Small Competitions - To Dance or Not to Dance
Does it make sense to dance those smaller competitions? Are they worth the money? Are they worth the time? Are they worth the trouble?
To plainly put it, it all depends on what you, and your partner, are looking to accomplish.
Do you want to prepare for a larger competition by competing at a smaller venue? Is this the first competition that you plan to attend? If so, it could be a great experience to get into the competitive zone. Smaller competitions allow you to get into the competitive state of mind without being overwhelmed by the number of competitors, a large dance floor, and the flock of an audience.
Smaller competitions are less stressful than larger competitions in the fact that there are less competitors, usually a smaller arena, as well as a smaller audience. However, because there are less competitors, you get more attention and a longer spotlight than if you were competing at a larger championship. For some, this is actually more nervewrecking because they get greater stage-fright. However, as a competitor, the stage-fright must be overcome. On the other hand, larger competitions offer more pressure because of the large number of competitors, large dance floor and greater audience. For some performers, this may be quite overwhelming, so much so that performance completely dissipates and the dancers end up not enjoying the experience of performing at that competition.
Going back to the topic of smaller competitions and less competitors, this is an advantage to being better noticed on the dance floor, especially by the judges. The adjudicators have more time to really watch you dance, a task that is quite difficult with more competitors at larger competitions.
Many also dance at smaller competitions for the sake of them being local. On the other hand, some dancers decide not to dance because these competitions do not count as much as larger championships when looking at national and international expanse.
Smaller competitions are also usually less costly if they are local to your location. They are definitely less costly in comparison to larger competitions outside your residing country.
Deciding which competitions to attend is strictly based on preference as a dancer and what you personally want to accomplish as a result of performing. This decision may also be based on the preference of your partner as well as the advice given to you by your trainer or dance club. All in all, take into account the result of some of the above questions. They will help you lead to a resolution regarding dancing at small competitions. Best of luck!