This year, Platinum celebrates eight years on the dance scene! PNDC started in 2007 with just two cities on the roster; fast-forward to 2015, and there are nearly 30 hosting regional competitions and two national competitions!
With that experience, you could say that we’ve learned a few things about what it takes to create a successful dance competition. And so today, we share our secrets with you! Here are the top four areas we think make or break a competition.
1. Get Organized
If being organized is being in control, then you need to be in control of every aspect of your competition. Questions like, “What forms and deadlines need to be in place for dancers to register? What hotels should dancers stay at? What will competition day schedules look like? What judges need to be where, and when? Where will dancers warm-up?” plus many more all need to be answered and clearly planned out.
By carefully organizing every detail of your competition, things are more likely to run smoothly and everyone is more likely to enjoy the experience.
2. Be Objective
This one should be a no-brainer. By playing favorites, people will eventually catch on and not want to participate in your competitions in the future. A well-respected and well-attended dance competition will fairly judge each and every performance.
After all, part of the reason dancers compete is to learn how to get better for next time! That can’t happen if judges are not giving out objective feedback. If we want to help dancers reach their ultimate potential, we must give honest advice.
3. Actively Communicate
As Platinum has grown, so have our channels of communication. In addition to keeping our website up-to-date, we are also active on social media in order to remain as accessible as possible (come and visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google +)!
Not only do we want it to be easy for our followers to keep up with all of the latest Platinum news, we also encourage feedback! We like to throw our ideas out there and see what our audience thinks – as well as what they would like to see in the future. We work hard to get better with each passing year, and we really believe communication is a crucial aspect of achieving success.
4. Have Fun!
This is probably the most important one! Don’t forget to have FUN. That’s what dance is all about anyway, right? We love having fun at our dance competitions by taking selfies from the stage, encouraging dance battles in between sets, and throwing Frisbees with the crowd, just to name a few.
Because let’s face it, no matter how organized you are, or how objective your judges are, or how well you communicate, things won’t be perfect. They never are. The scores, schedules, and messages will eventually be forgotten. But when your competition is more fun than any of those things, THAT is what will be remembered.
These four ideas are at the heart of every competition we host and we have had great results in making them priorities.