The Competitors Edge
Tips for Developing Your "Winning Edge"
by Edie, The Salsa FREAK
With the overwhelming popularity of partner dancing lately, more and more dancers all over the world are busy looking, choosing, and quietly deciding who to partner with. This month, I'd like to discuss how to find (and keep) a good dance partner,
and how to prepare for a dance competition.
Aside from our partner-search service
, partners can be found in classified ads in the newspaper, in dance magazines, at dance studios, colleges, universities, at the gym, and in nightclubs.
The first thing you have to decide on, is what type of partnership commitment YOU, YOURSELF are willing to make on a personal level.
RESEARCH first, THEN decide.
Can you honestly say "Yes" to the following?
- Are you willing to dedicate countless hours with someone, day in and day out, week after week, and possibly month after month?
- Do you have the physical energy left after your day job, to practice into the late hours of the night, very very hard?
- Are you willing to put up with the bruises, falls, accidental hits and physical demands placed on your body?
- Are you willing to adjust and move around your otherwise "normal" schedule to fit in the hours, days, and weeks of practice sessions?
- Are you willing to motivate and encourage the partner you choose when they just don't seem like they're with it, nor worth it anymore?
- Are you willing to pay the money for studio time, music, outfits, and sometimes needed professional instruction?
- Are you willing to withstand your partner's bad habits (ie smoking, smell, poor attitude, demanding personality, off-beat problem, farting or burping problem, jealous husband/girlfriend/wife problem, kid problem, dress problem, weight problem, hair problem, dance problem, acne problem, posture problem, lead problem, following problem, etc) during the weeks of preliminary rounds, then semi-final rounds, then final rounds?
- Are you willing to give up television?
- Are you willing to give up time with your loved ones for a few weeks or maybe even months?
- Are you willing to commit to hours and hours of grueling practice with your partner instead of going out and spending time with all