Give or take.
I see a lot of advice thrown around on the internet and in classes about the art of competing. A lot of it is the same few concepts repackaged and retold, which is fine with me since I agree with most of it. I’ve even given it to my students when asked. Work on your basics, invite the audience into your dance, dance with your partner like they’re a unique snowflake (which they are), swing out more than once a song. All solid advice. Even stuff like “wear clothes that flatter you” and “choose colors that pop” and “dance where the judges can see you” and “wink at the judges at the beginning of every phrase” are great pieces of advice for getting noticed—although that last one may get you a restraining order rather than a place in the finals. The great thing about most of this advice is that it’s applicable no matter what type of competition it is; it’s great for J&Js, strictly comps, and level auditions. No matter what situation encourages a student to ask for help with competitions, the advice is pretty much the same. Continue reading