Planning to attend a Ballroom Dance Competition, whether to compete or be a spectator? Here are 11 MUST READ Tips:
1. GET YOUR TAN ON
A well executed tan is just one way to get the look you need to stand out on the dance floor. Please remember that all adult male dancers, who are dancing in the category of Silver and higher, must have tanned face, neck and chest (if your shirt is open). And remember what your Mom, who always used to know best, used to say: “don’t forget the neck area and behind the ears. The body powder recommended by top professional competitor and owner of Dance With Us Ottawa Dance Studio, Oksana Ivanova-Shelkovyy, is Smash Box (the medium dark color). This can be purchased in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. Priced at about $70,it is a great investment as it should last for a few of years. Great for ladies too!
2. YOU NEED TO SHINE ON THE DANCE FLOOR~ AND SO DOES YOUR HAIR!
Ladies~ do we even have to tell you? Ladies usually don’t need to be reminded of the importance of a flawless look! However, for the men in our audience a reminder that all young and adult male dancers need to have a fresh hair cut and have their hair done properly. The hair should be kept in place after applying your gel or hair spray by using a fan to dry your hair(this is something to keep in mind for girls too). Oksana also has found that the best hair product for competitors is either Schwarzkopf Got 2b Glued Blast Freeze Hair Spray (yellow bottle) or Schwarzkopf Got 2b Gel (black color).
It might seem to you to be a given that if you are competing you need to remember to pack your costumes, but….apparently either the costumes themselves or the accompanying accessories are some of the top items competitors forget to pack! Dancing in your underwear might work for Tom Cruise, but expect to get a severe point reduction if you try it. Also, bring water and warm clothes. Usually the location will be chosen because of it’s spaciousness and ventilation. It will be fully air conditioned in the warmer months and in the winter the heat will be reduced. It is therefore important to come prepared. And as an added reminder, always warm up before dancing.
4. ARRIVE EARLY ~ GIVE YOURSELF SOME WIGGLE ROOM
Please make sure to arrive in advance to have enough time to warm up, do the hair and make up or refresh the tan. You can then order your photos and videos, do dance warm ups and get the “lay of the land”. You will be relaxed and this will be reflected in your performance overall.
5.PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES
Don’t leave valuable items in the changing rooms. It is just common sense.
6. PLACE YOUR PHOTO & VIDEO ORDERS WELL IN ADVANCE
7. BE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS IN THE RIGHT CHEERING SECTION
8. FOLLOW EVENT ORGANIZER RULES
Every Event has rules in place that will be strictly enforced. It is imperative to know those rules and be prepared to follow them to the letter to avoid serious repercussions. Typical rules would be: no photo or video taking at the event, and no food inside the Ballroom Event. Although no one is going to stop you from enjoying a power bar or chocolate bar, no real food will be permitted!
9. STAY UNTIL THE CLOSE~YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID
Don’t leave right away. Stay and watch the competition until the end. Some competitions offer tickets which are good for the entire event and other tickets which cover specific categories. Whatever kind of ticket you may have, you will not be obligated to stay stuck inside the entire time. You can leave for lunch or supper and come back again. Because of this, there is no reason why you should not stay until your ticket expires.There is no better way to gain ballroom dance insight than by viewing competitors performing in higher categories. Students who have little competition experience will find this advice especially helpful.
A Ballroom Dance Competition can been a daunting affair. If you need to contact a fellow attendee, your instructor or the organizer, you may be out of luck if you have not pre-arranged a contact protocol . Typically your organizers will have a contact number available to reach them at and will also have the numbers of others in your group. Because the event will be noisy and hectic, texting is the recommended way to communicate. Be sure to have your organizers contact number readily available should you need to reach them at the last minute.
11. HAVE FUN !!!
If you are competing it is not uncommon to be so focused on the events you are competing in that you are unable to relax and enjoy yourself. Remember why you got into Ballroom Dancing in the first place~to have a fun activity that you can enjoy with like minded friends while pushing yourself to the limits of your abilities.