In a recent competition, I thought that I danced reasonably well yet was annihilated by my judging panels. Totally devastated. Both my teacher and my coach thought that I danced well and didn't understand the results either. But a message was clearly being sent that the judges didn't like what they saw (or perhaps didn't see...). Due to other obligations (financial and otherwise), I can only afford to compete a few times a year. However I'm starting to wonder whether it's worth it. It seems as though every time I compete, I'm up against different competitors, so I can't judge my progress against other ladies. And I'm questioning whether I have the ability/talent to make further competitions worthwhile. Do any DFers use goals/signals that help them (or their students) determine whether to keep competing? I right now I feel like the loser kid everyone thinks, "if only someone would tell her...".