Going into your first dance competition can be nerve-wracking, regardless of whether you’ve been at the dance studio a few weeks or several months. Normally, you want to do your best. However, what if you mess up your routine, something goes wrong with your costume or you forget to bring a crucial item? While most of the time these issues don’t occur, they can still be major worries until your routine is over. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to plan yourself so these issues don’t occur. Consider these five dance tips on how to prepare for your first competition.
1. Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice makes great, right? While continually practicing your routine permits you to really nail down your steps and totally understand the timing, it also improves your stamina. The more you practice, the better your breathing gets, the stronger your legs get and the easier the routine becomes. Every time you practice, just allow yourself 30 seconds in between ending and beginning the dance again. That way, you can set up your muscles for exactly what will happen once the competition comes.
2. Consider Yourself A Teacher
Every time you dance, you should consider it to be a demonstration rather than a performance. Believe that you are showing others how to dance as opposed to being judged on your style of dancing. With this mindset, you will want every move you make to be graceful, fluid and perfectly done so that others can gain from you.
If you believe that you are leading the way, rather than attempting to demonstrate moves that will be judged by others, you’re much more likely to rehearse – and perform – better. Don’t follow, teach!
“Believe that you are showing others how to dance instead of being judged on your dancing.”
3. Don’t Make Last-Minute Routine Changes
Many dancers will stress over their daily practice for so long that they worry it’s not perfect and needs to be changed. So, they might start by changing one straightforward move, and slowly chip away at their whole routines. This isn’t the correct move to make. Once you have your routine down pat, don’t obsess over it.
Instead, let it be – don’t consider it if you can make it look better. The only time you should be wondering if you should have changed your routine is after you get your score back. Additionally, little changes can alter what you pack.
4. Eat Right
Eating the right meal before your dance competition is critical to your performance. You can eat the correct meal and you can definitely eat the wrong one. After a couple of performances, you may learn what foods work best for you. However, at the first one that can be difficult to determine.
Instead of eating one big meal before going to your competition, eat several snacks to keep you light and energized without feeling heavy or bloated. Consider eating healthy foods like vegetables, as well as protein-based ones. Think about snack options such as peanut butter and apples, trail mix, carrots and hummus, and cheese and crackers.
5. Let Loose
During your routine, it’s important to look as comfortable as possible. Many judges will look to see if you look normal in your dance. Judges don’t want to see that you look stiff or awkward in the routine, which can make or break your total score. At the end of the day, practice the routine enough so you can do it in your sleep, but have confidence that you can do it too!