Heh. That's on par with my partner and I attending practice rounds, and chatting with another couple during a break. We encouraged them to enter a local amateur comp, and one of them said "I can't - I'm a professional." Oops... Apparently it was a Pro practicing with a student (which goes to show, "Pro" is sometimes just a title and not an indicator of abilities)
I learned at my last comp how to effectively prepare for a competition, I wasnt nervous as much because I warmed up properly, and actually kept myself cool before walking out on the floor.. last time I let my nerves get the best of me.
I also learned that I need to learn how to breathe more while dancing. I also need to keep working on such things like posture, my head and hips seemed to be in the wrong place the entire time.
Most importantly right now in my dancing I know I need more hands on training, more classes, more privates, and am ready for much more technique. Ive reached a nice plateau, but just got over it and am ready for way more.
It's all...relative! You may feel like your frame is falling apart in the last part of the last quickstep... especially after three rounds... but everyone else out there is in the same boat, in that they had to dance the same number of rounds, so they are probably getting tired too!
I learned that we're getting better, slowly. We had a couple of placings this time
Also learned that my partner and I have a great partnership...our body types look good together, we've worked out our height difference, and we dance well. However, I need to ditch my syllabus latin dress...it's not flattering.
I learned I am much happier at a comp when I take the time a few weeks prior to mentally prepare.
That and at a most recent comp I have realized I/we are not improving and need to take some action to fix that. Yet even if I don't score as well as I would like I can still and do enjoy the experience.
Totally understand. I just came across your post in another thread about competing and realized that this sounds a bit deeper than the usual light-heartedness most of us go on about here on the threads.
I participated in a local event last weekend (I paid for it before the furlough started). What I learned:
- I enjoyed competing
- I thought I belonged on the floor; event was a confidence booster
- It seemed like pro and I danced bigger most of the other pro/am couples
- I felt pretty in a ballroom costume, which is a first
- My v waltz needs work
- Foxtrot might be my best dance