The competition season is upon us and it's a perpetual whirlpool of costumes, rehearsals and make-up. Your child finds bobby pins in their hair days later and the eyelash glue is STILL sticky. You spend your entire weekend at a high school or professional auditorium wondering how many sad, depressing, slow "contemporary" songs you have to sit through. Parents wait for their child's turn and proudly whoot and clap to show their never-ending love and support.
The teachers are backstage hoping their dancers can out-dance everyone else. The judges are talking so loudly into the microphones that the dancers can actually hear them as they're performing. And after a crazy weekend of tears, drama, cheers and trophies the tireless armies of dancers and teachers return to their normal routine of classwork and rehearsals with critiques in hand. As a dance teacher and choreographer it is always good to hear an outsider's opinion; "Great dancing." "She is too cute!" "Clean up those lines." "Needs a little more technique." "Great passion and timing." "Awesome choreography!"
What I do not enjoy hearing are comments such as "She needs to wear earrings next time" or "She could use a little more make-up" and "Those girls need more lipstick" ......Really? They're 7!! The judges are sitting less than 10 feet away. Do they really NEED more make-up? Is this a pageant or a dance competition?
Where am I?
There are a few dance competitions who focus on the dancing and not the superficial. I applaud and thank you!! Always remember what it is all about and why you or your child is dancing. It is about entertainment, passion, love and emotion which is exactly what Chandler Dance Center is about.