If you are a dancer, you would have daydreamed during dance practice and after getting positive feedback from your colleagues and tutors about participating in a dance competition and getting recognition & fame from the audience. And you would have also imagined creating a lasting impact on the audience with your charismatic dance steps.
Standing out in a fierce competition where immense popularity on social media platforms is on the cards of every dancer, it is essential to pay meticulous attention to specific aspects, such as unique choreography, expressions, message through the dance, making eye contact, technique, and power-packed performance for making an eternal impression in front of an audience.
In this blog, we will walk you through efficacious tips to stand out in a dance competition.
Tips to Stand Out in a Dance Competition
Put Aside Self Doubt
“Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” ― Roy T. Bennett.
If you watch dance videos of dancers who have won top dance competitions in India and at the International Level, such as IIGF, you will notice all the winners have one thing in common – Confidence.
The foremost tip to stand out in a Dance competition is staying confident and believing in yourself that it is your day, there is no bigger force than you, and you are on your dream platform dancing your heart out to exhilarate the audience.
Audiences always remember the performances, and its videos are always trending on Social Media Platforms where dancers performed with their heads high and spread positive vibes with their energised dance performances.
It doesn’t matter which song you danced or steps you missed out on; all that matters is your Confidence – how confidently you nail on the day of competition will earn you critical acclaim.
“Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” –Diane Arbus.
Paying Attention to Presentation
Mere dancing and confidence aren’t enough to wow the audience. It is pivotal to present yourself professionally by paying meticulous attention to your dance costume, tights, hair bands & clips, footwear, and other dressing aspects.
The dancers who stand out from the rest are well-dressed because if you are well-groomed and wear the correct outfit and accessories that suit your dance form, you will undoubtedly stand out from other dancers. The audience gets captivated by brighter customer colours and sharply styled dance contestants.
If you are dressed elegantly, the confidence will reflect in your dance moves, enabling you to deliver an enthralling performance. We recommend making a list of items to ensure your appearance is on point.
Dance to Impress, not just to Win
If you are participating in a Dance Competition with the mindset of winning the cash prize (coming first), we recommend changing your perspective by going the other way. If you watch dance competition videos of the last 5-10 years, you will notice more than the winners; the runners-up received applause, recognition, fame, and support, which is evident even today.
Hence, you should dance in a competition to impress the audience with your dance choreography, form, and message through your performance. With this attitude, you will receive tremendous respect & honour from the audience.
At India’s International Groovefest, we provide an International stage for the dancers to perform their dance form and win critical acclaim in front of a global audience.
Sportsmanship and Listening to Critiques
Many Dancers have arrogant behaviour that affects their scoring and create a negative impression on the audience and judges. Displaying poor sportsmanship at the Dance competition by disrespecting your fellow dancers and other contestants by commenting on them and not being generous will undoubtedly disappoint the jury members & audience.
We recommend being humble, polite, and respectful to the judging panel committee, audience, and dancers competing with you. Appreciating other dancers, thanking judges for their feedback, and small gestures like this creates a positive impression of yours.
Also, respect and acknowledge judges’ valuable input and recommendations to enhance your dancing skill. Implementing and working on every detailed and thorough constructive criticism will foster your dance form and bring the best out of you.
Pro Tip: If you are participating with your team and leading the group as their captain, we recommend a worthwhile tip – “In the pack of wolves, the leader always leads from the front by protecting them against enemies, taking authority whenever required, and keep the wolves bound together. Similarly, in the dance competition, you should lead your team from the front, ensure coordination and take ownership at all stages.”
After reading the blog, you will have a comprehension of helpful tips to make yourself and your dance performance stand out at a Dance competition. You will acquire desired outcomes by implementing all the tips mentioned in the blog, from dancing with complete confidence, presenting yourself professionally, staying humble & grounded, and dancing to the WoW audience.
If you are exploring a dance competition in 2023 to participate and showcase your dance talent and form, India’s International Groovefest (IIGF) is your one-stop destination. We have successfully conducted four seasons of IIGF, bringing the fifth season for which online auditions are ongoing.
You can participate in IIGF 2023 by following the entry process – uploading your dance on your YouTube channel and emailing us at email@example.com. The Finale and Grand Finale will be held in Sri Lanka on the 18th and 19th of November, 2023.
We are accepting five dance categories – Classical, Semi-Classical, Folk, Freestyle, and Superwoman (for 30+ age women). At IIGF, you can win International certificates & stage presence, trophies, medals, critical fame, and a cash prize of INR 5 Lakhs.