For me, competition is a community building activity, a challenge, and a benchmark.
Competition gives us an opportunity to promote and celebrate those members of our community to devote time and energy to being better dancers, not just for skill, but contributing to what we all know as blues idiom dance. These dancers are often scene leaders, teachers, and musicians who bring music, learning, and dancing to various areas of the world. We root for them, shout out their city when they make finals, cheer them on when they dance in finals, and they help build pride in our individual scenes and our dance as a whole.
These competitions are often hard to make finals in as well. Out of a few hundred people, maybe up to a hundred compete in some way, and only three to seven couples or individuals make it to the finals of any given competition. Also, due to the nature of social dancing, we’re not perfect every time we compete as we may dance with partners we’ve never experienced, danced to a song we’ve never heard of before, or just had an off day. Competition is a constant challenge and test to be ready and adaptable to each new situation, while still connecting with each partner and song, and being there to have a really awesome time!
Those are the goals and ideals I hold myself to, and here is what i’ve been able to accomplish with that mindset!
|Sweet Molasses 2017||Advanced M&M||3rd,
with Grace Jones-Taylor
|BABBLE X 2017||Triple Threat||Alternate,
w/ Shira Hoffman
|Snowbound Blues 2016||All-Star Jack and Jill||Finals, with Tanya Teal||Link|
|Berlin Blues Explosion 2016||Jack and Jill||1st, with Novikova Darya||Link|
|Berlin Blues Explosion 2016||Strictly||Finals, with Jess Louise||–|
|Nocturne Blues 2016||Open Jack and Jill||Finals, with Laura Chieko||Link|
|Nocturne Blues 2016||Challenge Strictly||Finals, with Shoshi Krieger-Joven||Link|
|Austin Blues Party 2016||Big Damn Social Jack and Jill||Finals||Link|
|Austin Blues Party 2016||Newcomer Jack and Jill||2nd, as a Follow, with Chelsea Adams||Link|
|Steel City Blues 2016||Open Jack and Jill||1st, with Shoshi Krieger-Joven||Link|
|Snowbound Blues 2015||Social Jack and Jill||2nd, with Shira Hoffman||Link|
|Snowbound Blues 2015||Novice/Expert Jack and Jill||2nd, with Caren Jensen||Link|
|Snowbound Blues 2015||Solo Comp||Finals||Link|
|Berlin Blues Explosion 2015||Jack and Jill||2nd, with Philippa Svensson||Link|
|Berlin Blues Explosion 2015||Strictly||3rd, with Annette Kuhnle||Link|
|North Star Blues 2015||Strictly||Finals, with Andi Hansen||Link1/Link2|
|Sweet Molasses Blues 2015||Advanced Jack and Jill||3rd, with Elizabeth Tuazon||Link|
|Nocturne Blues 2015||Switch! Jack and Jill||2nd, with Grace Jones-Taylor||Link|
|Nocturne Blues 2015||Challenge Strictly||Finals, with Shoshi Krieger Joven||Link|
|Nocturne Blues 2015||Solo Team Competition||Finals||Link|
|Austin Blues Party 2015||Big Damn Social Jack and Jill||Finals||Link|
|Austin Blues Party 2015||Strictly||3rd, with Laney Barhaugh||Link|
|BamBLOOZled 2012||Open Jack and Jill||1st, with Laura Wood||Link|
|BamBLOOZled 2011||Newcomer Jack and Jill||3rd||Link|