Pro/Am Ballroom dance competition is a category where amateur students dance with a professional dancer and compete against other Pro/Am couples. At a competition, dancing is divided into many categories. There are the different styles of dance (see Dances We Teach) and also different skill levels, divided into Bronze, Silver and Gold. Dancers are also grouped into age categories, from youth all the way to seniors. Your teacher can help determine which entries will be best for you.
Part of the fun of competing is planning the perfect ballroom look. Each style of dance has a particular type of outfit that makes the right presentation on the dance floor. Dresses can be very elaborate, and there will usually be vendors at the events with a wide selection to tempt the eye. For ladies, special attention is given to hair and makeup to create the correct image and to be visible under the bright lights.
Bronze, Silver and Gold level winners from the North Florida Ballroom Dance Challenge in Dec. 2014
Often beginners are hesitant to perform and be out on the dance floor where everyone is watching. But once they get over their initial stage-fright, most students find competing to be great fun. Do not hesitate to compete because you think you are not good enough. Even the professionals were beginners at one time, and your teacher will guide you and help you feel at ease.
Competitions are usually held at fancy hotels with large ballrooms. There are frequently other activities planned, such as social dancing and seminars. Sometimes studios will also plan some sightseeing at an out-of-town event, and it becomes a great time to have fun with your fellow students.
Dance competitions are about much more than just competing. You will make life-long friends and memories you’ll never forget. Come start your dance journey and see how much fun competing can be!
Often a studio will plan a special day once or twice a year to highlight the accomplishments of their students. You and your teacher will select a dance style and a piece of music. Then your teacher will choreograph a special dance that the two of you will perform for your fellow students, friends and family. It is a fun time to showcase what you have learned, and will help you realize how far you have come in your dance journey.