Dorie Konno









What takes a group performance to the next level for you?

Teamwork! I love seeing all of the dancers fully committed to the routine. For groups, it’s important to go over your counts, spacing, and overall precision of movements for a really cohesive performance.

What makes a performance stand out for you?

Attention to detail. Confidence. Command of the stage. A routine that leaves the audience wanting more.

What qualities do you specifically look for in performances?

A routine that is rehearsed so well that you are able to let go of the steps and counts and you can just perform! It’s time for all of the hours you put into preparing for a performance to hold you up. Let your confidence shine bright, make the best of your time on stage, and grab the audience’s attention.

What tips would you give to first time contestants?

Take a few deep breaths before you step onto stage. Remember that the audience, including judges, are all rooting for you! Whether it’s your 1st or 100th time on stage, you should be nervous before a performance. It shows you care! Take that nervous energy and transform it into something positive.

What are you looking for in duo/trio/group routines?

For duos/trios, I want to see the reason you are dancing together. My favorite duos/trios are the ones that can’t be performed without the other dancers. Each dancer should bring their own personality to the stage. Interact with one another and don’t ignore the other dancer/s sharing the stage with you.

What should every dancer be thinking or remember every time they’re performing?

Performers should dance for themselves first. The audience needs to feel that you are loving every moment. Be thankful for the opportunity you’ve been given to take the stage. It’s not always easy to get on stage and try to achieve what you want but remember to stay proud of your accomplishments. The time, effort, & hard work you, your dance teachers, your family, & your friends put into this fulfilling art form doesn’t go unnoticed. Find a quote or mantra you can say to yourself. These are a couple of the many that have stayed with me throughout the years…hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard and…if it is to be, it is up to me.

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