Competing in West Coast Swing

21. April 2011

Teaching WCS, Dancing socially WCS and competing in WCS are different things. That's if you ask me.

Can you do just one? Probably you can, but there's a slight chance that you'll get a better picture of WCS scene if you do all three of them.

Now back to competing - without trying to even scratch the surface of this complex topic, I will share with you a few of my questions that bothered me on this topic as well as the answers I got from more experienced dancers. My bias is more toward the Jack and Jill competitions.

  • Q: Why should I compete?
  • A: (from Skippy Blair) The real benefit of participating in competition is having a deadline to improve your craft.
  • Q: How can I get better in competitions?
  • A: (from Skippy Blair) Mileage.
  • Q: How long should I stay in one division (as in Newcomer, Novice etc.)?
  • A: (from Mary Ann Nuñez) At least until you get 1st place twice and that is to prove that placing first wasn’t by accident.
  • Q: What are the 3 Ts?
  • A: (from Jordan Frisbee) Timing, technique and teamwork in this order, and are judging criteria.
  • Q: Do you have any advice for me related to competing?
  • A: (from Sarah Grusmark) enjoy each moment - regardless of the outcome ... this mantra works for more than just competing!

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