Tag: dance competitions

The Nitty-Gritty of Cleaning Choreography for Recitals, Competitions and Collegiate Dance Numbers

From the moment the LSU Tiger Girls begin their national-title–winning number, “Like a Boy,” every dancer is in perfect unison. (And we’re talking not-one-hair-out-of-place kind of unison.) They strut forward with their arms placed sharply by their sides on count one, and it’s difficult to find where one dancer starts and the other begins. That […]

Training for Trophies? Cultivate a Healthy Competitive Mindset Instead

Dance competitions have long been a hotly debated topic in the dance education community. The notion of “competition” is usually blamed, but such blame misses the point. After all, competition is inherent to any audition process where multiple dancers vie for a limited number of positions. Competition is also meaningful in youth sports, from archery […]

Competition Judges Discuss How to Give Meaningful Feedback

For 10 years, Anthony Morigerato judged competitions using almost the same score sheets he got when he was a comp kid. “I thought to myself, ‘Why haven’t they changed at all? Why are they so general?’” As a tap dancer, Morigerato found that only one word (“feet”) on the judge’s sheet applied to him. “It’s […]

An Unforgettable Weekend of Dance With Showstopper

The fun doesn’t stop after Showstopper’s competition season ends. Join Showstopper this fall and winter for their 2018-19 Dance Conventions. Bring the whole studio or dance solo, but register soon so you do not miss out! Why Showstopper Dance Conventions? Exposure Network with dancers, choreographers, and teachers from all over the world. Experience and learn […]

America’s First Dance Competition Is Celebrating Its 40th Anniversary!

Showstopper has been making its impact on the dance world since 1978. Before then, dancers didn’t have a stage to perform on, the opportunity to learn from peers, or a competitive outlet like most sports. Debbie Roberts recognized this missing piece in the dance community and that is how America’s first and longest running dance […]