With competition season upon us this is a great time to stop and take inventory of how far you have come this year. As dancers we so often get caught up in the day to day work we put in during class time that we forget to pause and pat ourselves on the back for the most important part of comp season, the work and progress we have made in the past months.
Now is the time to remember why you started dancing in the first place. While it is important to work on your choreography and technique, it is also important to remember that ours is an art form that is meant to invoke feeling in others as well as ourselves. Remember this while you are on stage, remember that it is not about the trophy or awards but instead about your journey to that point. Remember that dance is not about how many turns you can do or how high your leap may be. It is about your expression and ability to tell a story from the universal language of our souls.
Make sure that when you get up on that stage you have something to say, make sure you have considered how you want to say it and leave it all on the floor.
From a judges perspective, they want to be entertained, they want you to make them feel something they did not feel before you, in all your uniqueness, stepped onto that stage to tell your story like only you can. Stay focused, work hard, and most of all have fun, that’s why you started this journey.