Competitions: Good or Bad?
When winning, beating our peers or adding to our trophy cabinet become our main priority, the potential gains of the experience are being missed... When you apply for a job, no choreographer or director asks how many competitions you have won. They are interested in your technique, skill and performance ability. Competitions will help you develop and improve these skills, but the actual result is somewhat redundant. If we compete to compare ourselves to others, we are also doing ourselves a great disservice. We should be aiming for a personal best and critiquing our performance in regards to our last.
When deciding to participate in a competition, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Be confident and focus on all the important things you’re learning and discovering about yourself. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t place. Trophies and accolades are nice, but technique, skill and ability will last a lifetime!