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Re: Performing
Posted by ladysas
10/15/2012  10:57:00 AM
Hi Just4Fun, Your post is old but I figured I'd comment anyway because it demonstrates a situation I am in currently.
My husband & I have been taking private ballroom dance lessons for 2 1/2 years. We chose this activity to spend more time together for fun, fitness and well-being (stress relief). We also wanted to meet others with similar interests. We made it very clear to the owner and instructor that we were not interested in showcases or competitions. We want to learn and attend regular practice parties & socialize. We don't mind spotlight dances but prefer to be prepared, not put on the spot (which they will do).
Lately they have been pressuring us to participate in the showcases. I attended one and I hated it! My husband didn't mind but I had several issues with it and the instructor didn't find any of them valid.
I believe they are just a money maker for the studio; such a pity for those of us who want to just learn and have fun.
Re: Performing
Posted by ballroomchick
10/18/2012  11:37:00 AM

Not all places charge to hold showcases, but many do. My studio which is an independent instructor studio, charges about $50 and you have the option to buying a video of the event. Not much of a money making venture there AND they provide wine, sodas and finger foods. Maybe it helps cover the light bill/rent for the summer months when dancers go on vacation.

Those who are more advanced dancers request to do spotlight daces at a social dance to work out any last min kinks of a routine they are showcasing. Dinner dance events are thrilled when they can get in a spotlight dance like this. I have never heard of a studio pushing unprepared students into this and I too would object.

Doing a showcase can be a working tool to improve your dancing. Generally your instructor takes your weakest dance to do a showcase around. The idea is solid concentration on this dance to increase speed, improve technique, "fluidness" - or what ever is needed.

It's not easy to get out and perform in front of an audience the first time. However, doing a showcase in-house you are among friends and fellow dancers to give you support. What's the worst that can happen? You trip? - I've done that, count it great by not going down. You get a heel caught in your skirt? - Seen that a few times, teaches one how to be cool under pressure and not lose balance as you extract it. You have a brain fart and forget a section/step of your routine? - I've done that and I've seen that, you just keep going. The audience does not know your routine. You do a lift and as you slide down your partner's front you get a painful wedgie? - Happened to my instructor's wife and they are 5 time rhythm champions - so see, even champions have to deal with problems. When it's over you discover you didn't die. Look, you are among an elite group of folks who have put themselves on the line for others and you have reaped the benefit of improving your dancing, having a good time and entertaining others. You will see that improvement flows into your other dances - AND it's a wonderful confidence builder.
Re: Performing
Posted by rgswoohoo
10/19/2012  11:12:00 AM
I've seen and heard rumour of different studios. I am part of a worlwide franchise and they organize plenty of competitons that compete against others within the franchise. We have three studios in our city (all a part of this franchise). One of those studios is very competion oriented while the owner of my studio is more "have fun dancing" oriented. There is a studio of another franchise around the corner from us and we sometimes pick up some of there students who come to us complaining they are "too competion focused."

But we will have spotlight dances as well. Not to be confused with showcases. We have a regular practice party on weekends and at some point near the middle they will stop and make announcements and sometimes surpriseingly (except in cases of when it is the student's birthday)invite students out do do a "spotlight" dance.
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