9 reasons Country Comps are COOLER than Ballroom

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“9 Reasons Why Country Comps Are Cooler Than Ballroom Comps” 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 …

Preparing for your first competition (A guide for new students)

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“Things New Students Should Know to Prepare for a Competition” by Devorah Kastner Congrats, you’ve made the commitment to dance in your first Pro-am UCWDC competition! Now what? Here are a few things you should know to better prepare yourself for this exciting new endeavor. Country events are fun and casual. Bring comfortable clothes for social dancing. Pack a few …

Building a ProAm Business as a Female Pro

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(A guide for new female professionals) by Devorah Kastner- Professional Dance Instructor I have been a professional dance instructor for the past 15 years. Based out of Arizona, I teach group classes and private lessons in all styles of partner dance. One of the most fulfilling parts of the job is dancing in Pro-am competitions with my students. Building a …

Costs & Costumes for new competitors

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In this article we tackle COSTS & COSTUMES that you’ll need to consider if you are dancing Country ProAm for the first time! Competition fees ProAm fee breakdown ( This is a professional fee paid to your teacher to cover travel costs, hotel and dancing. There is a range of pricing as you can see below    Travel costs to consider Boys: …

Country Dance for Fitness

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Ever notice how people who make movement an important part of their lives tend to be happier, or more content? First and foremost, movement of any kind, tennis, basketball, running, biking, yoga, badminton and bowling all produce “feel better” endorphins that course through our bloodstreams long after we’ve stopped moving. Moving (a.k.a. exercise, a.k.a POLKA) is the cheapest feel better …

25 country dance terms you need to know

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The world championships held the first week of January every year. It’s what everyone is excited about! An overall placement in a division. It requires 5 dances (out of 8) and must include 2-Step, Waltz and one Swing (East or West) plus 2 of the 4 remaining dances. Country boots specifically made for dancing. They are quite comfortable to dance …

Why we compete (confessions of a dancer)

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Why We Compete – Confessions of a Country Dancer It may seem like a contradiction, someone seeking spiritual enlightenment spending time and money on competitive country dancing. In fact it might seem downright sacrilegious to believe in oneness, acceptance and non-judgment and then engage in anything as competitive as ballroom dancing where both looks and ability are the criteria for …

What are the 8 competitive Country Dances?

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WHAT ARE THE 8 COMPETITIVE COUNTRY DANCES? Here is a list of the eight competitive country dances along with my basic descriptions for each one. I’ve put them in the order they are danced in UCWDC competition for Pro-am, Pro-Pro, and Couples competition categories. Be sure to sign in with the floor coordinator at least a half-hour before your event. …