Where to start as a competitive Ballroom dancer?
We as Professionals are lucky to be in the US, so are you as a student. Ballroom dancing is well developed here thanks to many years of continuous work of the National Dance Council of America and other member organizations to promote and grow the competitive dancing on both the Amateur and especially the Pro-am field.
- Find a partner
- If you are new to Ballroom, you might wonder where to start. Finding a Pro should not be a difficult task since most ballroom dance studios are owned/ managed by professional dancers. Just ask Google, and you are off to the races.
- Goal setting
- Once you find the professional part of your couple, you should set your goals. It can be anything from learning to dance Cha- Cha to music with a partner in a social setting to winning the World Championship for Pro-Am Ballroom Dancing. Goals help you commit and stick to the plan when you don't feel like it because dancing is a skill that the body has to acquire through continuous repetition, and sometimes we get tired of Rumba basic, but hey, in the end, it is all worth it.
- Make a plan
- Devise an action plan with your teacher. Having a structured approach to learning new skills in Ballroom dancing, in my experience, is of great help and keeps the students' minds organized in lessons.
If your goal involves competing, together with your partner, you should find the appropriate age category and proficiency level that would most suit you at the moment. For example, if ballroom dancing is still a new concept for you, starting to compete in the Newcomer/ Bronze levels might be your best bet. Your fellow competitors will be of similar skill level, and you will feel that you have a shot at this and room for growth.
The Appeal of Ballroom to different people.
In my mind, it is straightforward why Ballroom Dancing can be appealing to so many people.
First and foremost, dance is a language on its own; it's an expression outlet. The best part- it is universal! Everyone can speak it. Wouldn't you want to be able to communicate with someone without having to learn their native tongue in advance?
One thing makes Ballroom different than other styles of dance. It is a partner dance form, where the proximities of the bodies allow for genuine and uninterrupted communication- the power of body language.
To name just a few of the other special ingredients that make ballroom special:
-glamorous events and costumes
-fun and exciting people to be around
-traveling to places, you never thought you would go
-meeting new fascinating people sharing the same passion as you.
Pro-Am Ballroom Dancing is one of the best things that has happened in our form of dance after the introduction of the structured syllabus. Since then, the art of couple dancing has been made easily accessible to the masses regardless of age or gender. What more beautiful than having a universal language that everyone understands and has access to. Cheers to many more years of making people happy and achieving their goals. 🍾🥂