"If you're a true warrior, competition doesn't scare you. It makes you better." - Andrew Whitworth
It's that lingering few seconds where you blow out a held breath underneath the stage lights. Your group arranged in place upon the stage, each body hitting their initial mark as you all await the familiar first few beats of music that send you, ignited, into the choreography you've been tirelessly rehearsing. Except this isn't home ground or the place of your studio's recital. You're miles from your hometown and sitting in front of a panel of trained judges who are there to both enjoy and critique what you bring to the table. This isn't just a normal day at the studio. This is competitive dance.
Regardless of if you play to win or do it for the challenge/fun, competition can be stressful on both the dancer and the parents. Studios require certain things, you have to make sure you're meeting the event regulations and expectations, as well as a number of other concerns. This article hopes to shed some light on the most commonly accessed products that the dance community uses to make the traveling and performances as smooth as possible. All of the items mentioned are things we here at Bailey Slipper Shop either stock regularly or are able to obtain directly from the manufacturer. Delve in with us and see what products your competition stockpile may be lacking!
No matter what it is you need, Bailey Slipper Shop welcomes you to call or stop by! We are well-versed in the competition world and want to help your event(s) go as smoothly as possible. We advise always planning ahead, when possible, as it tends to become a hive-mind time of year and products leave the shelves fast! As always, we will happily place special orders for you if need be since a certain style or color might not be a regularly stocked item. Shopping online for dance products is always a crap shoot and we would rather see to appropriate fitting and be sure your product is new and in perfect condition! Let us know what we can do to help.
We wish all competitors a safe and fun season this year! Work hard but remember to be proud of yourself too!
Credit: Paul Michna | Staff Photographer for dailyherald.com (Competitive team photo)