Ballroom Dance > What I Learned At My Last Comp

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by latingal, May 3, 2009.

  1. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    One caveat: use the super-strong, hard-to-undo kind of snaps. And safety-pin it. Because it's REALLY ANNOYING when it comes unsnapped while you're dancing.
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  2. little_mouse

    little_mouse Member

    Thanks for the suggestion! I guess that would get very uncomfortable.
  3. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    do not use a safety pin...don't...take my word for this...but do use the strong snaps....
  4. twothreefourone

    twothreefourone Active Member

    I used safety pins to attach my shirt to my latin trousers once, and only once. :D Didn't think that through fully. Spent the jive getting attacked with every bounce when one of the clasps popped open. At least it looked energetic... :p So be wary of safety pins with violent tendencies! :)
  5. TinyDancer109

    TinyDancer109 Well-Known Member

    this happened to me once a long time ago and it was awful!!! I could not get the snaps to stay closed for longer than a heat. in between heats, i had no choice but to safety pin it, out of fear my skirt would fly up and expose me (i normally go commando in my costumes and this was a latin dress). but i was petrified the whole time that i would get hurt - awful experience. I got rid of that costume right away.

    I prefer to just deal with the hassle of getting undressed for the bathroom.
  6. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    That having fun on the floor shows and really does impact results
  7. scullystwin42

    scullystwin42 Well-Known Member

    What I learned - To check a dress from ALL sides when trying it on before a competition! I lost some weight - smooth dress looked nice from the front, terrible from the side and back. This resulted in a mad dash to rent a dress at the last minute. Wow, those Randall dresses feel nice compared to my eBay special :)

    But fun was had. Wish I could have danced more heats!
  8. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    During intermediate silver heats... I suddenly had the worse bilat calf spasms to the point where I could barely hold myself up, and made it through the heat, but had to limp off the floor.... I had warmed up and stretched, so now I am thinking more fluids and electrolytes and perhaps too much tension when working the legs in Latin. Luckily after an hour of water, walking and stretching I completed the comp and actually liked my dancing!
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  9. tanya_the_dancer

    tanya_the_dancer Well-Known Member

    I felt like this was the best dancing I produced since last year's St. Louis Starball. I feel a lot more comfortable with open smooth and standard.
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  10. mindputtee

    mindputtee Well-Known Member

    Doing things wrong will eventually come back to hurt you... literally.
  11. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    Ouch. Hope it's nothing serious.

    As for me, I'm just relearning the lesson I seem to need to relearn after every comp. The combination of extremely long days and adrenaline are exhausting. I need to figure out how much time I'll need to recover from the comp and then add at least one extra full day off.
  12. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    There are some disadvantages that you can't overcome, but you can certainly try!
  13. 5678dance

    5678dance Active Member

    don't ever let your boyfriend fasten your costume for you. inevitably, it will come undone haha!! (it's especially at risk during v waltz)
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  14. LittleLil

    LittleLil New Member

    The best offense is a good defense, aka. floor craft should be practiced everyday by every dancer, because no matter what level you dance you are probably go to crash, especially open quickstep.
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  15. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to DF 5678dance and LittleLil!
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I learned to take the time to appreciate the good and kind people who make an effort to compliment and support me...I learned, once again, that it is always a mistake to stay off site.
  17. twothreefourone

    twothreefourone Active Member

    I learned dancing on the proper competition floor at the Empress Ballroom at the Wintergardens feels pretty darn good. It may just have been an intervarsity competition, but the atmosphere was still incredible. I think uncontrollable chuckles of glee are a new symptom of post competition disorder.
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  18. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Some judging panels seem to have no idea what to do with me. It works out badly for me in terms of placing, but at least the marks are more "confused" than consistently bad. ("Bad" tends to come from female judges, especially those of Eastern European extraction. Good tends to come from male judges, especially American/Commonwealth. I have no idea what this means, but I obsess over trends. Sociology classes were good for SOMETHING.)
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  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    I find most of my judging to make sense and be consistent...for me, ahem, when it isn't, it seems to be more about my pro's relationships, for better and for worse...shrug...since I ave no control over that, I have to focus on improving my dancing for the one's who are evaluating that alone
  20. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    I honestly don't think current pro has political pull one way or another (I know I'm used to getting 'help'; heck, I know I got a carryover assist there in the fall when one judge recognized me from Boston); if anything his ex coaches are pickier about his dancers if they happen to be on the panel. But I know to dread a majority-female panel. Honestly, at this point I'm starting to think it's a good part aesthetics as I know I have better footwork than a lot of people beating me, arm styling is good and on time, hands are better, knees are fine in Rhythm. But shy of throwing up everything I eat, I won't get the Latin-girl look the Russians et al like, so the best I can hope for is avoiding those judges. And age out into Bs (one more year.)

    And avoid that one comp as we don't otherwise run into most of them. Even NP has no idea what more they want, though he said at least they're mixed marks on Rhythm. Results there have just been consistently worse than other events. I'm a little tired of knowing I danced well and not getting anything for it. This is too expensive to do for the warm fuzzies.

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