There are many good reasons for competing in ballroom dancing. Here are three. Some people do it to push themselves out of their comfort zones. Some do it for sheer enjoyment. Some do it to try to win. Why do I do it? All of the above and more!
In my opinion, competing in ballroom dancing is the best way to put yourself to the test. It’s also a ton of fun. In fact, if I had to sum it up I’d say it’s the best way to spoil yourself! Once the music starts, it’s your move. When the spotlight is on, you quickly realize just how much knowledge your body has taken up by how well you respond. You don’t think. You feel. You emote. You exude. You dance by sensation. When you dance this way, when you dance from your heart, your dancing is sensational. It simply couldn’t be anything else, which, of course, is why you’re so well-dressed for the occasion!
Yes indeed, being under the lights, draped in jewels and leaving everything on the floor is so undeniably invigorating that once you have a taste you’ll only ever crave more. But, I don’t just crave competition; I am a competitor. Not everyone who enjoys competing is a competitor. Competitors don’t just revel in the spotlight, they want it for themselves. They play the game of ranking, and they all want to win. For someone who is a competitor, being in the shadow simply will not do. To want to be anything less than the best is a contradiction in terms. I want to be the best and I want to win. If you’re like me, you want to win too, and there is nothing wrong with that! What’s important is the attitude you take toward those with whom you share the stage!
Should you walk on stage with your head held high? Absolutely! Should you walk on stage looking down your nose at everyone else. Not a chance! In fact, a fourth reason I love competing is that it makes you more cognizant of the difficulty and splendor of the sport. Yes, every competitor wants to own the floor. However, I’ve found the better I get the more appreciative I become of the uniqueness and beauty of each participant whose journey has also led them to take the stage.
-Kacey Warren, Manager and Student at Ballroom & Beyond