Becoming a Competition Dancer -Many students come to The Ballroom Pro to learn a few dances for a special event, but they soon discover the exciting world of Competitive Ballroom Dancing! These competitions are for all ages and skill levels. There are many local, National & International competitions and The Ballroom Pro has all the information needed to enter and compete in these events. We have taken beginner students and turned them into nationally ranked amateur competitors.
How do I begin competing? If you would like to compete in a dance competition, begin by letting your instructor know. He or she will tell you more about the kind of competitions offered and where they are located. There are competitions every week of the year somewhere in the United States! There are even competitions in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Cancun! Whether you compete as a hobby that brings you to exotic places or because you enjoy the thrill of competition, there is something for everyone.
Who do I compete with? You can compete with your instructor which is called (pro-am) or you can dance with an amateur partner (am-am). Dancing with a pro is a great way to get better faster; having a trained professional guide you through the dances is by far the most efficient & effective way to becoming the best you can be.
What dances do I do? Dances are divided into categories based on Who will I be competing against? You will only compete against people that are at your dance & age level. Competitions are available for children ages 5 and up and adults 18 and up. Competitive levels start at Newcomers and are arranged at progressively more demanding levels; Open level is the top competitive tier as an amateur dancer.
What do I wear in a competition? The right costumes are very important in competition. Ball gowns and Latin dresses are for the ladies and tail suits and Latin costumes are for the men. Proper attire is required in the competitions so costumes are often custom made for the individual dancer to assure a good fit. Costume choices are best made with your instructors input as age, dance level, body type are all taken into consideration when choosing the proper outfit.particular styles and level of dance; below are some examples: Latin dances: Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Pasodoble, Jive, Mambo, Swing, and Bolero Ballroom dances: Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Tango, Fox Trot, Quick Step.
What shoes do I wear? All Ballroom/Latin shoes share the same characteristics, mainly the bottom surface of the shoe which is suede. Shoes are a part of the competitors overall look so shoe choice should be made with the help of a professional.