Victory Is Yours, Now What?

Your big day has finally arrived. The competition you’ve worked so hard to prepare for is about to begin. You step out and OWN that dance floor! Everything comes together perfectly. You and your dance partner are completely in sync and you’ve never felt more connected to the music. Awards time comes and you’re the winner! You couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.

Then after the costumes have been put away and the makeup has been washed off, you wake up one morning and think, “Now what?” 

It’s not uncommon to feel a dip in your mood after a big event. After the high of performing your passion and coming out victorious, the return to reality feels like a downward slope. We talked before about how to bounce back after a big loss, but strangely enough, sometimes it can be harder to find motivation after a big win!

All of your focus, time and energy went toward this event, so it’s natural to feel a little lost after the event is over. Your point of focus is gone. 

When I write or talk to people about staying motivated to practice, I always emphasize the importance of knowing your big why, as in the overarching reason you dance. For example, I dance because I feel closest to my true self when I’m dancing. It helps me face fears and grow stronger and more confident as a person. I feel happy and accomplished when I dance. My main reasons for dancing do not include “I want to win X title at Y competition.” 

Specific events should be considered milestones on your dance journey, not the final destination. They are smaller goals that help you track your progress. They’re important because they give you something tangible to shoot for. But events like competitions are not the end all, be all.

So after that amazing victory (congratulations by the way!), if you’re feeling a little lost and wondering, “now what?”, reconnect with your why. Remember your victory through that lens. When I think back to the competition where I won my World title, I remember how amazing I felt dancing and how strong and confident I felt. I remember the feeling of walking out on the dance floor in full ownership of who I was. All of that happened before I actually won the award. The title was more like a result of me connecting with my why for dance than a reason itself. 

When you’re clear on why you’re dancing, then you’ll be able to answer the “now what” question more easily because you’ll know what tangible goal will support your why. I dance because I love the way it challenges me mentally, physically and emotionally. So I knew moving up to the Open division after winning the title in Closed Silver would be the perfect next goal to continue challenging myself. Maybe you already have your event schedule lined up for the year. After your last competition, what will the next competition represent? It can’t just be the next one on the calendar. Is it a chance to improve your technique? Or perhaps a challenge to be more expressive? 

When you know why you’re putting in the time, money, energy, blood, sweat and tears, “now what?” will always be an easy question to answer. So let me know! What’s your next move and what will it do for your why? 

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Multiyear Partnership With United Country Western Dance Council

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Bouncing Back After A Big Loss

Let me know if this sounds familiar. You’re a passionate dancer. You work hard in your private lessons and your solo practice. You’ve competed in a few small or local competitions and placed well. Your teacher thinks you’re ready for the big one! You do everything you can to prepare yourself to dominate that dance floor. Then you go and compete, and you lose big time. You may have even danced your best, but the results say the opposite. You return home devastated.

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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.