Why ballroom studios encourage student spotlights.
First off, spotlights are a great way to get comfortable dancing in front of people. Since these are short demonstrations of what the student has been working on, and occur in studio, there is not as much pressure on the dancer as there would be at a showcase or competition. Plus the student is surrounded by familiar faces and support. These occasional spotlights are small wins that a student can put under his or her belt. After doing a few spotlights, students are sure to feel ready for a bigger challenge such as a showcase.
Secondly, it is always important to set constant achievable goals in order to progress and see results in one’s dancing. Having a clear goal in mind is essential for both students and teachers alike, and working towards that goal is what guarantees improvement and success. As the cliche goes, “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”. When you are working with a deadline, you are less likely to miss practice and more likely to put in extra effort. Also, when you are preparing for a demonstration, it is similar to studying for a test, in which case you memorize the steps and put the technique to practice at a much higher rate.
Finally, if the student performs and competes, spotlights are a must because these are great opportunities to practice and test drive the routine before an upcoming show or competition.
In addition, engaging in monthly spotlights creates a fun atmosphere at the studio and encourages other students to participate. This type of events is what creates a friendly dance community. Come to Starz Ballroom Cleveland to experience our monthly student spotlights!