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Balancing Fun and Professionalism AT Dance Competitions

At The guiDANCE Experience, we believe in creating a harmonious balance between fun and professionalism in dance competitions. Our approach aims to foster an environment where dancers can enjoy themselves while upholding standards of excellence and sportsmanship. Here are some creative tips for dance parents, studio directors, and teachers to promote a positive and enjoyable competition experience:

  1. Encourage Fun Activities: Organize fun activities for dancers to engage in between performances, such as a dance-off, costume parade for parents, or themed photo scavenger hunt. These activities promote camaraderie and create lasting memories for participants. Plus, other studios could engage for more fun!

  2. Promote Positive Interactions: Encourage dancers to exchange small goody bags or create friendship bracelets to foster connections with fellow competitors. These small gestures of kindness promote sportsmanship and friendship within the dance community.

  3. Limit Audience Distractions: Advise parents and supporters to refrain from over-yelling or excessive cheering during performances. Instead, encourage them to show support through quiet encouragement or applause to create a focused and respectful atmosphere for dancers.

  4. Focus on Personal Growth: Shift the focus from winning to personal growth and improvement. Encourage dancers to set individual goals for each performance and celebrate their progress and achievements, regardless of competition results. Follow through with dancers on the progress and completion of their goals.

  5. Create Rituals of Encouragement: Establish rituals of encouragement, such as a pre-performance pep talk or a group huddle, to boost morale and confidence among dancers. These rituals help create a sense of unity and support within the team. Small moments can make a major impact!

  6. Celebrate Effort and Creativity: Recognize and celebrate the effort and creativity of each dancer, regardless of technical proficiency. Encourage dancers to express themselves authentically and take creative risks in their performances.


By incorporating these tips into the guiDANCE approach to dance experiences, we can create a more supportive and inclusive environment where all dancers can excel while having fun and building meaningful connections with their peers. Together, we can inspire a new generation of dancers who embody the values of professionalism, sportsmanship, and creativity!

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Ember Nevill
Ember Nevill
Apr 10

Love this!

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