Are competitions that much of a big deal anyway?
With different styles of the technique from each dancer, and each individual has their own artistry, a competition IS a very hard thing to judge.
As we all know, the standard set up for each competition---the competitor, the stage, and of course the judges. We may all think that it could be very subjective to decide who the winner is and who isn't. But keep in mind that not all those who compete are great dancers, and not all who don't compete are not great dancers.
In each competition, telling who "should" be the winner or not, that, I leave for you to decide.
I bet you're excited to know what competitions are there to get you and/or your kid more inspired by this year, so here's a list:
One of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world comes back to Hong Kong after 12 years. Happening on the August 3-12 with its semifinals held at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA) on August 9 and 10, and the finals on August 12 at the Hong Kong City Hall.
Another great competition giving a great opportunity for dancers to be able to work for the best companies in the world like the English National Ballet, The Mariinsky Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, and so much more.
Here is the perfect international competition for young aspiring dancers as this has a wider age range, from 7 years old to 26 years old.
In addition, SCDIBC also welcomes solos, duos/trios, ensembles, group dances and a pas de deux the more advanced group. With all these categories, making each dancer learn how to work not only on themselves but working as a team on and off stage.
Providing growth to the ballet education in Asia comes the Asian Ballet Competition (ABC). The ABC is also another competition that gives a meaningful experience to young dancers, even if not the professional category.
It's not yet too late to join!
Online registration is up and running until the 30th of June.
Representing Asia and providing opportunities for young dancers to showcase their talent and learn from experts locally and internationally, and other co-competitors and peers.
Coming this 13th to 17th of August for the final round at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA).
Promoting dance culture, and providing practice and experience for young dancers and professionals.
Not only is this competition open to different ages, but also different categories as well, including Classical Ballet, Jazz, Modern Ballet, Neo-Classical, Contemporary, Lyrical and even Hip-Hop.
Don't miss getting inspired as this will be happening on July 19-23, 2018 at the Y-Theater.
Meanwhile, however you see it a competition will always be a competition---in reality, it means that some win and some don't. But again, winning doesn't always mean you're that big of a star. A competition is also a great event to see inspiring dancers and be inspired and at the same time be an inspiration to others--all that talent, glamour, and passion put together in one piece and that's amazing enough.
A competition IS a performance. Like any other performance, you have fun on the stage and cherish each second of a one minute piece you have rehearsed for thirty days or more.
(Now get ready to cringe at this cliche... )
Always know, that as long as you enjoy your performance, do your best, keep your feet on the ground and obey your coach's instructions and guidance, you're already winner more than anyone else.
So best of luck to all competitors for this year!