Before was ever dance competition, dance was art. And the very best competitors are those who get the art part.
Yes, nail the triple pirouette, perfect the splits, and rehearse-rehearse-rehearse 'til every move is precisely perfect.
BUT... if you are not inspired and you do not inspire, you will fall short. You absolutely must put your heart and soul into every performance (that means rehearsals too). That means expressing emotion with your face, imagining that you really are the character of your dance, and letting the music touch your spirit.
Soooooo.... if it is a solo piece we are talking about, pick music that truly inspires you. Here are some of our current top picks from old and new, pop, Broadway and country...
Power (feat. Stormzy) by Little Mix
Will You Love Me Tomorrow, from Beautiful, The Carole King Musical
(There's a slow version and a fast version on the album...for a solo, I like the slow one.)
Up on the Roof, also from Beautiful
Sweet Creature, Harry Styles
Dancing in the Streets, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas from the album Motown the Musical
Don't Cry for Me Argentina, Madonna, from Evita
Live and Let Die, instrumental version by Escala
Backwoods Barbie, Dolly Parton
The Heart Wants What it Wants, Selena Gomez
You're the Top, from Anything Goes (2011 Broadway Cast Recording)
Big Girls Don't Cry, The Four Seasons