What makes a performance stand out for you?
When a performer has freed themselves from the concentration of what comes next and allows themselves to perform the movement – emotionally and physically connecting themselves to the words and accompaniment.
What takes a group performance to the next level for you?
I love seeing a unified ensemble telling a story, when all performers have collectively brought their unique abilities forward and take a choreographers vision to it’s full potential.
What qualities do you specifically look for in performances?
Are there any special tips you would give to first time contestants?
Practice your dance so much that it becomes routine and you can allow yourself to show the joy of your performance. Remember, we all get nervous before performances, this is ok! It means you care. The trick is to use that nervousness as an asset and to channel it into excitement for your performance.
What are you looking for specifically in duo/trio/group routines?
As a choreographer myself, I immediately wonder about the special relationship that brought the 2 or 3 together behind the scenes. Was it the choreographer that chose to have them together or is it a special friendship – how does that translate to their piece and their performance.
What should every dancer be thinking or remember every time they’re performing?
Every single person, even your competitors, desperately want you to succeed. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a person succeed. As adjudicators, we want you to be great, not point out your faults. As competitors, we want to gauge ourselves alongside a talented peer group and be associated with high caliber. As audience members, we want to be entertained – and when you are enjoying yourself on stage, we are enjoying you. Everyone wants your success and nothing more.
A huge thank you to the entire Shine Festival Team for your endless enthusiasm, passion, and kindness. You represent what dance festivals should be all about.
The atmosphere is incredible, the staff is so friendly & helpful, it’s just a great experience every time!
As a parent, I enjoyed every moment!!
Shine SHINES! Thank you to an amazing team: organized, professional, warm, holistic. One has to experience Shine to believe it.
Thank you for all you do for the dance community. Shine… We love you.
-Debbie, Studio Owner
Your MC was out of this world!! He made each and every child feel special regardless of the “medal” they received… the judging was fantastic honest, open and great feedback!
Thanks we had a blast! The kids were saying how fun shine is…. The most fun they have ever had at a festival.
-Lisa, Studio Owner
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