Shopping for Your First Competition

For your handy-dandy convenience, I’ve done some research on the Internet in search of some affordable essential ballroom dance competition items for a first-time competitor.

Below is a list of some of my finds that total of under $250 for your first competition!  I suppose it might sound like a lot for a typical college student or first-time dancer in general, but once you have all of this stuff, you’re pretty set for the next few comps until you want to upgrade items or get a second pair of ballroom shoes.  It also assumes that you don’t have some essential things most people already have, such as makeup, a short party dress (for women, obviously), and a white shirt, black dress pants, and black socks (for men).  Click here for more information on ballroom attire, here for more information on makeup, or here for more information on shoes.

Women:

Grand Total: Approximately $232 – $280

A couple tips – colorwise, I’d suggest avoiding black and red for Latin outfits, since those are super common on the floor.  Go for neutral (shades of brown, gold, gray, or black) but dramatic eyeshadow if you’re not practiced in applying it, paired with a bright lip color like a dark pink or red.

Men:

Grand Total: Approximately $228 – $247

Experienced dancers, if you have any links to awesome online finds, please comment and share!

USA Dance Nationals

I’m currently chilling in my bed, watching the livestream of nationals. Fun stuff! Too bad there’s the 3-hour difference, since it’s in Los Angeles, but I have no problem staying up late :). Yang Chen, the MC, just announced that someone in China’s watching with us! Pretty awesome.

It’s fun chatting with other people watching on the livestream and spotting people I know or recognize from other comps.  Occasionally couples will even look straight into the camera, or you’ll notice something funny, like a judge rocking out to the beginning of a fun song.  Not quite the same as being at a live comp (I think watching live is just so much better than video) but pretty fun, and doesn’t require a plane ticket across the country.

If you want to join in, just check it out here!