As of this coming Saturday, our dance season will officially come to a close. [Sigh.] While it is sad that we’ll have to wait another six months before we see you on stage again, we are glad to have a few months to review, recuperate, and re-energize before conventions this fall.
The truth is, as much as we love dance competition season, we believe that it is really important and healthy to savor the off-season. It’s a really great time to take a breather from all of the hard work you’ve been doing and have a moment to re-group in preparation for next year’s competition season. Can you imagine if dance competition season were year ’round?! I don’t think any of us would survive!
So, now that you aren’t booked for a competition every weekend ’til kingdom come, what are you going to do? If you aren’t sure just yet, we’ve come up with a few ideas for you….
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Whether it be a routine you’ve always wanted to do, or even a whole new genre, we say, “Dive in!” Since you’re not stressing over competition, it should be easy to let yourself enjoy some variety. And who knows, you might just find something you love!
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else; I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov
Did you do as well in competition as you wanted to? Did the judges give you something specific to work on? Is there anything you’d like to do differently next time? If your routines were caught on camera, take some time to review them and you’ll surely find answers to these questions and more. Use them as a guide for things to work on the next go around!
“We all need someone who inspires us to do better than we know how.” – Anonymous
Is there another student that you admire? What about a teacher you’d like to learn from? Even better, is there a past judge you would love to work with? Chances are they’ll be flattered that you are inspired by their work and they just might be willing to mentor you. How great would that be?!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
We know that even though competition season is over, you’ll still have class and practice. And you should! It’s the only way to maintain your skill. However, in competition off-season, it’s best if your practice schedule can loosen up a bit. By trading the daily practice sessions for weekly or twice-weekly classes, you’ll save yourself from early burnout in your dance career.
Which is why you should…
“Just have fun. Smile. And keep putting on lipstick.” – Anonymous
As a dancer, you are very disciplined and loyal to your practice. If you weren’t, you wouldn’t be competing! It is for that reason that we encourage you to relax a little. Give yourself a break. Reward yourself for all of the hard work you just put in. You deserve it!
So there you have it: The Dancer’s Guide for the Off-Season. Hope you found some inspiration here! We wish you a great summer and hope to see you at conventions this fall!