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LEVEL UP! DANCING YOUR WAY UP TO A SEMI-PRO SALSA DANCE TEAM

When I first started social dancing in the winter of 2017, joining a team wasn’t part of my plan. Instead, dancing was more of a hobby to spice up my monotonous life. My plans changed on Saturday, January 26, 2019, when I attended “Sabado de Rumba,” a social hosted by Rhythmology twice a month. Out of nowhere, Alfred asked me to attend team practice that upcoming Tuesday. Talk about short notice. Before I even responded, my mind screamed, “Hell yeah!” The universe delivered an opportunity that I couldn’t reject, and I’m proud to be part of an all-women dance team with six other talented dancers. I’m here to tell you that if I could make it on a dance team in less than a full year of dancing, so can you!

7 Simple Ways to Get on a Dance Team

Ask, and You Shall Receive. If you don’t knock, you’ll never know if someone will open that door. Asking is the easiest way to receive. If you’re interested in joining your studio’s dance team, speak to the team director about your intentions. The worst that can happen is a flat, “No,” but that doesn’t mean that you give up. Continue mastering your dancing skills and ask again until you hear a “Yes.” 

Audition for the Team. Most dance companies recruit new dance team members and hold auditions seasonally. Auditioning is your chance to shine and show them what you got. Therefore, don’t be afraid to try out the old-school way for a spot on the team and bring on the heat!

Act Like You’re the Prize. Confidence plays a role in claiming your spot on a team. Ask yourself why wouldn’t they want you on the team? You’re an asset and bring significant value. According to the law of attraction, things flow to you when you act as if you have it already. Therefore, don’t sell yourself short or doubt your ability to join a semi-professional team. You got this!

Invest in Private Classes. Last year, I took weekly private classes from January to July. Yes. If you do the math, that’s seven months of 1-1 practice sessions. During those seven months, I had the opportunity to improve my dancing skills with focus and determination. Private classes also allowed me to jump from Salsa Level 2 to Salsa Level 4. Therefore, I recommend that you put in the time and work to elevate your dance skills.

Go to Socials and Dance Events. Believe it or not, the instructors monitor your progress, even at socials! You might think that you’re invisible, but they’re watching. Socials are an excellent opportunity to stand out and show off your versatility. It might lead to an offer to join a dance team like in my situation.

Make Friends with People on the Team. The power of networking is real. Sometimes, who you know is the key to opening the door of opportunity. Therefore, if you’re friends with someone on the team, he or she can put in a word for you and help you get on the team. It’s also an excellent opportunity to see if the team is the right fit for you. 

Say Yes to the Showcase. Even if you’re not asked to be on the team, you can volunteer to dance at your studio’s student showcase. Rhythmology hosts two student showcases annually, and I had the opportunity of performing at the “Step It Up” Showcase last year. Participating in the show will prepare you for what it takes to be a performer. So go for it!

Life is about elevation and self-mastery. Dare to try something new or step outside of your box. Don’t be deterred because you feel like you’re not “team level” good. I was only in Salsa level 4 when I joined the team with less than a full year of experience. So you don’t have to be in Salsa Level 8 to join. Dancing on a team will challenge you mentally and physically, and you’ll share that unique journey with your dance mates. Therefore, I challenge you to level up!

 

 

Naldine

About Naldine

Naldine is a dancer for Rhythmology and enjoys sharing her journey to inspire people to step outside of their comfort zones. During her free time, you'll find her reading a new book. She also mentors college students, who aspire to pursue a career in law. If you see her in a Salsa or Bachata class, you can't miss her because she always wears her smile. So don't be a stranger and smile back!

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