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The Psychology of Competitive Dance


To dance is a wonderful social activity, no matter what type of dance it is.  In couple dancing such as ballroom, Latin American, Salsa, Ceroc and Rock N Roll for example, there is nothing nicer to be able to dance with your partner, to enjoy the music and to dance at social gatherings.  There is also the fitness aspect too, you are enjoying something that also keeps you fit and active and this can continue for years.

Competitive activities such as dance needs a different approach.  Along with all the above, you need to train to compete, not only changing your routines to be able to compete and not just attending your weekly dance classes.  Your teacher needs to shape you and your dancing into something that your peers see as being better than the others and this can be very difficult for the untrained dance tutor.  This is a skill that requires additional knowledgel and the ability to enourage and nurture the students to become confident, to become a competitor.  The teacher needs to change the dancer into a competitor, full of self confidence, not only in themselves but in their abilitiy to win.

Competition dance can become a very expensive hobby - it just depends on how far you want to go!  If you begin competition dancing, it wont be long before you are hooked.  This applies to both children and adults; the competition bug bites you every time.  You want to impove, you want to beat the one who beat you before, you want to become that championship dancer that you have just seen perform (championship dancers do not dance, they perform for you).

Dancing and performing are two differnet areas of dance.  Dancing and teaching are also two very different things.  A great dancer does not always become a great competitor just as a great dancer can automatically become a dance teacher.

We at Northern Soul Dance are experts in competitive dance. We can help you right from the moment you are preparing to attend the compeition, your dancing, your outfits, your shoes, your stance, your approach to the dance floor, your performance and your personality.  If you compete on an individual basis or a couple and want to improve your performance, or become a successful competitor, just give us a call or an email.