General Dance Discussion > Comp Results of DFers

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by elisedance, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. jwlinson

    jwlinson Member

    Partner and I returned from our first-ever comp this past weekend. It was the Illini DanceSport Invitational at Champaign-Urbana, IL.

    The categories were odd: Beginner and Advanced only, with Advanced meaning more than a year's experience or something like that. We danced a heat, and were judged on whether we were more advanced or less advanced, which separated us into an A (for advanced) category, and a B (beginner) category. So you had four total categories: Beginning beginner, advanced beginner, beginning advanced, and advanced advanced. That's how we figured it anyways.

    We entered WTFQ, and made it to the finals in tango and foxtrot (placing 5th in each) and to the semi-finals in quickstep. We didn't make the waltz semi's, which totally threw me for a loop. They were two of the cleanest waltzes we've ever danced, and felt awesome. The only reason I can think of is maybe because we threw in a throwaway in each heat of waltz we danced, and maybe since it was a collegiate-level comp they weren't allowed? I don't know... The website and flyer never mentioned any disallowed moves, and we were in the "advanced" category. Partner said she noticed one of the judges give us a rather disapproving stare when we did one, which she said later didn't really make sense at the time. Maybe that was it...

    We didn't final in quickstep since we were both really tired after all the heats we did, and I flubbed the footwork during the semi, but we at least made finals in two, and semi'd in the other one. Out of probably 50 or more total couples (not sure of the exact count), I'm tickled we did so well for our first comp!

    We went along with two of our dance-friends from the studio, and they danced beginning waltz and cha-cha. They placed 4th in waltz and 5th in cha-cha (both in the "A" category) and really looked great. One of them had an aunt come to watch, and she played videographer for us. The vid turned out great.

    Definitely a great first comp.
     
  2. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    CONGRATS!! :D

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun, and a great experience!
     
  3. Shelu

    Shelu Member

    Over the weekend

    Over the weekend I want to share what happened - My daughter has a new pro partner and we are very happy. She won both open gold latin heats. I came in second in silver in both of mine. We meet alot of our friends and had a good time. That's all ! :rocker:
     
  4. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    Sounds like quite the event Shelu - congrats to you and your daughter. Was it a big competition?
     
  5. Shelu

    Shelu Member

    reply

    It was the Commonwealth Classic in Lowell, MA
     
  6. gracie

    gracie Active Member

    I competed in Int. Standard intermediate and full bronze over the weekend for the first time. Had previously done Am. Smooth. Got 9 firsts and one second in a field of 6 so feeling encouraged right now and ready to keep learning! Can even understand when you guys discuss technique (somewhat).:)
     
  7. dancerman

    dancerman Active Member

    MQ Sorry to hear.You looked pretty unhappy when I spoke with you after you danced. Fortunately I didn't feel that way this time. I did last year in New York and it sucks. You two will figure it out I'm sure.
     
  8. dancerman

    dancerman Active Member

    Congrats to you and Jen.
     
  9. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    Wow...congrats to JW, shelu & gracie! Sounds like positive experiences all around!
     
  10. dancerman

    dancerman Active Member

    I had such a great time. I didn't realize how much I missed being out there.
     
  11. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    congrats to you too!!! :D
     
  12. gracie

    gracie Active Member

    Thank You Samina! I must say you have been an inspiration to me and I love your blog. Even bought one of the books you recommended:uplaugh:
     
  13. Standarddancer

    Standarddancer Well-Known Member

    congrats to JW, shelu, dancerman & gracie!!!!
     
  14. Standarddancer

    Standarddancer Well-Known Member

    Our results not great recently, at Grand cup we were so stupid, failed to check schedule the day before, in fact, they had wrong schedule on net for the whole week displaying our heat 7:15ish but changed last min to 6:30, we were running late, arrived at comp venue several minutes before our heat start, barely had time to change and had no time to catch breath:( it was only semi-final and we failed to make the final since we danced so badly due to lack of warmup and nervousness. oh well, never arrive late again and no warmup big no no.

    at DCDI we arrived early, and prepared early so dancing much better, placing 3rd overall among a Qtr final. Funny thing is we arrived so early and champ std wasn't starting until 10ish, I warmed up and then waiting, almost fell asleep. lol. That's not good either, when I warmed up, I want to dance, not waiting, but still better than last minute arrival and no warm up and preparation at all.
     
  15. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    sorry to hear about the unpleasant experience at the Grand Cup, standarddancer! but congrats at DCDI! that is most excellent!
     
  16. elisedance

    elisedance New Member

    yes - congrats SDD - 3rd with a quarter is dynamite.

    We've had very mixed results of late (I must admit the thought of quitting did cross my mind after the last one (see above)) but tonight was definitely a step in the right direction. 6 couple final and we placed 2nd. Unfortunately, DP went out of the dance hall for a minute - just as they called us for the awards so I ended recieving it and standing in the lineup by myself.

    that feels a bit better :)
     
  17. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    oooo, excellent! let me know how you like it! :D :D
     
  18. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    very nice, eddie. especially after all the hard work you've been putting in this week...you still managed to pull enuf energy together to deliver!
     
  19. and123

    and123 Well-Known Member

    Brown comp w/CNP today - Silver Standard and Smooth. We made finals in all events, one of which finally caused me to point into Gold Smooth (for Foxtrot anyway). :cool: Happy for me, but unfortunately CNP has never danced Smooth until a few weeks ago, so tossing him into Gold is just cruel :(. So we're going to skip Smooth at comps for a while until he gets more comfortable and experienced with it and we can present some Gold-worthy material.
     
  20. samina

    samina Well-Known Member

    happy for ya, and123. congrats on the finals for you guys!
     

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