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!

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Ballroom in a Few Gifs #5 – Back to School Edition

Welcome back to school, all those who are still getting their formal education on!

Reuniting with all your dance friends whom you haven’t seen all summer

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When you and your partner realize you are in no shape to run rounds

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Newbies watching veterans dance

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The brand-newbies just learned a cha cha basic!  

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Realizing that some of the freshmen were born in 1997

(new life goal: be out of grad school before the new freshmen were born in the 2000s)

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When your biggest rival just got way better this summer while you lazed around

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How some home-made ballroom gowns look

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What to expect at syllabus levels at collegiate competitions now that USA Dance costume rules have been relaxed

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You Know You’re a Collegiate Ballroom Dancer When…

You think $100 is a whole lot to pay for shoes.  Ha, just wait until you see prices for legit costumes.

There’s always some sort of partnering or dating or partnering AND dating drama going on.

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From ReactionGifs

You have no idea who your partner will be for the next competition, which may or may not be next week.

From Tumblr…somewhere.

Girls are always on the prowl for a skilled male partner.

You’re cool with sleeping on a dorm room floor for the night.

From Tumblr somewhere.  Sorry, no animated gif here.

You are borrowing a skirt from a teammate but have no idea to whom it actually belongs.

You want to get a drink post competition but have to consider whether any of the people you are with are underage.

From Tumblr user a-crosstown

You have lots of friends from colleges all over the place.  Who all seem to know each other somehow.

From giphy. I couldn’t find a fitting gif, so there you go.

You have some pretty intense ballroom crushes.  EIther opposite- or same-sex, doesn’t matter.

From someone’s blogspot.

You go from raggedy sweats as a uniform to glammed out competition mode with a flip of a switch.

Not sure where it’s from, but Disney originally, obvi.

You’re willing to drive 10+ hours to a competition but never to fly.

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You scrounge money for occasional private lessons a couple times a semester.

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You regularly go to sleep at 3 am and wake up at 5 am to get ready for a competition.

From SurvivingCollege.com

You bring homework to a competition but inevitably don’t even touch it.

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You are not quite sure how old anyone is….they could range from 17 to over 35.

You wear a costume that belongs to either the team or a team member and it has been used by at least five people in the past couple of years.

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You want to just leave already, be it from campus or the competition or team dinner, but it takes the team almost-literally years to go anywhere.

From Tumblr somewhere.

You just love everyone, because the collegiate ballroom dance community is a fantastic one! Much Ballroom Love!

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