Many people enjoy dancing and even love to take dance lessons, but deciding to enter the world of competitive dance is a whole other ballgame. Even people that consider themselves to be good dancers are often intimidated by the thought of doing it competitively. However, if you like the thought of working hard toward a goal and you have the discipline necessary to master your dance steps, the team here at Modern Ballroom Dance Studio would like to encourage you to try competitive dancing! Check out our post on how to prepare for your first dance competition and then visit our website to learn more about our studio.

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Getting Started

Anyone can plan to enter a competitive dance competition — don’t assume that it’s only for people who have danced for many years. There are many different levels and dance categories, so just about anyone can compete. Whether you’re just getting started or you have many years of dancing under your belt, deciding to take part in a dance competition can be scary and exciting at the same time. The best thing to do is to commit to your goal and just get started.

Lock in the Date

One of the best ways to really get serious about training for your competition is to set a date. Setting a date doesn’t mean that you hope to be good enough to enter a competition by then; it means that you should actually register and lock in the date of your competition. Making a commitment to something before you’re ready can be terrifying, but it’s also the best way to find your motivation. There will be days when you just don’t feel like dancing — and that’s okay! But you’ll have to get back in the studio the following day because you know that you have a competition coming up.

Dance Classes

If you’re planning to enter a competition, chances are you’ve already taken some dance classes. In order to really be prepared, however, you’ll want to take additional classes. Learning from a professional dancer will allow you to branch out and learn new things. They’ll also show you where you need to improve, and they can help answer any questions about competitive dancing. If you’re looking for dance classes in the Woodbridge area, we encourage you to stop by to meet our instructors and to get a tour of our studio.

Practice

When it comes to being as prepared as possible for your first dance competition, there’s nothing more important than practicing. Practicing not only helps you feel comfortable and sure of your dance moves, but it also helps you build up the stamina you’ll need to compete. By practicing the steps over and over you’ll keep improving and soon you’ll be able to perform the moves without even thinking about them. This can be very helpful when you’re nervous and all eyes are on you.

Practice is not only helpful for improving your technique and building stamina, but also practicing in the shoes you’ll be wearing in competition is absolutely necessary. While you probably won’t wear your competition shoes for every practice, you should wear them as much as possible to get used to how they feel, especially the height.

Learn to Be Okay With Making Mistakes

Everyone wants to practice for perfection, but when it comes to dancing, mistakes will happen. The important thing is how you deal with your mistakes. During a competition, you have to learn to keep smiling and keep dancing and assume no one has noticed. Everyone makes mistakes, but if you hold your head high and give it your all, you can still come out on top.

Take Care of Yourself

Training for a competition is just that — training. That means that you should treat this time just as you would if you were training for a marathon. You can put in hours of practice every single day, but if you don’t take care of yourself and your body, you won’t do well. While it’s good to treat your body right all of the time, it’s especially critical during dance training. Make sure that you eat right and drink plenty of water. You’ll also want to make sure that you’re getting plenty of rest and good quality sleep because your body will need to recuperate after all of those intense practice sessions!.

Remember to Have Fun

It can be easy to get too serious, especially if this is your first time or you’re a highly competitive person. That’s why we want to remind you to enjoy the journey and have fun. Practice hard and learn from your instructors and other students, but in the end just go out and give it your best. Even if you trip over your feet mid-dance and place last in the competition, hopefully you can walk away feeling like you’ve accomplished something and will be ready to get back out on the dance floor during the next competition.

Contact Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge

Whether you’re new to dancing and would like to learn more about competitive dance or you’re an experienced dancer that wants to start competing, Modern Ballroom Dance Studio can help. Our instructors are accomplished professionals with a passion for dancing and they can help you no matter what your goals or experience level. If you want to learn from the best, stop by our studio in Woobridge or visit the staff profiles page of our website. We look forward to dancing with you!