A peek into the life of a competitive dancer…

Polka Party Album Cover (CC)

I haven’t posted a lot here on my blog about dancing; most of my posts have been more focused on getting healthy.  So here’s a “dancing” post for your enjoyment.

A couple of days ago I sent an email to my dance partner.  We have a big dance competition coming up.  It is the Dallas Dance Festival and it is widely considered to be the largest UCWDC Country Western Competition Dance Event in the US other than the World Championships.  I know that a lot of dancers treat it as something of a “dress rehearsal” for Worlds.  Anyway, so much for the background, now back to the email.

I realized that we only had six practices left before the competition so I thought “Hey, I’d better do some thinking about what needs the most work and figure out a tentative ‘schedule’ and send it to my partner to see what she thinks”.  Create a “Game Plan” in other words.

She thought what I wrote was funny, printed it out and brought it to the dance studio to show the other dancers and our coaches.  Everyone was amused, and then one of the coaches said to my partner “That’s funny, he should start a blog.”  Well, since I already *have*a blog, and a couple other dancers also thought it was amusing, I thought I’d share it here with the dozen folks who are actually reading this blog.  Enjoy!

Here is the email:

— On Mon, 10/31/11, CowboyDancer (Tony) wrote:

Subject: Schedule at DDF / Tentative Game plan for practices
Date: Monday, October 31, 2011, 8:24 AM


Good morning to my most wonderful fabulous dance partner,  😉

According to the Dallas Dance Festival website you dance on Friday and we dance on Saturday (early afternoon).  I’ll be there on Friday to cheer you on!  😀

I figure that Polka and Two step are the two dances that need the most repetition at this point.  What do you think? Yes/No?  Assuming that you agree those are the two needing the most work, how about this for a tentative game plan for our remaining practices (trying to pair high energy with more moderate energy dances and the lowest energy at the end of the practice):

Tue the 1st:   Two Step 1hr, East Coast 30min and West Coast 30min

Wed, the 2nd:  Two Step 1hr, Night Club (NC–focus on timing and technique) 30min, and Triple Two 15-30 min

Thur, the 3rd:  Polka 1hr or as much as we can handle without passing out…LOL, Waltz 30 min, and West Coast 15-30 min

Sat the 5th:  Polka 1hr (again as much as we can without having a heart attack, Cha Cha 30min, and NC 15-30 min

Tue the 8th:  Polka 1hr (who invented this dance anyway?  the Marquis de Sade?, boot camp drill instructors?), EC(?) 15-30 min, and anything else that we feel is in dire need of attention assuming we aren’t curled in a corner moaning in pain and gasping for breath from the Polka.

Wed the 9th:  Walk once, run twice all eight dances in order.

Which gives a day of what will be much needed rest on Thursday before the comp.  🙂

I’m looking forward to this.  I think we’re going to do very well.  Don’t know how we’ll place but I think we’ll dance well and get a lot of “You guys have really improved” comments.  🙂


So there you have it… a peek into what actually goes on in between dance competitions and the LOVE that dancers have for Polka!  LOL!

See ya on the dance floor!


About TxCowboyDancer

Professional Dance Instructor teaching Country, Ballroom, Swing, Latin and Line Dance. Eleven time Country Dance World Champion.

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