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  • Writer's pictureSophie

Day 456

Updated: Nov 27, 2023

Rewrite of something I wrote a few days ago...

I’m sure many of you have watched shows like Dance Moms, tried to replicate viral Tik Tok dances, or have attended a dance recital or two. All of these things are pieces of what makes up the greater world of competitive dance, a world I happen to be quite familiar with.

When I was two years old, I attended my first dance class at a local rec center. Being that most two year olds have no agency over their bodies, it was mostly for moms to dress their kids up in a big tutus and watch them run around for an hour.

However, these once a week classes quickly turned into twice a week, three times a week, and as I got older, quickly became my whole life. I took classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, and more. I loved the performance aspect of dancing and loved being on stage, even if it was just for two or three minutes. As soon as I got more serious about it, my parents decided to let me join a competition team.My team was mid-sized and ranged from ages five to eighteen. Unlike just taking classes, I had to follow a strict class schedule and didn’t get much choice when it came to what styles I’d learn and how long I’d go to dance after school/

Dance competitions are no small event. They require a ton of space, often taking up three or four ballrooms meant for holding upwards of 500 people each. Each competition circuit goes on tour so to speak, holding events all over the country. Some particularly popular competitions right now are Radix, Jump, and 24/7. There are typically a number of studios that attend each city competition, registering 10, 20, or 30 dances of varying genres and sizes. Dance competitions last all weekend, scheduled around the clock to accommodate the numerous solos, duets, and group dances that are happening.

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