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neubauje  asked:

Okay, I'll bite, what fat characters do you have? Sorry if there's a really obvious answer I'm not familiar with (from missing out on some of your series) but I'm not the only one wondering!

I’m…not sure what you’re biting, here?  You asked me a yes or no question.  I gave you a yes or no answer.  I’ve said before, multiple times, that while I like interacting with people and I don’t mind answering questions, I actually do mind being asked to make lists of my characters who fit category A or B.  It feels like a quiz that I don’t have the rules for and can’t possibly pass.

And how are you defining “fat”?  I know people who say anyone size 10 or over is fat, and if that’s where you’re drawing the line, I actually can’t tell you.  With the exception of Verity (competitive Latin dancer), Polychrome (dealing with a lot of disordered eating), and Fern (sylph), I usually assume even my “skinny” characters are around a size 10.  All the dragon princesses in InCryptid are fat, with the smallest of them being in the 12-14 range, most being 14-18, and the rest going steadily upward from there, all while being described as a species of supermodels.  Istas is fat.  Olivia (in Newsflesh) is based on my RL girlfriend, and is fat.

Here are the illustrations from the next Wayward Children book.  Note the silhouettes:

http://www.tor.com/2016/11/30/illustrated-scenes-from-seanan-mcguires-down-among-the-sticks-and-bones/

So yeah.  I have fat characters, some you’ve met and some you haven’t, but this sort of wide-ranging “make me a spreadsheet” question will generally confuse me and put my back up, because I can’t meet expectations I don’t know and didn’t agree to.

i know everyone loves PTA Sans but imagine:

PTA Gaster.

Gaster helping Frisk with their science project by giving it actual lava. why would a potato battery need lava? science!

pranking obnoxious kids by appearing in mirrors

making all the other food at the bake sale go stale or rot, aside from Muffet’s spider pastries.

the science room skeleton keeps getting dressed up.

all of the competition for best dancers mysteriously end up having their legs broken aside from Frisk and the really bad dancers

leaving conveniently placed snacks around for Frisk

whenever a bully steals Frisk’s lunch, they mysteriously disappear for about three seconds before reappearing in a different place muttering “beware the man who speaks in hands” and other nonsense, with bloodshot eyes, clammy skin, bags under their eyes, and have aged twenty years.

Ellen being a jerk to everyone and showboating how great she is? that night she dreams of skeleton hands with holes in them tearing her apart and putting her back together, over and over again.

What made the biggest difference when preparing for your Oireachtas?

**LONG POST COMING but this is a very honest recount of my Oireachtas prep and competition day**

Two words: FOCUS and VISUALIZATION.

It all started in Orlando when I didn’t land the recall I had hoped for - it stung. Despite all my efforts in the gym and studio, it wasn’t enough to make it to the final round. That being said, my sister had a much better outcome in Orlando by landing a recall at her first nationals and her second competition as an Open dancer - an achievement that deserves high praise. I was thrilled for her, despite feeling vexed about my own results. 

That’s when everything changed.

The minute I landed on home soil, I began training for the Oireachtas. I’ll be the first to admit that my track record at our Oireachtas has never been great. My placement over the last few years was always near the bottom and I swore to myself that I wouldn’t allow it to happen again this year.

My god, I was going to do whatever it took to get that recall.

I did everything I could think of to better my chances of achieving my goal. My stamina was always my biggest porblem and I decided to take my mom’s advice and start doing wind sprints. I sprinted 2-3 times a week between studio classes and skipped between my laps. I wanted to puke my guts out at the end of each training session, but I knew it would be worth it. I followed these sprints with a gym workout to build up my strength despite my exhaustion from cardio.

I worked my butt of in the studio - leaving drenched in sweat. I reworked the weaker parts of my TJ and set dance to make sure they were perfect.

I fought through the bruised toes, blisters and aching feet. I fought through the shinsplints that made a vicious comeback after years of no pain. I fought through the exhaustion my muscles felt and remembered that it would all be worth it.

I grimaced and gritted my teeth through the deep tissue leg massages at my sister’s physio clinic. I doused my legs in Lakota Extra Strength or Voltaren, and wrapped my shins in tensors each practice. 

“All of this will be worth it the minute you hear your number recalled. It’ll be worth it if you have a shot at Worlds,” I would tell myself.

What was once months before the Oireachtas became weeks, and soon we were only a week away from competing.

The wind sprints had increased my lung capacity, stamina and short-term muscle recovery. My gym training had strengthened and toned my body into peak physical condition. My final deep tissue leg massage worked out the knots and exhaustion in my muscles, as well as temporarily relieved the pain from my shinsplints. I knew my dances like the back of my hand after months of preparation. I had perfected my visuals - I knew when to make eye contact with the judges and when to smile. I knew which foods I had to eat to supply my body with the energy it needed - gluten free and all.

As we drove down to Calgary, I visualized myself onstage for each round and where I needed to move for each step. I thought of when I had to focus on a judge - smiling, eye contact and all. Then I visualized myself being recalled and qualifying for Worlds. 

