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?

New Level, New Devil: Unexpected Challenges We Face As We Advance

After winning a World title at the Closed Silver level in American Smooth last year, my teacher and I decided to skip Gold and move straight up to the Open division. A whole new world of possibilities opened up as the syllabus became just a starting point for our dancing, instead of the structure that our dancing had to fit into. Open presented the opportunity to be more creative and build routines that were more uniquely me.

New Year, Another Chance

The New Year has rolled in, bringing with it not only new dreams, goals, and expectations, but also a breath of fresh air for all those who aim to take great strides in the coming months, particularly the athletes of the DanceSport industry. Let’s take a closer look at what the New Year has in store for the dancers, audience members, and World DanceSport Federation as a whole.

Finding Love on the Dance Floor

Happy Candy Hearts and Chocolate Month! Just in time for us to waver on our New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, right? 

On A Break from Dance Competitions? How To Stay Motivated

Goals are essential for any journey. They keep you motivated and accountable at the same time. Dancesport is no different, and competitions are great goals to work toward.  

Recap | UCWDC World Championships

What a week! The UCWDC World Championships wrapped up about half past midnight local time on Saturday night (or Sunday morning, technically). In addition to crowning a new Classic Masters World Champion, Saturday night brought repeat performances by many of the new World Champions from the entire week, a showdance by Marc Davidson and Sylvie Raymond (winners of five consecutive UCWDC Showcase Masters World Championships and two consecutive UCWDC Classic Masters World Championships) and a live performance by country music artist, Eric Heatherly.

Midway Updates of the UCWDC World Champs

Let’s dance, y’all! The 2019 Country Dance World Championships are well underway at the Grand Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. Don’t forget, if you’re not able to be there physically, you can be a virtual spectator via live stream on FloDance.

What to Expect at the 27th Annual Country Dance World Championships

What better way to ring in the New Year than with dancing? If it’s country dancing that makes your heart sing and your feet move, then the Country Dance World Championships is the New Year’s party for you! 

Recap | 2018 WDSF World Open Standard Riga

Last but not least, we conclude the final WDSF World Open of the year. This weekend was full of excitement not only due to the Youth Latin World Championship but also with the inclusion of the Standard World Open and the World Championship of the Professional Standard Show Dance division. 

Recap | 2018 World Championship Youth Latin Riga

It has truly been a stellar year for the Russian Federation as athletes of various divisions took numerous WDSF World Titles. Here is a quick overview of a few of the Champion couples of 2018: