be. You can even be part of the audience, as we encourage you, your friends and parents to see what a competition is all about, before you get your feet wet, so to speak.

If you’ve ever talked to a pro-am dancer who has performed in a competition, they will all tell you about the “rush” of the moment. They will tell you how they become so immersed in their dancing, it’s like being in another world and the only one in this world is you and your partner! They are so transfixed in what they are doing, nothing else matters. Personally, I think this is what life is about. Having your own personal moment, in your own personal world, while enriching your life, sounds pretty awesome to me. It’s down right

exciting! Dancers say they develop this “instant craving” to perform again, right after their very first competition! They immediately want more, bigger and better challenges.

So if you love to dance and you’ve been toying with the idea of “should you or should you not” perform at a competition, this blog is meant to push you over the edge. I promise you will come away with a new perspective and probably enjoy living on the edge for awhile!

Happy dancing,

Thought Of The Week:

Imagination is the highest form of research – Albert Einstein



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