How to Prepare for a Dance Competition

Andie Rowe
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What should I bring to a dance competition?

If you are going to participate in a dance competition, you may need a few things you don’t use on a daily basis.

Here’s a list of the essentials that I would recommend.

Most of the listed items will help you feel more confident. A lot of people feel insecure about the way they look, and these supplies can make you feel more attractive before a competition.

In addition, don’t forget the items you need to help you perform better.

There is nothing more annoying than having a competition coming up and having a dance floor with slippery shoes or something that makes it uncomfortable to dance. You may want to bring a small bottle of baby powder with you as many types of dance shoes become slippery after a few hours of dancing and you will want to baby your feet.

If you are in a classical category, then you may need to bring your own barre, as some dance floors do not have them.

In conclusion, remember, always bring a positive attitude. Even if you are nervous, be positive. dancing is an art, and you are preparing for a competition because you are passionate about dance, not because you are expecting to win it.

How to Prepare for Your First Dance Competition?

If you are very serious about your dance, you may decide to compete. For example, if you are a member of a competitive dance team, you have regularly competed in competitions with your team. This may be so, or you may have never competed before and are looking at your first big competition as a test to see where you stand against other dancers.

Getting ready for a competition can be tough. There are many aspects to consider before you can get started, and the first couple weeks can be some of the most challenging. Not only do you need to dance, but you also need to get accustomed to being on the floor with other, more experienced dancers.

If you are looking forward to taking part in your first dance competition, you will want to spend some time researching in advance. Some competitions come with a lot of guidelines that you should be familiar with to ensure the proper rules are followed.

5 Useful Tips to Help You Survive a Dance Competition

Your dance coach and teammates will be invaluable in helping you prepare for a competition. However if you want to get ahead of the game, here are some tips that will help you be as successful as possible.

Dance Long Hours Every Day

No matter how good you think you are, watching videos of yourself will reveal a lot of areas where you can improve. As you get closer to the competition, you should be doing four to five hours of dancing every day. This includes:

Classes to maintain your technique, strength, and stamina.

Extra practices to work on routine and timing.

Open practices with friends.

Watching videos yourself and with your teammates to identify mistakes.

Tip: If you have a video camera, then you can record yourself practicing the routine. Make sure that you know the routine inside and out before you do this. Once you know the routine, you can watch your mistakes in slow motion.

Practice Your New Skills

If your routine has you doing some new skills, then practice these skills often. A great way to do this is to take private lessons on your new skills.

Tip: Record yourself doing the move and then watch the tape again to look for mistakes.


It is recommended that you stretch at least 3 times a day. Each time should last no less than 15 minutes, and be interrupted by short breaks so that you keep your core body temperature under control. While holding each pose, try to maintain a concentrated state of mind.

Unless you are executing the movements to music, you should try and maintain a focused, balanced energy throughout each pose. Perform the poses smoothly, and try and become aware of your body being positioned gracefully. This can be an effective distraction from the physical pain that comes from holding the pose.

Remember to breathe! You can even coordinate your breathing with the movement of your body, and you may find that your pain eases if you are very focused. You should carry out every exercise as if you were preparing to dance each and every day for the rest of your life.

{1}. Stand up straight, and breathe in and out for 2 minutes without dropping your shoulders. Your trunk should make each and every turn.
{2}. Fold your upper body forward while bending both your arms and breathing strongly for no less than 2 minutes.
{3}. Turn to the right, and then to the left. Take care to make your joints flexible as you turn.
{4}. Turn your upper body from left to right while breathing as deeply as you can, and then try holding each pose for 10 seconds.

Stay Warmed up in Between Numbers

Stay warmed up during the dance competition by staying in your dance pose between numbers. Do not discuss what you’re doing, or you’ll get warm very fast. If you need to talk, use a low voice so you stay warmed up.

Watch your posture. Your chest should always push out, your shoulders should be relaxed. You don’t want to slouch. Your right arm should always be free to do whatever you want it to do in the air, but it should always have a clear path of movement.

Before the song starts, put Energy Cakes in your shoes. They are the little things that you squeeze and put in your shoes before you dance. They keep your feet from slipping around and keep your knees and hips warmed up.

During the song, avoid talking for a while. Maybe just before the break or right before the song’s over.

Stay long and lean. Hold your arms right above your head and lift yourself so you’re as tall as possible. As you dance, keep your head straight, arms back and chest forward.

Stick your butt out and keep it out as long as you can. Turn your thighs out and let your knees bend out.


Welcome to dance competition season! Preparations are well underway. You may have spent your entire summer practicing and now it’s time to show the judges what you’ve got! There’s just a few more things to do to get ready before your big day. Before you take the stage, make sure that you’ve taken care of your diet and hydration.

Diet and Nutrition

You’ve probably heard of all of those dancers (and celebrities too) who craves chocolate to refuel after a hard day of practice. If you’re a competitive dancer, then you know that this craving will go away if you fuel yourself with what your body needs.

To prevent feeling light-headed and dizzy before you dance, you should have eaten a meal that is packed with carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This will give you sustained energy and a mood boost. The dance floor can be an unforgiving place and getting there tired and hungry can put you on the edge of a spaz fit.

Eat Healthy

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already received your costume, and you are well into your diet and exercise preparations. It’s important that you’re eating healthy throughout this period. Your teachers will be passing out healthy snacks for you to consume in class, but it’s essential that you continue to eat healthy at school, at home, and away from home. This means having a snack with you at all times. Your stomach will also be sensitive due to the fact that you’re constantly dancing, so avoid eating fatty foods.

Drink Water

To maintain proper hydration, you should keep a water bottle with you at all times. If you’re participating in a competitive team, you should work with your teacher and team mates to determine the best ways to maintain proper hydration. Sport drinks can be good, but they definitely have a place. It’s also a good idea to stay away from caffeinated drinks, as they are notorious for their diuretic effects.

Bring Headphones

The biggest piece of advice for preparing for a competition is to just try different things. Keep in mind that not every competition will have the same judges or even judges at all.

This means that the scoring may be different for each competition. I’ve seen competitions where the judges used a 50/50 system or a 100/100 system, and that’s just not possible if everyone is listening to the music they brought.

Although the music you bring may not be entirely different, it’s probably best to just have a variety of different songs that span several genres and play them on shuffle.

This also opens the floor to other opportunities. For instance, if at the last competition, you scored the lowest quality of mark for your choreography performance, then use that song for technical testing. You’re giving the judges a second chance and also a chance to see how well you’ve improved!

Learn from Preparation

Preparing ahead of time is also a great way to know what exactly you’re working with. This is basically what you’re supposed to do every time in a practice. You want to work through a movement and THEN fix the elements that you’re not okay with.