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? 

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Win European Championship

The emotions that overwhelm a long-awaited victory flood in like a hurricane, taking over all sense in a single instant. This was clear once the last score for Evaldas Sodeika and Ieva Zukauskaite was projected onto the screen. The couple just stood there, hugging one another for quite some time. A moment such as this touches the hearts of all spectators, no matter whether they experience such an instance live or through the screen.

Favorites Win Latin European Cup & A Battle For Second Place

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Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Go For Gold At WDSF European Champs

We are awaiting a fantastic weekend here in Latvia as FloDance gets ready to stream the 9th Annual Salaspils Open International DanceSport Competition. This Saturday, May 11, FloDance will be there highlighting two major annual events of the World DanceSport Federation! 

2019 WDSF European Cup To Crown New Latin Champions

We told you that there was more in store! This Saturday, May 11, 2019, will not only be the date of the WDSF Standard European Championship, but also the WDSF Latin European Cup! 

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!