Hi all! I have been creeping around here for a while, but recently decided to ask some burning questions Everyone always has such good and insightful things to say!! I have done two comps so far, one franchised, one NDCA. Here are some things I have learned: 1) Competitions are the extremely motivating for me 2) I need at least 10 mins of dancing in my shoes before I feel comfortable and grounded in them (and not just using my toes) 3) Both my pro and I can dance well with the flu 4) 4 days without dancing before a comp is never a good idea 5) I prefer NDCA comps to franchised comps, and the level of competitors is much more challenging 6) I improved a lot between my two comps And I want to keep improving and dancing higher 7) Videos are great tools for evaluation--especially reviewing them with my pro! 8) Half-knowing the routine my pro wants to do for each dance is a good balance between pure lead/follow and fully choreographed routines. It gives me a general idea of what to expect, but also leaves me able to adjust on the fly if need be (like for traffic issues) 9) I can fall during a solo and still get right back up and keep going 10) I prefer doing smooth to rhythm although I love both 11) I really like multi-dance comps 12) I can't wait to compete again!! 13) There is so much to do and learn!!