How To React To Disappointing Competition Results

“You should have placed higher.” 

Almost every competitive dancer has had an event where things didn’t go their way. Their performance kicked butt, but the results reflected the opposite. They did everything right, but still, the top of the podium eluded them. What gives?

With dancesport being a very subjective sport, when you get results that feel undeserved or unfair, it’s easy to start blaming things that had nothing to do with your dancing. 

“The floor was slippery.”

“Those judges always favor the students from their studio.”

“That judge just doesn’t like me. He never gives me good marks.”

“That other couple kept getting in our way.”

“They’re biased against me because I’m fatter/taller/shorter/tattooed/etc.”

How much these factors actually affected your results, I can’t say. What I can tell you is how to react to your results when you think something unfair or biased contributed to them. The short answer: don’t.

This isn’t about getting the justice you think you deserve or sticking it to those who didn’t give you a fair shot. It’s about preserving your mindset so you can go out and dance at the next competition with joy instead of bitterness.

The truth is the longer you compete, the more likely you’ll get results that you don’t like. But since dancing is about so much more than results, it’s important to not let disappointing or unfair placements get in the way of why you really dance. 

One way to do that is make your results at a competition an afterthought. Your primary focus is owning and enjoying every moment of your dancing. Stepping out onto the floor like you belong there (because you do!). You’re not there to be validated by the judges or anyone else. You don’t care about their opinions because you love what you do and you know you’ll give your best performance no matter what. 

It may sound oversimplified and I know you have a lot of external voices telling you that you need to do this and that to ensure the judges notice you or to give you an extra edge over the competition. Doesn’t it get stressful and tiring to have to worry about all of those “extra” things though? Wouldn’t it be nice to just dance your heart out? 

It might sound weird. I mean, why are you entering a competition if you don’t care about the results? The funny thing is, when I truly stopped worrying about what the judges thought of me and just danced for my own joy and fulfillment, I took home a world champion title! 

I can’t guarantee anything, of course, but if you’ve been frustrated by disappointing competition results, you may be surprised to see how they improve once you stop paying attention to them.

Happy dancing, dancers!

More Ways To Watch FloDance

Never miss a moment. 

Evaldas Sodeika & Ieva Zukauskaite Continue To Dominate

After a few days to reflect upon the competition in Paris, it’s time to recap the second leg of the WDSF 2019 GrandSlam series in the Standard division.

Orange Blossom Dance Festival Starts The Summer Off With A Bang

Summer is officially here, dancers! Another great UCWDC event is in the books and we are already looking forward to the next. Competitors came ready to show off their skills and it resulted in a great weekend of dance.

Top Russian Duo Earns Their 12th Latin GrandSlam Title

Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia have done it once again! Here in Taipei, they have earned their 12th WDSF GrandSlam title, and they did it with an air of impeccable ease. The night was theirs and they owned it.

Italy's Top Couple Looking For An Upset In Taipei City

And of course, we cannot forget about Standard! After the Latin competitors take on the floor in Taipei tomorrow, the Standard couples will have their chance this Sunday, June 2, to participate in the second leg of the 2019 WDSF GrandSlam series.

Taipei Hosts Exciting Showdown Between Top Latin Pairs

And now we are off once again, but this time to yet another new stop on this grand journey of DanceSport athletes worldwide: Taipei. Here, we will be awaiting the coming of the second WDSF GrandSlam leg of the annual year in both the Latin and Standard divisions.

Kick Off Your Summer At The 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival

Memorial Day is over so that means it’s time to get ready for the 2019 Orange Blossom Dance Festival! This country and swing dance competition was voted a favorite among North American UCWDC (United Country Western Dance Council) events. 

Armen Tsaturyan & Svetlana Gudyno Win 4th European Title

Au revoir, Paris! It was a sensational day at the 2019 WDSF Latin European Championships Saturday as Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno of Russia secured their fourth European title. 

Top Latin Dancers Gather In Paris For European Champs

Just two weeks ago, we had the luxury of being able to experience the heat of the Standard leg of competition at the WDSF European Championship held in Salaspils, Latvia.­ Now, we would like to “bienvenue,” welcome you, to Paris! The time has come this Saturday, May 25, for the Latin dancers to take to their stage and show their best dancing for yet another major event of the year.

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.