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Preparing for the Dance Floor: Tips for ASARC 2024 Competitors


Hello Dancers!


With ASARC: Australian Smooth & Rhythm Classic 2024 just around the corner, it's time to get ready for the big day. Preparing for the dance floor involves more than just perfecting your routines; it also includes mental, physical, and emotional preparation. Here are some essential tips to help you shine on competition day.


1. Perfect Your Routine

Practice Makes Perfect: Yeah, I'm sure your instructor has told you this numerous times, but, it's true. Dedicate time each day to practice your routines. Focus on both the technical aspects and the emotional expression of your dance. Consistent practice will help you feel confident and prepared.




Break It Down: Work on each section of your routine separately before putting it all together. This helps ensure that every part of your performance is polished. We call this 'chunking'. Getting chunky before a competition really does help.


Simulate the Competition: Practice in conditions similar to the competition environment. This includes dancing in your costume and shoes, and if possible, in a space similar in size to the competition floor. You can find more information on the competition dance floor here.



2. Physical Preparation

Stay Fit: Maintain a regular exercise routine to keep your body in peak condition. Include cardio for stamina, strength training for power, and flexibility exercises to prevent injuries.



Rest Well: Ensure you get plenty of rest, especially in the week leading up to the competition. Your body needs time to recover and be in top shape.


Nutrition: Eat a balanced diet rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Avoid heavy meals and try to eat smaller, more frequent meals to keep your energy levels steady.



3. Mental Preparation

Visualisation: Spend time visualising your routine and performance. Imagine yourself dancing perfectly and receiving positive feedback. Visualisation can help reduce anxiety and boost confidence.



Mindfulness and Meditation: Practice mindfulness or meditation to stay calm and focused. This can help manage pre-competition nerves and keep you centered.


Positive Affirmations: Use positive affirmations to build confidence. Remind yourself of your strengths and achievements as a dancer.



4. Emotional Preparation

Stay Connected: Lean on your support system. Talk to friends, family, or fellow dancers about your feelings and excitement. Their support can be a great source of motivation.



Set Realistic Goals: Focus on personal improvement rather than just winning. Set achievable goals that you can control, such as executing a specific move flawlessly.


Enjoy the Process: Remember why you love to dance. Embrace the journey and enjoy every moment on the dance floor, from practice sessions to the final performance.



5. Practical Preparation

Pack Early: Make a checklist of everything you need for the competition, including costumes, shoes, makeup, hair accessories, and snacks. Pack your bag a few days in advance to avoid last-minute stress.


Know the Schedule: Familiarise yourself with the competition schedule and venue layout. Plan your arrival time and know where you need to be and when.


Warm-Up Routine: Develop a pre-performance warm-up routine to get your body ready. Include stretches, light cardio, and some practice moves.




Conclusion

Preparation is key to a successful performance. By focusing on your routine, physical and mental well-being, and practical details, you can step onto the dance floor with confidence and grace. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the experience and let your passion for dance shine through.


We can't wait to see you light up the stage at ASARC 2024!


Keep dancing,


Your ASARC Team


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