Is it too soon to go to a Dance Competition?
If you are a fan of watching Dancing with the Stars, you might be wondering when it is the right time to go to a dance competition yourself. The answer is you don’t have to wait any particular length of time. Even if you have recently enrolled in your Bronze program, you can go compete!
Dance competitions are organized so that you are competing with amateur students of your same age and experience level. If you are a new student you don’t need to worry about competing against people who have been practicing for several years. In your experience level there are divisions called Closed Category where you can only use movements from that level. Open Category allows you to pull movements or techniques that you might be learning in the next level up.
You have the choice to compete in Freestyles, amalgamations of that particular dance like Foxtrot that can be danced to any Foxtrot music. There will be other couples of your level on the dance floor too. Or you can choose to also dance Solo Routines. You and your teacher can put together a routine to a song of your choosing. Some studios do formations too! This is a great way to get to know the other students in your studio.
Getting ready for a competition can take some practice, but it’s never too early to sign up! Ask your teacher which competitions the studio is attending for the year and together figure out which one is right for you and put together a practice plan. Happy Dancing!