Performance and Competition

I’ve been thinking about dancing, and trying to define certain things like why I like to dance, who I like to dance with and why, and why I love competing as much as I do. I was re-reading some of Jerry’s old posts and one really stood out to me. He wrote about Creativity & Competitions a while back and I just wanted to throw in my two cents to the epic lindy loggers blog-o-sphere.

In trying to figure out what I like best when I watch contests, I always see two different kinds of competitors:

1) There’s the competitors who don’t pull out any tricks and just dance for the moment and have a blast doing it. These dancers make you want to run up there and dance with them to join in the fun.

2) Then there’s the competitors that are over prepared. These dancers always look like they are thinking about the next move, or trick, or gimmick they are going to do. Personally, when I see this I fear for their lives. They are so focused, it’s terrifying.

These aren’t really precise categories, but more like two sides of a continuum and both sides have their benefits and deficits. I love watching spontaneous awesomeness erupt, it’s really incredible, nothing else like it. However performance and showmanship is also important in dancing and in competitions (see this for further discussion on why tricks are an important part of contests and performances). But when you combine both, that’s when the magic happens.

Obviously there’s no step by step procedure you can go through for this to happen. Some days the spirit takes you and other days you’re just too worried if people can tell that you haven’t shaved in a week. The one thing that you can do consistently to get the most out of every competition, not necessarily win, is enjoy every moment like it’s your last time dancing on this earth. This is why I compete, because I enjoy each fleeting moment knowing that there will never be another one like it.

Next time you are in a competition, remember it’s your time to dance and you should enjoy ever second. If you don’t enjoy dancing, why do you do it?

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3 thoughts on “Performance and Competition

  1. Augie says:

    Alice! It has been my pleasure to be on the dance floor with or against you in competitions. Your spirit is really inspiring and you make everything so much more fun than what it would be, and that’s saying a lot! Thanks for all the great dances and all of the future ones. When you make it to top, don’t forget all of us little people. ;P

  2. fineprnt says:

    Um this comment was supposed to go here.

    “Now that you mention it, I think a lot of my life can be defined as continuums.”

  3. […] as the pass by, or whoever happens to catch a glimpse of me in a jack and jill prelim. That is why competitions are such powerful experiences for […]

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