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« on: May 17, 2009, 12:01:23 PM »

Carrying over a quote from the "Your first competition" thread...

i was a singer before i started to dance. so i was never nervous in front of the people. ...

well I thought I would not be nervous since I am very used to talking to large audiences - didn't do anything for my confidence at all.
Perhaps the difference is the 'performance' aspect?

I don't know; I was used to the performance aspect from playing in a band in front of audiences, but dancing in front of an audience was still different.  I think it's got to do with how confident you feel about the skills you're about to display.
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2009, 05:14:14 PM »

I'm not so nervous at my 'normal' comps, but bring on the big interstate one and I was shaking like a leaf. All throughout my first two waltzes I was shaking uncontrollably. It got better as the day went on but I think I'll be the same next year.
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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2009, 11:11:22 PM »

Alcohol!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2009, 01:24:31 AM »

Relaxing. The less you're in a "OMG I'm at a comp" mindset, the easier it is.

Also, it helps if you enjoy having people watch you.
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« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2009, 01:42:09 AM »

Alcohol!  Grin

Lioness is underage..we do not encourage underage drinking!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2009, 01:44:38 AM »

I am not a shy person and when we are out dancing soical I dont care if people watch and I dont get nervous but I think when I know I am being jduged. the fear of failure takes over..not sure why that is...

I found it even harder when we had a long wait betweeen dances, if they are reasonaablly one after the other it is much better for me.
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« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2009, 08:23:04 AM »

Alcohol!  Grin

Lioness is underage..we do not encourage underage drinking!  Roll Eyes

Or drinking and dancing, for that matter...
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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2009, 08:23:56 AM »

Or drinking and dancing, for that matter...

Drinking and dancing is great fun! I higly recommend you try it....when you turn 18.  Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2009, 08:35:23 AM »

I have not really had that much to drink at a dance. we only generally take a bubbly water with us. Alcohol effects me very quickly and I don't like the feeling..
I must take a look next time to see how many do so at a comp.
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2009, 08:36:32 AM »

Once I did rounds of quickstep after 6-pack of beer.  Shocked
It was nothing but FUN!!! Grin
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2009, 08:36:59 AM »

Oh...that wasn't at a comp. Coach would kill me if I did...hehe
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2009, 09:16:20 AM »

Once I did rounds of quickstep after 6-pack of beer.  Shocked
It was nothing but FUN!!! Grin

I think I will give that one a miss.....I could never drink 6 beers
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2009, 09:16:58 AM »

Oh...that wasn't at a comp. Coach would kill me if I did...hehe

I am glad there are some boundaries..... Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2009, 10:05:23 AM »

no I do not get nervous ... I like turning it on .... and well I keep the drinking to a min. (but have been known to have a few time and again, and well it just ups the anty so to speak and my "funness" level. hahaa)
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« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2009, 04:17:39 PM »

I've competed in front of people all my life and I like getting out there so it doesn't bother me as I like the challenge.  I think the main change was in riding.  I'm out there on my own but if I got nervous my horse did too so I had to learn to just vege out and go with it.  I've never gotten the "butterfly thing" in years now.  I would say I might get anxious once in awhile in standard to get it going but that is not always the case either, it depends on if I have an idea what my partner is going to do or not.  Basically I think it's too much effort for me to get worked up.
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