What's In a Championship Title?

Championship competitions are when dancers have the chance to claim a World or National Championship title. But is it really that big of a deal? These competitions will happen again in 2019 and 2020 and someone else could be awarded the World Champion title. Does that mean the previous winner is dethroned? Or once a champion, always a champion? There is a title for each of the multiple skill and age categories. Is one more of a world champion than another? 

Titles are great for what they are. They boost your ego, earn you some bragging rights, and give you a tangible prize to take home after all of your hard work. All of that is fleeting though. There is only a certain amount of time you can talk about how grateful and happy you are for your championship title before people start thinking, “geez, move on already.” And no judgment here! If I bring home a title from Embassy, heck yeah, I’m going to celebrate, online and offline! Celebration is good. We need to celebrate our wins. 

Let’s be honest though. The trophy will start collecting dust, and people will forget. That’s ok! That championship title will become just one more step on a bigger journey. Or at least that’s how I hope you see it.

If your dance goals are centered around winning a specific title, I have to be honest, you’re really limiting yourself. What happens after you win it? Are you going to stop dancing? What happens if you never win it?

Competitions are great short-term goals. They give you a specific deadline and performance date to work toward and can act as milestone markers to check your progress. But they can’t be the end-all, be-all. There is so much more to learn and accomplish in dance beyond prizes and titles. Those are extra. Great, you won a championship title. How did you feel while you were dancing? Did you feel that click in a section that had always given you trouble? Were you finally able to let go of your worries and inhibitions and just dance? It’s the experience that you’ll carry with you. I received my worst placements to date at Embassy Ball 2017, and yes, it struck a big blow to my ego. But I look back at that competition with fondness because I did some of my best dancing there. I remember how good I felt on the floor, and I can’t wait to go back and experience that feeling again. With or without the title.  

Am I alone in this stance?  What do you think?

Edgars Linis & Eliza Ancane Of Latvia Win World Open Gold

Hasta la vista, Spain! Iberica DanceSport has officially come to a close here in Cambrils, and it was quite the weekend, indeed. The Standard World Open concluded just yesterday and the results are in.

2019 WDSF World Open Latin Competition Packed With Excitement

The highly anticipated Latin WDSF World Open has just concluded here in Cambrils, Spain, and all we can say is that is was HOT! 

American Duo Highlights Standard World Open in Cambrils

This Sunday, April 21, 2019, Iberica DanceSport will host the WDSF Standard World Open in Cambrils, Spain. 

Off To Spain We Go For The WDSF World Open Latin & Standard

We find ourselves in Cambrils, Spain, awaiting the upcoming WDSF World Open Latin and Standard events here at Iberica DanceSport. The beautiful world of dance has competitors traveling to all ends of the earth to experience a thrill like no other: the adrenaline that kicks in from the rush of true DanceSport competition.

Boots and Bling: Recap of the 2019 Calgary Dance Stampede

Howdy y'all! It’s amazing how much dancing you can fit into one weekend. Along with three days of competition, Calgary Dance Stampede filled five different rooms with ongoing workshops. Day or night, there was dancing to be had.

Get Ready For the 2019 Calgary Dance Stampede

Dust off your boots, ladies and gentlemen, because Canada’s largest and longest running country, West Coast swing, and line dance event is almost here!

What To Do When You Look Different On The Dance Floor

Imagine two women are dancing in the same heat at a dancesport competition. Both demonstrate equal knowledge of their steps, timing, technique, etc. Both are wearing sparkly dresses and beautiful makeup. One of them happens to weigh 80 pounds more than the other. Who do you think will place first?

How To React To Disappointing Competition Results

“You should have placed higher.” 

Bjorn Bitsch & Ashli Williamson Win Gold At Pieve di Cento Super Grand Prix

And it’s a wrap! The Star Championships of Pieve di Cento have come to an end. It was a weekend packed full of emotions and a competitive atmosphere like no other, many referring to it as one of the competitions they look forward to each year.

Recap | Pieve di Cento - PD Latin

Drum roll, please… Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus of Moldova claimed their fourth Super Grand Prix win of their careers at the WDSF Super Grand Prix in Pieve di Cento!