On today’s show, I have sisters Kristin and Kelly McQuaid to break down the wonderful world of dance…competitions. As professional dancers and choreographers, this dancing duo shared firsthand insight into the good, bad, and the ugly of competing in the dance industry. Press that play button, this is one episode you won’t want to miss!
Competition Pros and Cons
The McQuaid sisters share what they love about competitions—the teamwork, the comradery, the confidence boost! There are so many great life skills to learn through dance competitions. Not only does it build confidence in the wins, but it also helps to build character in the losses. “Losing” is a part of life and it’s good to know how to deal with it early on. Of course, there are also the cons. Over-exertion, jealousy, attitude…there’s a lot of tough emotions that can come up in these environments. We also talk about how Brody’s first competition went. Hint: we both needed therapy after.
It Can Help Launch Your Career
If you want dance to be your profession, Kristin and Kelly say that competitions are a great way to start. You get over the nerves of performing early on, you learn to captivate an audience, and you grow as a person and a dancer. The sisters talk about dance as an industry and how the more experience you have, the better! Of course, at the end of the day, it’s all about passion. If you love what you do, others will love watching you do it!
Remember, It’s Supposed to Be Fun
One of the biggest takeaways is that dance is fun! Competitions should be fun, too. It’s so easy to get in your head about winning or doing your best or taking it so seriously. So it’s important to remember that dance is supposed to be something lighthearted and exciting, an amazing release. Kristin and Kelly share their experiences and memories from their early days and talk about why it’s so important to find the joy in dance, no matter if you’re competing or rehearsing.