What I Learned At My Last Comp


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What I learned from Indiana Challenge (or rather from the scoresheets now they're up): one judge (with a recognizable name) apparently liked my rhythm. Swing is not as bad as I thought (we were actually third in that in bronze scholarship.) And staying overnight before/after a comp is generally worth it.
1. Pay more attention to my entries--I tend to just let the studio/pros enter me where they want but I'm quickly realizing that may not be in my best interest
2. I actually like swing after all
3. I need to make sure and warm up--despite how some want to treat them, proficiencies are not "warm up." Even if I have to be pushy, I'm competing and warm up is necessary for me to feel comfortable.
4. Expression, expression, expression!


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I need to not hang with the group in the ballroom in-between my rounds in order to keep my focus. If I have only one or a few heats off of the floor before I go again, I need to be the anti-social one in the corner or hallway doing my own thing.


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I need to keep my energy up all day. I left the ballroom between single dance rounds and multi dance rounds...went back to my room and had a nap and snack...but felt 'rusty' when I returned to the floor. I thought leaving the ballroom for awhile would help, but I'm not sure now. I lose momentum.


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Not getting called back is frustrating but okay if it's what you expecte, but having the organizers mess up and first list you as having made call backs, then 5 minutes before you go on the floor they realize they listed the wrong callbacks and suddenly you didn't make call backs- it's highly disappointing and a much bigger let down. It may also be the only time I've actually sat and brooded during a round, despite knowing we shouldn't have made the callbacks.
Presentation and performance are a lot more important at a comp than I thought. Not that I didn't think it was important, my coaches/teachers have told me how valuable it was but I thought choreography or technical work was slightly more important. Now I think I might value presentation and technical work fairly equal


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I learned that I like doing several entries at one comp rather than doing several comps with few entries.
I also learned that I like being the only student the pro has, although it is a double edged sword- he has time to really hone in on my weaknesses and call me out and be nit-picky, than when he has several other ladies he is dancing with. But he also had time to sit with me and watch others dance and use it as a teaching tool to point out various things to me. I do enjoy the camaraderie of a group, but I also enjoyed my time with just my pro.


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Something else I also learned....I appreciate the judges and all the many people that make a comp happen. The judges stand on their feet and watch what must be endless repetitions of bronze steps, but still nod and smile encouragingly when you are done. Also I had 3 random teachers come up to me and compliment me on my dancing which was very nice and encouraging and I appreciated that so much.
I learned that being 'in practice' in comp mode makes a HUGE difference in how well I'm able to be mentally prepared. Three comps (one tiny, not-official one a week before our last real one) in the space of five weeks made the last comp go REALLY well.

Usually I think too much, try to analyze everything. This time, I also learned that I don't need to consciously know what I learned, but the floor experience is incredibly valuable anyway.


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but , in spite of that, I am a big fan of doing a small comp right before a big one
I have just about decided to go to Yankee Classic at the end of June as a "warmup" for Manhattan Dance Championships in early July. I have managed to convince myself that I needn't freak out over the Yankee Classic because I'm just using it as a warmup AND that I needn't freak out over the Manhattan Dance Championships since I will have recently had the experience at the Yankee Classic. Amazing what one can convince oneself of….

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