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Attending dance competitions, especially at the national level, can be an exciting yet challenging experience for dance teachers and their students. Here are seven common complaints that you might encounter:
1. High Costs: Participating in dance competitions, particularly national ones, often involves substantial expenses. These can include entry fees, costumes, travel, accommodation, and food. For many participants and their families, these costs can add up quickly and become a significant burden.
2. Long Hours: Dance competitions often require early morning starts and can last late into the evening. This can be exhausting for both dancers and teachers, affecting performance and overall enjoyment.
3. Judging Inconsistencies: The subjective nature of dance judging can lead to inconsistencies and perceived unfairness in scoring and feedback. This can be frustrating for dancers and teachers who feel their work isn't appropriately recognized or evaluated.
4. Overemphasis on Winning: The competitive atmosphere can sometimes overshadow the artistic and educational aspects of dance. This may lead to an unhealthy focus on winning rather than on personal growth, skill development, and the joy of performance.
5. Stress and Pressure: Competitions can be high-pressure environments, which can be stressful for dancers of all ages. This pressure can come from various sources, including teachers, parents, peers, and the dancers themselves.
6. Limited Styles and Creativity: Some competitions may favor certain dance styles or trends, which can limit creativity and diversity in choreography and performance. This can be discouraging for dancers and teachers who specialize in less mainstream styles.
7. Time Commitment: Preparing for and attending competitions, especially nationals, requires a significant time commitment. This can be challenging to balance with other responsibilities like school, work, and family life.
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JANN DAVIS, a "GRANDFLUENCER" for the dance studio industry, is a dance education consultant, assisting dance educators, facility owners, and enrichment program directors to organize their Dance Classrooms®, creating benchmarks, unit and lesson plans for dance education, dance assessment rubrics, and classroom management strategies. Ms. Davis. is a former studio owner with three locations in the Greater Boston area who has a degree in instructional educational design from Harvard University.
Jann presents professional development seminars to dance educators throughout the USA who are searching for a new model, a 21st century approach to dance education at conventions and at private in-house workshops. She is the creator of a new model for studio dance competitions called SKILLS Sport Dance Games®, (for studios who are one room only AADI members are encouraged to offer Dance4Kids Dance Games® for the Recreational Dancer which are events for Recreational students non-plagiarized dance events based on school sports for K-10, which includes a new RUBRIC BASED score system (Jann created the globally used adjudicated score system in 1977 for her competition American Dance Invitational), credentialing for adjudicators and instructors, and a built in fundraiser called the ALL STAR DANCE MOMS-DANCE DADS CLASSIC®. Profit from our events is 100% for a COLLABORATIVE TEAM or beginning in January 2024, for Solo-Preneurs who are members of AADI or the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF DANCE INSTRUCTORS, all entry fees and vendor fees are YOURS.
Ms. Davis travels via Amtrak/MBTA Commuter rail. The new models for and Dance Games® can be held in the areas where the seminars are held so members can enjoy a new income stream throughout the dance season with the promise of a new model of adjudication and instruction for the future. Events are to be held in the third and fourth terms of our 44-Week Plan throughout 2024.
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