How are you getting ready for the Philippine Dance Cup? @kimabro shares with us some tips on how she conquers the stage during competitions! "A lot of tips can be given to a dancer entering a competition; however, based on my personal experience all these tips can be summarized into two major points.
1. Stay focused: The moment you decide that you’re entering a competition you need to commit yourself fully into to it. Make sure to never lose sight of the goals you’ve set for yourself. Keep on working hard and always be open to the process of learning.
2. Have fun: Competitions are wonderful opportunities for you to grow and mature as a dancer. Embrace it openly—and by doing so, you allow yourself to enjoy the entire process of it!
After joining two local ballet competitions (NAMCYA 2011 & CCP Ballet Competition 2016) and one international ballet competition (Genee IBC 2012), I’ve come to understand more deeply what ballet competitions are.
In my opinion, ballet competitions are made for risk takers—those that step out of their comfort zones, and willingly allow themselves to be judged and/or ranked with their skills and performance. Hence, competitions make you a fighter, in a sense that you aim your best in perfecting those multiple pirouettes, lifting those arabesques higher, soaring up in the air in those grand jetes, and so on. These are all indeed very true but one important component that majority tend to forget or lose focus on is that more than being a so-called “fighter” you are first and foremost an Artist. As an artist you create art through dance. You allow yourself to portray a character and tell his or her story through the movements that you do while doing a classical variation or a contemporary piece onstage. Truly, a dancer’s technique may get the attention and amazement of the audience and judges, but a dancer’s artistry and portrayal will always capture their hearts...”
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