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« on: May 15, 2009, 10:52:19 PM »

I thought I would start a thread to help others know what you do to prepare for a competition. No so much your lessons, but what you get ready, what you take with you. how you settle your nerves (if you still get  them)

Do you check all your costumes/gowns etc....do you do it after the last comp or just before the next one?
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 11:16:37 PM »

Great idea for a thread QPO!  I really need some help in this regard!  I'm a mess before every competition.  I don't get nervous, but I just haven't gotten my act together organizing myself.  Hence the reason I won't be imparting any advice here!  I really look forward to reading the responses. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009, 12:44:09 AM »

me too I don't have enough experience yet to advise others, but I do have an emergency kit.. with sewing kits, shoe laces, safety pins, etc...deodorant  Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 01:46:44 PM »

I often find that at some point in any comp, there comes a time when I need to get away from it for a little while.  So I take a novel to read, or my Ipod, or both. 

And don't forget the corkscrew.   Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2009, 11:00:32 PM »

I often find that at some point in any comp, there comes a time when I need to get away from it for a little while.  So I take a novel to read, or my Ipod, or both. 

And don't forget the corkscrew.   Wink

I do agree with that....but you can always buy a screwtop now no corkscrew required Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2009, 11:45:17 PM »

I have a "routine" to follow that has developed over the years. And here it is:
eat pasta the night before
find the ballroom--find on deck area and look at the ballroom
do not go into the ballroom the night before you dance
   1. it saps your energy
   2. if it is a lower level than what you dance, it is a poor visual for you to go to sleep with
put all of your clothes out--pressed dress, stockings, shoes
have your "ballroom bag" set (the only thing missing is the spare make-up)
   3. stretch--and take a hot bath

In the morning
find a way to quiet your mind---your work is done--it will be what it is
eat protein and a good breakfast
call your coach/mom to just check in
have hair and make-up done at least 1 1/2  -  2 hours before you are to be in the ballroom
warm your legs and body up
turn your cell phone off.
go to the ballroom WITH DP--if possible--it makes a connection before you get to the ballroom

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« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2009, 01:04:07 AM »

Thanks Skipper very sound advice....Strange about the pasta, I have come form a cycling family and pasta was always on the menu before a big event....interesting to see that it applies across this sport also....
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2009, 10:42:22 AM »

I have a "comp" make-up case with all the comp stuff in it: eyelashes, nails, aspirin, etc. that I just throw into the suitcase.  It makes packing easier!
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2009, 04:55:47 PM »


do not go into the ballroom the night before you dance


Interesting.  I find that sneaking in to the ballroom the night before helps focus my mind for the next day.  Plus, I find out if there are going to be any problems with the floor.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2009, 05:15:04 AM »

yes I would want to look at the floor also..the next comp we are going to I heard that the floor is smaller and a odd shape...so it will be interesting to see how it looks, I can prepare my mentally to the change.

Not sure if it will make me dance  more confidently
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2009, 02:21:46 AM »

I have a "routine" to follow that has developed over the years. And here it is:
eat pasta the night before
find the ballroom--find on deck area and look at the ballroom
do not go into the ballroom the night before you dance
   1. it saps your energy
   2. if it is a lower level than what you dance, it is a poor visual for you to go to sleep with
put all of your clothes out--pressed dress, stockings, shoes
have your "ballroom bag" set (the only thing missing is the spare make-up)
   3. stretch--and take a hot bath

In the morning
find a way to quiet your mind---your work is done--it will be what it is
eat protein and a good breakfast
call your coach/mom to just check in
have hair and make-up done at least 1 1/2  -  2 hours before you are to be in the ballroom
warm your legs and body up
turn your cell phone off.
go to the ballroom WITH DP--if possible--it makes a connection before you get to the ballroom



thats terrific.  we should have a FAQ area and a collation of the advice on this topic (nice one QPO) would be a good addition.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2009, 02:25:06 AM »

I have a 'comp-kit'.  It has my makeup, jewelry hair spray, decoration etc.  All in one large bag - if necessary I have duplicated makeup items so that it is complete and i don't have to scramble.  The idea is to minimize the things you need to think about when you have time (that is not near a competition)

Local comps I do my makeup at home but stick the kit in the car for possible fixups. 
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2009, 05:29:25 AM »

I have a "routine" to follow that has developed over the years. And here it is:
eat pasta the night before
find the ballroom--find on deck area and look at the ballroom
do not go into the ballroom the night before you dance
   1. it saps your energy
   2. if it is a lower level than what you dance, it is a poor visual for you to go to sleep with
put all of your clothes out--pressed dress, stockings, shoes
have your "ballroom bag" set (the only thing missing is the spare make-up)
   3. stretch--and take a hot bath

In the morning
find a way to quiet your mind---your work is done--it will be what it is
eat protein and a good breakfast
call your coach/mom to just check in
have hair and make-up done at least 1 1/2  -  2 hours before you are to be in the ballroom
warm your legs and body up
turn your cell phone off.
go to the ballroom WITH DP--if possible--it makes a connection before you get to the ballroom



thats terrific.  we should have a FAQ area and a collation of the advice on this topic (nice one QPO) would be a good addition.

I will keep an eye on the thread and then put all the suggestions together on FAQ
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2009, 09:44:53 AM »

I NEED this thread. But will probly go RUNNING straight for my coach/mom. I am starting to get a bit scared.

Having dress made as we speak. (go for fitting tomorrow night) And lessons have all been about entering and getting into position on the dance floor. But I KNOW I will need something (maybe a shot or two) before comp.

ok off to other thread to explain stuff...

anyway all ideas appreciated!
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2009, 02:46:03 PM »

One other thing I thought of: Always take inventory of your laundry situation a few days before you have to depart.  That way, if you have to send anything to the cleaners, you have time. 

And: The main thing that guys usually forget (if they dance standard/smooth) is cuff links and studs.  I've had the experience of having to run out and hunt down a set of studs an hour before my first heat.   Roll Eyes

EDIT: one other thing to remember: collar stays.
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