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First Competition Information (karma: 17)
By HighlandGirl_090 Comments: 423, member since Thu May 12, 2005
On Mon Aug 29, 2005 09:08 PM
Made sticky by calypso (11968) on 2006-01-20 11:56:38
Bumped by hylndlas (107168) on 2006-08-06 12:34:31

This is a bit of information that a mom at our dance school compiled. I hope that some of you can use it for your dancers that are new to competition.


FIRST COMPETITION INFORMATION:

Completing an Entry Form for a Competition:

Make sure you fill out the entry form taking careful note of the first date you can post the entry and the last date on which you can post the entry. The last date is the date the competition closes. The sooner you complete the form and post it, the better it is. You will need a SCOT-Dance Card to be eligible to compete so make sure you get that issued before the competition. KEEP the part of the entry form that states where the competition is held - put it in a safe place where you will remember it is. Double check that you have given all the information requested in the entry and that you have signed the waiver which is sometimes printed on the back of the competition form. Remember to put a stamped addressed envelope for confirmation of entry and your cheque along with the competition entry into the envelope. The last entry to be received by the competition secretary dances first, so it is best to get the entry form submitted as soon as possible in order that the dancer has some preparation time before his/her turn to dance. When you get your entry confirmation returned to you, put it in a safe place and take it to the competition. It is not essential to have the confirmation on the morning of the competition but it is useful in case of mistakes. It is essential to take your SCOT-Dance Card.


One Week Before:

Check you have all the items on the attached checklist. Check your destination on the map especially for out of town competitions.


Hair for Competition:

For female dancers, hair should be braided back off the face or up in a bun. A bun is preferable if the hair is long enough. Ask an experienced dancer or parent on how to put a bun in. Practice before the competition as it is harder than it looks!


Night Before:

The dancer should go to bed at a reasonable time. Pack the items on the checklist the night before. Make sure you have packed all the items on the checklist. You might also want to pack a few healthy snacks i.e. fruit, veggies & dip, and water.


Day of Competition:

When you arrive at a competition (allow at least one hour before it starts). The first thing to do is look for someone you know who can guide you around. Perhaps arrange with one of the more experienced dancers/parents beforehand meet with you on the morning of the competition to explain the procedure to you. The next best thing to do is look for the entry / program table. This is easy to find. (Usually you spot it as soon as you walk in) If you really can't find it, ask someone. They'll be willing to point it out to you. Line up. You will likely have to pay for yourself (parent). You do normally do not have to pay an entry fee for the dancer.
At the admission desk you will be sold a program which details the order of the dances.


Dancer's Competition Number:

Find the Registration Table. This will be where most dancers are concentrated and they're holding in their hands a card with their photo on it. You will have to show your dancer's SCOT-Dance Card to prove that he/she can compete. You will then get a number (which you will likely have to give back at the end of the competition). The number should be pinned at the front on the kilt. The number is generally placed at the front of the middle of the kilt just above the hemline. Take a look at how other people do it and copy. The number should be straight. The lines of the kilt or skirt are generally a good guide. At the registration table someone will
direct you to the changing rooms.

The first thing to do after you have the number is locate your dancer's name in the Progam under your dancing status e.g. "Beginner" or "Primary" and then on the actual events schedule in the program, it will detail the platform for the "Beginner" category i.e. Platform A for Beginner A, or Primary A, Platform B for Beginner B or Primary B and Platform C for Beginner C. There will also be a dancing schedule detailing when the dances begin. It normally starts with the Beginner Fling but not always! If you are unsure, ask someone.

After that (time permitting) find a seat across from the Platform where your dancer will be performing - you can leave your coat on it to keep your space. Don't leave any valuables lying about. Make your way to the change room to get your dancer ready. Keep an eye on your time and the schedule of the dances which will be in the program, it is easy to under/over estimate
the time. Listen to the announcements at all times.


Warming Up:

Take time to warm up. Don't do this near the front of the stage. Find a hallway or waiting area - sometimes there are designated warm-up areas. See if you can find anyone from your class, even if they're in a higher level. It's more fun if you know someone. Have your dancer practice the dance he/she is going to be doing next.

Never be afraid to approach some of the other parents and ask them to check your dancer over before she goes on stage or explain how it works. They would be glad to help!


