You Want To Win…So Do It!

When in doubt, seek professional advice. That’s what I say to those of you who know you want to win competitions. I encourage you to ask questions, hone your craft and seek out the best possible advice from people who “have been there and done that.” There’s a lot to gain from just watching too! Pace yourself on your dance journey while being bold.  Take initiative and opportunities where they present themselves.  We are a good source too, the Fordney Foundation gives you perspective in all facets of dance and how it may affect you.  Also, familiarize yourself and be aware of all the competitions that are out there and sponsored by the Fordney Foundation.  With the Ohio Star Ball just around the corner, November 13 – 18, 2018, Fordney Foundation’s biggest event, why not show up and go for it, especially if it is your first time!

We all know that it takes practice to dance well. But it doesn’t take courage to dance in a competition, even if you have been dancing only a short time.   Actually, armed with great perseverance and dance skills sharpened, you can go out there and have the greatest time! Without a whole lot of ballroom dance experience, you can avoid falling into overthinking or becoming too nervous. Think of it as an adventure. You could place in a competition, gain points to win prizes in the future, and find out how to maneuver a competition by participating in one! Is it really that simple, well honestly; let’s apply some common dance knowledge to the situation and I think a good time can be had by all.

We can use the Olympics as a role model here. Did you notice how many pro athletes fall and trip? That is going to happen to anyone who does any kind of sport (yes, dancing is a sport). So don’t worry, get up and try again with a smile on your face. Falling, getting hurt and sometimes even failing, can make us better and stronger in the long run. Remember, there is no such thing as perfection. Experience is the key! One thing we can learn from the Olympics, is how poised and gracefully the athletes take their hard knocks. This is an art in and of itself. Basic rule number one, learn not to be too hard on yourself!

In order to shine on that dance floor and cut right through the crowd, don’t let the judges see ill-fitting clothes, inappropriate clothes or shoes for your age group or dance moves not in sync with the music. And if you appear to be running out of pizazz and energy, try building up more muscle tone to strengthen your core and legs (preferably beforehand).  All deal point breakers out on the dance floor. If you feel it, we can see it!

Finally, it is not entirely the responsibility of your partner to make you look good. Be about doing the dances accurately with concentration on“you.” Are you exuding confidence? When you think about it, who could ask for more? It is not about everyone looking at you per se, but seeing you for who you are. Are you gliding around the dance floor with comfort and ease? If so, that sends the right message. You feeling comfortable makes the dance partnership go smoothly too. It is a state of mind, it transcends to your partner, the judges and the audience. We feel it when you feel it! Medals and prizes are won when dancers look and feel like dancers.

Now go out there and rack up some points,

Best of the Best Pre-Teen Winners at OSB 2017, Photo by Alex Havasi

Thought Of the Week:

I see that the future is bright with promise. It beckons me forward into a more complete realization of my own worth and my rightful place in the Universe – “The Science of Mind”



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