For the past few blogs, Fred has been hogging all the screen time, so now it’s Ginger’s turn! For those of you who haven’t met me yet, I can often be found at competitions in a rather fetching blue dress. I enjoy my photo opportunities, so come and grab a selfie when you get a chance!
With the Southampton Friendly coming up, I figured I’d take this opportunity to pass on some words of wisdom. Having reached a ripe old age, I’ve picked up a thing or two in my time with the SUBLDS massive #represent
So here are my top 10 tips for your first competition!
- It’s a VERY long day, so bring plenty to eat and drink. If all goes well, you may be dancing a lot and you need to keep your energy up. Keep that in mind when you’re planning your lunch/snacks for the day. But leave room for pizza of course!
- Make sure you’re listening when numbers are being recalled to the floor in your heats. If you miss your number, you won’t get back on the floor. And whilst it’s nice to cheer on your friends, lots of noise means its hard to hear the numbers. Where possible, reserve going wild until all couples are on the floor.
- HOWEVER! If you lose your partner and hear your number called, go onto the floor and raise your hand. The judges will either wait for your partner to arrive, or slot you into another heat in that round.
- Whilst it’s important to hear numbers, its also VERY important to show lots of support for other dancers. Clap and cheer them on. Don’t forget it’s likely to be the first competition for lots of people, so let them feel the love. But of course, cheer loudest for team Southampton!
- Be confident! Judges have minimal time to spend watching individual couples. A big smile and standing tall noticed at the right moment can often be enough to get you through to the next round. So that means chins up, eyes up, and smiles on!
- Whist I know Bart and Emma have already told all you beginners what you can and can’t wear, outfits don’t need to be dull. Play with patterns and colours that can stand out. Ladies, go to town on sparkly jewellery and hair pieces. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
- Simple is always better. When planning your routines, use the moves you’re most comfortable with. Better to perform a simple move well than a flashy move poorly.
- And if you do mess up? If you stumble, lose time, or crash into another couple? Simply stop, take up a beautiful hold, and start again. Save yourself and your partner the headache of trying to fudge your way back on track.
- If at any time you have a question, or there’s something you don’t understand, ASK. The committee will be there all day, there will always be someone to help. It’s what they’re there for, so give them some job fufillment!
- And lastly, remember that nerves are completely natural. The most important thing is to have fun. And if you come away with a shiny or two, all the better. No matter what happens, stay positive and enjoy the day!
I hope I’ve not rehashed too much old ground and that you’ve found some of this useful! Both Fred and I are super excited to see the routines you’ve got lined up. The Southampton Friendly is one of the best days of the dance year, so keep practising those moves and I’ll see you on the 7th!
All my dolphin love,
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