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Tips for Competition First-timers

One of the most exciting parts of being a dancer, gymnast, or cheerleader is being part of a team and traveling for competitions, conventions, or performing at recital. Competition also brings its own set of stresses. Many of those stresses could be amplified this year as studios face new guidelines and frameworks for competition season. Here are a few tips to help you feel confident and relaxed.

1. Be Prepared

Make sure you know the competition/convention rules and your studio's requirements. Make a packing list at least one week before the competition/convention/recital and recheck it often to make sure you have everything you need! It's also a great idea to check out information on the venue, hotel, and city of the competition especially if it is your first time. This year make sure you know the safety guidelines and protocols in response to COVID. Make sure you pack plenty of face masks and hand sanitizer.

2. Be Rested

Schedules can be hectic as well as unpredictable. Make sure you schedule enough time in your travel plans to allow plenty of time for sleep and recovery so you can perform your best.

3. Be Confident

YOU CAN DO THIS! This is what you have been putting in countless hours at the studio (or at home) for. Rely on all that your teachers have taught you (they know what they're doing). If you find that your nerves are getting out of control try some relaxation techniques to help you focus. Essential oils are great for relieving stress. Take items with you that make you feel more comfortable like your favorite stuffed friend, a cozy pair of socks, or your favorite soundtrack!

4. Be A Good Sport

This is probably the best tip of all! No matter where you place in a competition, maintain your inner beauty by demonstrating good sportsmanship. Judges, parents, and other dancers will notice how you carry yourself and how you treat others. Always be on time! Your parents, teachers, and the competition staff will appreciate it! Take time to notice other dancers. Compliment them on their costumes or performances. Who knows - you might just make a lot of new friends. Having a positive attitude will rub off on others and helps relieve stress.

Check out the FAQ section of our website for links to more tips and checklists to help you prepare.

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