7 Reasons to come to a Country Dance event (even if you don’t compete)

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 1. Social Dancing

There are plenty of opportunities, day or night, for social dancing at UCWDC events. It’s a wonderful opportunity for you to practice a bunch of different styles, like: Two Step, Nightclub Two Step, West Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha-Cha, etc. Social dancing gives non-competitors and competitors alike the opportunity to dance with friends and strangers from all over the world. It is an amazing feeling to practice lead and follow to great music! Another perk is that you don't need a partner. There are plenty of dancers at all ages and ability levels to dance with all night long. 

2.  Fun and relaxed environment

Attendees of country comps are very supportive of each other, both on and off the dance floor. That’s because UCWDC events are less cliquey than other competition circuits. You will find people of all ages, shapes, sizes, and ability levels who are dancing, talking, and hanging out together. The dress code for country events is relaxed, with the emphasis on comfort. Jeans and a t-shirt are typically considered appropriate attire.

3.  Pro shows are funny and entertaining.

The Masters’ solo medleys are usually themed to be comical and entertaining. These routines are even more impressive and memorable because they feature comical storylines and funny costuming. The pros not only want to showcase their dance skills, but also their personalities. Audiences are fully engaged, enjoying the fun and laughter throughout the evening.  There are also contests running throughout the day, with dancers of all categories, ages, and skill levels.  There’s a wide variety of people and dancing to watch, learn from, and get inspired by. 

4. Workshops

UCWDC events offer workshops that are included in the price of the weekend pass, or you can pay a-la-cart for the workshops of your choice. These workshops are offered at many different levels and a wide variety of dance styles. They are usually taught all day long by the top competitors and judges. They feature the most current information, as well as trendy, up-to-date patterns and stylings. You don't need a partner to attend a workshop.  Instructors will rotate the attendees during class, so you’ll get a chance to dance with everyone. 

5. Line Dancing

You don't need a partner to enjoy line dancing. Many UCWDC events have specific dance floors or rooms dedicated to line dance, where you can showcase your solo talents! You can easily learn the dances on the spot by following the rest of the group. Or, you can practice the line dances you already know without having to deal with partner drama.

6. Country Music

If you’re a country music fan, UCWDC events will be a blast! They have great DJ's from throughout the USA, playing country tunes during the competitions, social dances, and dinner shows. They also throw in some non-country and pop music too.

7.  Make a vacation out of it!

A country comp is a great get-away from the drudgery of everyday life.  Expand your trip beyond the competition.  Most comps are in great tourist areas, so plan to visit something that is special to that destination. Enjoy your time at the comp and make new friendships and everlasting memories! 

About the author:
Devorah Kastner is a contributing writer for CountryDancePros.com. She has been a professional dance instructor for the past 15 years. Based out of Arizona, she teaches group classes and private lessons in all styles of partner dance. She has built a successful Pro-am business and enjoys sharing her  experience and knowledge to help others get started!

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