Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Things Dance Competition Parents Are Guilty Of That We Really Don't Need To Worry About

Yeah, that was a long title. So what.

We all stress over silly things. Don't lie. You do it too. Some of us do it more than others. But even the most laid-back parents have non-essential thoughts creep into their heads when it comes to dance.

1. Worrying about the score/performance/outcome - even though it really has nothing to do with you. They'll perform it to the best of their ability on that day and if the judges ate the right breakfast, they'll like it.

2. Stressing About Choreography - When will it be done. Is it going to be cleaned in time? Why is my snowflake in the back row?

3. Worrying about costumes - Will someone else have this costume? How much does it cost (Ok, that concern IS valid).  Will they be in on time? What if they aren't? Will the world implode? Will the competition be canceled if we don't get it stoned in time? OH MY GOD MAKE IT STOP.

4. Checking out the competition - both in studio and at competitions. You know you do it. That other teen solo...you're watching her. Oh, wait, can my daughter do that move? Oh, she's definitely better than that. Stop it. Just stop.

5. Choreographing in your head. Even if you've never taken a single dance class in your entire life, you will one day, out of the blue, become a world-famous choreographer in your own head. A song will come on the radio and in your head, you've set a perfect dance.

6. Oversharing - Not many people besides grandma and grandpa really care to watch a video of your child tap dancing to "Man in the Mirror" for the 7th time. (and sometimes, you can even catch their eyes glazing over)  Nor do they care that she got a Kryptonite Platinum on her solo and a High Gold on her Group Dance and they certainly aren't likely to understand the difference (because frankly, even we don't always.) That won't won't stop me from doing it. I"m just owning it.

That's my list. What can you add?


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