Start of the Competition:

Soon they will be announcing the beginning of the competition. The Judges are normally introduced and then the dancing begins. Listen carefully; if you hear your group called i.e. "First call for (Category of Dancer) e.g. Beginner A - Platform A etc.". Personal names are not used just categories i.e. Primary, Beginner, Novice etc., check one last time that your dancer's sleeves are in place, shoe laces are tucked in, socks pulled up and held in place with white elastics or garters etc., then send the dancer to the seats at the side of the stage on which he/she will be dancing on. Right beside it there is someone holding a clipboard. This is going to be where the dancer will wait. The person in the line up area will tell the dancer where to sit.


Note to Dancer:

When you walk on to the stage remember to hold your hands properly and after the dance wait until the judge nods to indicate you can leave the stage. Do not pull faces or indicate any disappointment with your dancing no matter how disappointed you are. Smile at the finish and walk off the same way you walked on - orderly fashion. Do not talk loudly, giggle or make remarks about other dancers while waiting in the line up area nor should you practice your dancing. It can interfere with the dancers on the floor.. Parents are not allowed in the line up area.


During competition:

The procedure will be as outlined in the program until all the dancers have danced.


The Awards:

The program lists when the competition results are scheduled to be announced. Primary dancer awards are normally given at the end of the Highlands and before the Nationals. All Primary dancers are normally called up even if they do not get a placing, they get a ribbon for their effort in competing.


Procedure for Dancers receiving medals:

The dancers' numbers who placed are called out. When you hear your number called, this means that you must go to the stage. Take your Scotdance card with you (Beginner and Novice) and proceed to the designated line up area. Do not run, walk on to the stage properly. When they announce what place you won, bow or curtsey nicely, step to the front, shake hands or curtsey/nod, return to the line by walking behind the row of dancers to your place in the line, bow/curtsey again. Leave the stage with the others when all the medals have been handed out and if you won a first, second or third in Beginner or Novice make sure to get your SCOT-Dance card stamped at the registration table. Remember to pick up your card after you leave the stage. (The Primary dancers do not have to get their cards stamped).


Return of Number:

At some competitions they will ask the you return your reusable number at the end of the event. Check you have all your belongings and have not forgotten anything.

IMPORTANT:

Never be afraid to approach some of the other parents/dancers for assistance. They would be glad to help! Everyone who dances or has a dancer competing has experienced the confusion of a first competition.

Competition Checklist:

www.highlanddance.ca . . .

Highlandgirl_090's Mom.

54 Replies to First Competition Information

re: First Competition Information
By katreeannmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 817, member since Wed Jul 14, 2004
On Mon Aug 29, 2005 10:17 PM
karma for you
excellent
re: First Competition Information
By claimember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 481, member since Tue Sep 02, 2003
On Tue Aug 30, 2005 02:51 AM
Yes, it was very informative.
I think it should be made a stickey, but I don't know how to do it.
Well done.
re: First Competition Information
By stepdancerfreakmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 516, member since Sun Aug 15, 2004
On Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:18 PM
The only thing that might be confusing is for american dancers the cards are FUSTA cards if I'm not mistaken as opposed to SCOT-dance.
But a very good post! I could have used that on my first competition.
Zack
re: First Competition Information
By highland_girl19member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 952, member since Fri Dec 03, 2004
On Mon Sep 05, 2005 01:14 PM
yeah, that was very good. karma for you! I definately could've used a bit of that.

Meg:)
re: First Competition Information
By highlandmama Comments: 84, member since Mon Aug 29, 2005
On Thu Sep 08, 2005 09:46 AM
Very informative for new competitors, thanks.
re: First Competition Information
By scotdancer Comments: 953, member since Sat Mar 27, 2004
On Thu Sep 08, 2005 08:38 PM
Great idea - thanks for sharing with us!
scotdancer
Wish I had that for DD's first
By jemek Comments: 31, member since Tue Dec 07, 2004
On Thu Sep 08, 2005 11:24 PM
What a great list.
re: First Competition Information
By ceolasmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2910, member since Wed May 26, 2004
On Fri Sep 09, 2005 01:39 PM
I wonder if this could be made into a sticky so it doesn't get lost?
First Competition Information
By Cher1 Comments: 10, member since Fri Sep 08, 2006
On Fri Sep 08, 2006 04:53 AM
Some of my students are hoping to compete very soon. This bit of information will prove very useful. Thanks.
re: First Competition Information
By TartnToes Comments: 130, member since Mon Oct 30, 2006
On Tue Oct 31, 2006 01:40 PM
That was an informative piece on a first competition! Good guide for parents. It also helps if you choose a dancer's first competition to be local, that way she will have a lot of the older dancers to be around. The relationships between older and younger dancers seems to effect how comfortable a younger dancer is at a competition, especially his or her first.
re: First Competition Information
By EILIDH Comments: 21, member since Mon Jul 30, 2007
On Thu Aug 09, 2007 02:45 PM
This is a great list.

