What I Learned At My Last Comp

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

  1. jiwinco

    jiwinco Active Member

    Learned that I have the stamina to dance over 120 heats... :dancingbanana: (Even with a chest cold) Per both my pros my energy was good through the last dance. (Looks like being in dance shape is not a problem)

    But for a variety of reasons, I learned some things that I don't want to share, but are very disappointing.. now I have to figure out my next plan :oops:
  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    yep...feels great to know that you can dance as long as you need to...as for the other stuff; I am on a break from comps for what will probably end up being @ 2 years when it is all said and done (it has been nearly a year already)...but, when I was actively and heavily competing over the past 9 years, there was almost always some deep and ego challenging lesson that I had to learn about myself...and things that I came to learn about whomever I danced with...and learning how to navigate all of that with grace was a major goal...it is a wonderful journey
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  3. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Had that experience recently too. Back in my garage-band days, we had a saying, "Playback's a bitch"... this especially applied to those practice days when we'd get all wasted and then jam, and it felt like we were the second coming of Led Zeppelin, and then the next day we listened to the tape... oy. :rolleyes:
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  4. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Active Member

    There's hope for me yet!! I've written in other threads about my decision to do a couple of higher-profile tougher competitions this summer for the experience--particularly getting to watch the higher level dancers. I've also written about my wide-ranging wild insecurities and the variety of techniques that I use to cope with/overcome them. I am definitely on my own time table and have my own goals, but I am very pleased with how it all went. My pro (somehow) manages to keep a sense of humor about some of my oddities--which ARE getting better, but still.

    With the second comp, I didn't dance particularly well in the single dance heats early in the day. Rather than letting that throw me, I pulled myself together and danced much better in the afternoon championship. Next goal will be to dance closer to real ability for the entire day, but I surprised myself that it wasn't "game over" after the morning. It's also a real achievement for me that I've decided to go with "pleased that I did better in the afternoon" rather than the very tempting berating myself for being so inconsistent. The consistency will come.
  5. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Congrats! IMHO, learning to pull yourself together after a rough start is much more challenging than simply riding a day when you happen to be "on"... so seriously, great job. To learn even more from that, I recommend thinking about (and writing down) what you did to turn things around, and apply that to part of your prep process for single dances next time.
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  6. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Beautiful attitude. A lot of us have something to learn from you.
  7. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Active Member

    Thank you, that is very kind. It is an attitude that is reflected by many of the posters and posts on the forum, though perhaps not so explicitly. I have gotten a lot from the "why do you dance/compete" types of threads, some of them fairly old. As a group, you guys have made some very wise observations over the years (intermingled with some non-ending disputes, of course ;)).
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  8. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    That ... that ... I'm a legit pro-am silver smoothie. The fields at Vol State weren't huge, but I won my championship and not only finished second in my scholarship, but won the waltz in that event. My stretch goal for the comp was to take two individual marks off of the guy who won that scholarship. I'm kind of floored.
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

  10. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    Oh, and not that it was a surprise, but I learned that Tibor's a pretty nice guy. I also did a round of am-am with my new partner. We were on the floor with one of the other championships. While our event was unsurprisingly uncontested, their's was a fairly full finals. And, well, I feel like I lived up to the stereotype of the slightly dangerous am lead. He was very understanding though. :-D

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