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Updated: February 12, 2016
Getting prepared for an upcoming dance competition can seem like a daunting task if you don’t have a good checklist in place. I have a checklist that I use each year. It has been tweaked and added to over time. For me, I would be sure to forget something – probably something important, if I didn’t have my checklist to guide me. I remember sitting at a parent meeting the first year my daughter was in company, diligently writing everything the experienced Dance Mom was telling us we would need. Over the past few years, I have added a few things of my own and picked up some tips from other Moms both from our studio and others. The creativity of Dance Moms never ceases to amaze me. Oh, and a word of advice, if you see a great product or something cool another Mom is using and you have a moment and they appear to have a moment, go ask them about it. Most of the time, other dance moms are happy to share their knowledge.
The dance competition checklist I use is below. Feel mark through the things that don’t apply to you this year and add any additional items you know you may need in the empty spots. If there is a great product you can’t live without, comment below so others can see it too.
Dance Competition Checklist
This checklist fits on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Downloadable/Printable Pdf File: Dance Competition Checklist
I stumbled across an image on Facebook yesterday and written at the top said “What Can I Say To Myself?”. We’ve all had those moments when we think this is just not for me. This is not how I thought things would go. This is harder than I thought it would be. The dance world is competitive. The environment is one more place where you can easily measure yourself and your ability against the person standing next to you. While the studio environment may be positive and encouraging while challenging each dancer, dancers can get discouraged if things aren’t progressing as they had hoped. So, how do you help them find a different, more encouraging voice when they are dealing with an obstacle or challenge? If your dancer can sometimes be hard on themselves throughout the year, perhaps putting a different spin on their words, will encourage them to keep working hard and improving. The original image was from an elementary school classroom (found here), but I decided to adapt it a bit to the dance world.
In the comment section of the original graphic blog post, there was some debate about the last line – “I am awesome at this…” I decided to keep it mostly because sometimes dancers can get lost in their own success and forget there is still much work to be done to make them even better. So, while I think it is okay to say “I am awesome at this…”, it is more beneficial for the dancer to focus on their continued growth.