Wish we stuck to something like this before competitions.

We're always running at the last minute, throwing things into bags or can't find where we're going.
re: First Competition Information
By MaryS Comments: 88, member since Mon Dec 10, 2007
On Fri Dec 21, 2007 02:45 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Very helpful info.
re: First Competition Information
By highlandheritage Comments: 125, member since Wed Dec 05, 2007
On Sat Dec 22, 2007 08:46 PM
So helpful, clear and concise! I will read this again (...and again) prior to my daughters next competition. Thank you for sharing!
re: First Competition Information
By Dancergrl862 Comments: 20, member since Sun Sep 25, 2005
On Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:39 PM
Ya! Karma for you! And yes, America uses FUSTA cards...but great information on a competition :)
re: First Competition Information
By littleflora Comments: 247, member since Sat Sep 15, 2007
On Thu Apr 17, 2008 04:34 PM
Gosh- what a detailed piece of work and how very helpful. hope I manage to do even half of what is recommended!! What I really want to know is- "do you ever master putting on the Flora outfit FAST!!!?"
re: First Competition Information
By megan1507 Comments: 97, member since Thu May 15, 2008
On Sun May 18, 2008 01:13 PM
Thank you for giving us that information. It will be very useful for people who are just starting competitions.

Good luck to anyone who is doing a competition soon. Don't forget to use that information about the competitions because it will really help you.

From Megan.
re: First Competition Information
By Mom_of_2_cuties Comments: 348, member since Tue Jun 10, 2008
On Mon Jun 23, 2008 06:55 PM
WOW! What a great resource this is! I wish I knew about this before my girls' first competition - I think I pretty much did everything wrong!

Thanks for this!
re: First Competition Information
By scottdancer94member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 622, member since Fri Jun 29, 2007
On Mon Aug 04, 2008 04:32 PM
Another thing my dance teacher told me. Don't go swiming the night before or you will be sore in the morning!

Thanks for the post!
re: First Competition Information
By FlingingLassie Comments: 29, member since Mon Jun 30, 2008
On Sun Aug 24, 2008 07:51 PM
Thank-you for this information. First compitions can be very stressful for the parents and dancers. Your information will be very useful.
re: First Competition Information
By j_llama Comments: 127, member since Thu Aug 07, 2008
On Sat Sep 27, 2008 04:36 PM
Haha I wish I could have read that before my first competition...
re: First Competition Information
By kaytbones Comments: 248, member since Thu Jan 29, 2009
On Wed Feb 04, 2009 02:03 PM
Great information - i wish i had this before our first competition - it was out of town and none of our other dancers from the school were there so we were totally on our own. Even though we were given all kinds of advice from them before it wasn't the same!
re: First Competition Information
By shar0503 Comments: 79, member since Wed Aug 27, 2008
On Tue Feb 10, 2009 02:19 PM
thankyou so much, my daughters 1st comp is next month,she is 13, but still very nervous.
re: First Competition Information
By tundravalley Comments: 6, member since Sun Mar 08, 2009
On Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:50 AM
Thank you so much for the detailed information. We will be attending our first competition shortly and it will help to have a general idea on where to go and what to do.
re: First Competition Information
By ajbaby01 Comments: 8, member since Thu Sep 24, 2009
On Fri Sep 25, 2009 04:42 AM
Excellent post, only thing I can add is never ever ever allow your dancer to walk infront of the judges post to get to the dancers line up area, amazing how many dancers do this, even saw one novice dancer on Sunday walk infront of the judge whilst dancers were actually still dancing
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