There was a possibility I could make it happen, but I needed to be 100% focused. I had to believe I could do it.

By Saturday afternoon, I had walked off the stage with two strong rounds. When they began announcing my group’s recalls, my sister held my hand anxiously after hearing her own number. Another dancer from our school, who is like a psuedo-sister, anxiously waited with us. When they called out my number, we joyfully cried out and hugged. After years of never recalling and placing in the bottom, my sister and I had recalled together in the Senior Ladies category.

That being said, I also knew that some of my own friends and fellow competitors didn’t get the recall they were hoping for. After strapping on my hardhoes, I went to each of them to congratulate them on a job well done. After seeing each of them, I quickly warmed up and ran through my set for its debut on stage. I said a quick “this is for you” to my grandfather, who was an avid supporter of our competitive career, and stepped onstage to do the Piper - a set chosen to honour his time in highland dancing.

My third round is a bit of a blur. I remember looking at my sister, mom and teacher for visual cues of what to do. They would tell me if I needed to lift higher, move more or smile. After that, it was like a curtain had fallen around me. I can only recall the blur of my surroundings as I danced and the sound of the music.

I finished my third round, thanked the musicians and made my way offstage. Once I passed out of the judges’ view, I relaxed and felt the full brunt of my bruised toes. It hurt to walk back to where my family and friends stood, but it was worth every bit of pain to have a strong final performance. No matter what happened, I was happy with what I put on that stage.

Fast forward to that evening, and we eagerly waited for our group’s results. While my teacher watched the awards from the side stage, I waited with my sister and my good friend Shannon. We filed on stage with our group, hand in hand, and waited as they began our group’s awards - the final group of the evening. 

As my sister and I held our breath, we listened as they called 12th and then 11th place. My sister and I, after always being in the bottom three, had placed in the top 10! Shortly after, my sister was announced as 10th place and she accepted her medal and NANs qualification certificate. Then 9th place was called.

That was when the announcer paused and waited for what we hoped was the big announcement. Seconds later, the remaining dancers and I were announced as the world qualifiers. Shannon was already bent over in tears and I remember sobbing into my hands when I realized I had done what I never thought I’d do - I was going to the Worlds. My sister had rushed back to hug me before they called my number out as 8th place. With tears streaming down my face, I accepted my medal, certificate and rose before taking my place.

If you can dream it and believe it, you can achieve it! 

I achieved not one, but two childhood dreams that night. I qualified for the Worlds and I will get to compete in Ireland before I retire in 2019. So if I can do it, so can you!

Set out your goals. Make a plan on how you will achieve those goals and set your plan into motion. I can promise you one thing, it’ll be worth it.

This is probably the bitchiest and least justifiable opinion I have with regards to competitive dance, but here it goes:

If you’ve already registered and competed with one competition (let’s say Jump) in the date that’s closest to your home or at least one nearby, I don’t think you should be able to just go to another one of the comp’s cities, especially if you’re going as an individual dancer and not as a whole team.

I was checking the Chicago Jump schedule for BW and was weirdly disappointed to see dancers from west coast studios like Club attending for solos. There are so many competition dates nearby but dancers are willing to spend all that money to go to another city and compete one more time to get “practice” (which I think is a BS justification, if you do half a dozen comps a year how will one more comp help you any more than just a stage rehearsal?) or, more accurately, for a chance to win.

It’s especially infuriating when I see West Coast U.S. dancers come all the way to Canada - I feel like they’re coming with the idea that Canada is easy to beat, and it’s frustrating because Canadian studios besides just CDC, Vlad’s and YYCDP exist but I feel like they’re not getting a chance to shine.

Comps, of course, won’t see a problem with it because more entries = more money, but these are the reasons I have a problem with it:

1) I think it perpetuates a really negative culture in competitive dance in which the dancers with the financial means get ahead. It then creates an expectation that in order to be a better dancer you HAVE to travel to other cities to compete your solo, thus making competitive dance seem even more expensive than t already is.

2) There’s the perceived inequity when it comes to nationals like TDA - it’s a common belief (one that I’m inclined to agree with) that for a lot of these judges, if they see a dancer more often and know them better, they’ll get better scores I think the reasoning behind this is not necessarily object favouritism, but rather when you see a dancer a dozen times a year you know what they can do regardless of what they show in their solo, or you’ll note something like improvement or stepping out of their comfort zone and essentially it becomes way harder to judge them only based on the two minutes you see on stage.

3) Most importantly and most plainly, I think the purpose of regional competitions should be to showcase what the best of the region has to offer! It’s difficult to get an idea of how good your studio is compared to its direct competition when you have studios and dancers from thousands of miles away added into the mix. They have their chances to win in their home competition, there’s no need to go beat someone from another state.

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anonymous asked:

Do you know of any famous people's kids who compete? Just curious because most competitive dancers come from wealthier families.! It would be interesting lol

i dont. i think if you get to  a certain level of fame it would be kinda of a hassle and really hard to have a kid in comp dance. of course they could get someone to drive them around. 

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