This was an awesome Facebook post written by Blaine Etsy, owner of Momentum Vertical Dance. We love these ideas!
To lose means only one or more of the following 3 things:
1) You broke a rule (f*cking awesome, stick it to the man with your gluteal folds and accidental truss-brushes)
2) You offended the judges finer tastes, or did something too weird for them to 'get it' (art doesn't need to be liked or understood for it to be art)
3) You were dancing with people who were better than you (which has nothing to do with how good *you* are, just how good *they* are).
I'd rather be surrounded by people better than me. People i can learn from. It doesn't make me a bad dancer to know full well that I'm not the best dancer. I'd rather have no where to go but up. I'd rather be inspired. I'd rather put something out there I'm proud of - maybe its an obscure song that isn't the best for competing, maybe its a raw movement that isn't the cleanest but came from your instincts. But it's not calculated, it's not playing-it-safe, it's not kissing the judges ass, it's not for the external validation or personal glory or bragging rights. It's for ME.
Removing the fear of losing made me a much happier competitor…
Read her full, original post here.
Watch her Exotic Level 5 routine from 2018 PSO Northeast here.
Thanks for sharing, Blaine!