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How to get started in dance competition

Kidsday reporter Jackie Bousquet Smith in her dance

Kidsday reporter Jackie Bousquet Smith in her dance competition class. Photo Credit: Bousquet Smith family

Hello, I am a dancer for the DSD (Don’t Stop Dancin’) competition team in Huntington Station. Ever since I was 8 this was my goal.

You would probably think it would be scary to go up on a stage and dance in front of people you’ve never met. I think this was the best thing I’ve ever done. You meet really nice people that you will know for a lifetime.

How do you get into dance competition, you say? Well, first you should take a class for a year to see if you even enjoy it. If you turn out liking dance and you believe you can make it on the competition team, then you try out for it. It is OK if you don’t make the team. It just means you never give up and keep practicing.

Getting ready for a competition is hard work. Putting on your shoes when your mom is accidentally stabbing bobby pins into your head — trust me, it hurts! You also need to wear lots of makeup: fake eyelashes, eyeliner, lipstick, foundation, etc. Then you have your costume and shoes. They are the most important because they show the judges what style of dance you’re doing. The four styles I do are tap, hip-hop, musical theater and contemporary.

I think we need more dancers in the world, so try out for a team!

Barbara Wright’s fifth-grade class, Birchwood Intermediate School, Huntington Station

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