On this page: 1) Dancesport 2) Teams and Showcase information (scroll down)
What is DanceSport?
A Ballroom Dance “DanceSport” Competition is an organized dance event that invites people of all ages and levels to participate in the sport and hobby of Ballroom Dancing. It is usually held at a hotel so that dancers from all over the country can participate. Competition, shows and general dancing from morning till midnight for two days! Spectators can see dancing at all levels, from beginners through professional, and witness, live, some of the finest Ballroom Dancing in the world today.
Why dance in a competition?
Besides fun, excitement, challenge and accelerated learning, what more? Dancesport competitions create a clear goal for you and your dancing. By having a “date” to shoot for, you will find that you get more $$ value out of your lessons and classes because of your new focus. Hobbyist students who compete tend to learn faster and dance with more technique and style than those who take lessons for social dancing only. Camaraderie among competitors, receiving and giving encouragement, measuring improvement in skills from event to event, all causes most of us to feel a sense of accomplishment, and we are inspired to learn more and more.
What if I’m just a beginner?
The competitions are set up to include dancers at all levels. The “newcomer” division is designed for students who have been dancing just a few months.
Who do I dance with and what is the format?
If you have a partner, you may dance together. Most people however, do not have partners in the early stages of learning so they dance with their teachers. This is called Pro-Am or Student-Teacher.
What is the cost?
The entry fees vary somewhat with each competition, but generally it costs between $45 - $65 to dance in a group event with several couples on the floor, and $60 - $110 to dance a solo routine. In addition, an event ticket usually costs about $14 per day, more if you attend the evening dinner/show/dance.
I’d like to try that. Now what?
Great! We are excited and so pleased to have you participate! Now we’ll make a plan of action! Which dance steps to use, how to create and keep a beautiful dance frame, how to navigate a large floor, what are the expectations of the judges - in short, preparation, preparation, preparation! Your teacher will tell you all the details of the particular competition coming up such as dates, what you will dance, what you will wear, when to show up, etc. We know you will have a great time and will learn a lot!
What if I don’t like competitions?
Most people who participate in Ballroom Dance Competitions are not in it for “winning”. The way we approach it is more like you are competing with yourself. It’s an opportunity to set a goal, work hard, then go out and do it. But if you would rather not dance in competitions, you may enjoy dancing in our showcases and performance teams.
SHOWCASES AND PERFORMANCE TEAMS
Have you seen dancing recitals for your friends or children?
Here at DanceWell we’re ready to turn you into a Star for your friends and family too!
Each year we have showcase events or “Recitals” provide definite goals for our students to continue working on the form and technique of their dancing. And to shine for their friends and family! All information applies as in the DanceSport section, except you will dance and/or demo at our dance parties and recitals rather than be judged at competitive events.
We also have a Performance Team which dances not only for our studio parties and events, but also at other venues around town. These Team Dances are danced in a group situation several times each year, and partners rotate in a formation type patterns. In the year 2011-2012 we performed different routines of Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot and Rumba, as well as Beginner Routines of East Coast Swing and Line Dancing. Much of each performance is socially-danceable patterns with additional style and flair added for performance appeal. Either personal “solo” routines with a partner or your instructor, or team performances with other couples, both are great times and lots of fun!
There are requirements for joining the dance teams, most importantly that you are comfortable with the dance being performed. Best to speak with an instructor for information and ways to prepare for team performances.
Ladies of the Dark Waltz