Here in the North Seattle, us Arthur Murray-ians (is that what we call ourselves? Is Murray-ers better? Murranes?) just wrapped up a big event we call Showcase. Whether or not you were an attendee this past weekend, there are always lessons to be learned from a big event. Here are ten.
- It’s easy to get emotional about what happened, but remember the journey, because that’s where the true value comes from.
- Preparation for the next event begins now. You may be tempted to take a break, but summer bodies are made in the winter.
- Take the valuable feedback you get from the judges and run with it by applying it to your next big goal.
- Are you looking to compete? Think of this event as a stepping stone for bigger events.
- Constructive feedback is easy to believe because those are areas where we can become better. However, good feedback is equally important. Believe the judges when they say you’ve done something well. Being gracious is just as important throughout your journey.
- Envision what you want your next event to look like. Start with the end goal and work backward to create a plan with your teacher.
- If things didn’t go as well as you hoped, just know that great dancers have terrible short-term memory. So don’t sweat it and keep looking forward. Next time will be better.
- When you see cool things, be they costumes or a funky step, tell your teacher. Let that guide you in the future.
- What did you think of the experience? Enjoyed it? Tell other people. Those who have never been don’t know what to expect, so they look to you to enlighten them. If you didn’t, tell your teacher or executive. They’ll want to know how they can help you get more out of the event next time around.
- Challenge yourself to try something new at the next one. Whether it’s a routine, a new dance, or a new partner, moving out of your comfort zone is a great way to improve.
As you move onto the next big “thing”, take these points to heart. Talk to your dancing friends, consult your teachers, and look forward to what the future brings. By setting goals and making the most of what you’ve experienced, you will be able to elevate your dancing to new heights. So get out there, expand your horizons and challenge yourself. I think you’ll be surprised by the results!