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Report from Nationals 2010

April 13, 2010

This weekend marked the amateur ballroom national championships.  It was a weekend filled with amazing dancing, colorful costumes and fake tan abound.  Besides the opportunity to get out on the floor myself, my favorite part is the infectious enthusiasm.  Perhaps because of the importance of this competition, the energy level runs higher both on the floor and from the audience.  It feels almost palpable as you walk through the halls and near the competition floor itself.

Results can be found online at: http://www.o2cm.com/.  Go to Results on the left hand menu and then look for nationals.

A few observations and learnings from my experience this year:

  • Events ran early for the most part, so being ready in advance is key.  Really make sure you are mentally and physically prepared well before you are expected to be on the floor.
  • Have the complete look on the floor.  You could tell when the top level dancers arrived, because they were completely polished.  Costumes were obviously more expensive, every detail was exactly in place and partners matched each others’ look.  The more that can be replicated at lower levels, the more the judges will see you as a higher level dancer.
  • Don’t dwell on the previous dance.  Stay in the moment and focused on the dance at hand.  No matter how well or poor the previous dance  or round went, move on and keep your mind on what you need to do next.
  • Be mindful of how you feel and how your partner is feeling, as you both have to be equally ready when you walk out.
  • Recap after the competition.  When all is said and done, review with your partner areas to improve and the direction to take next.  Learn from your experience on the floor and focus on what went well.

Overall, it was a great experience and competition.  Whether you are going to spectate or compete, this is always an amazing event to be at.

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