Re: how much do competitions cost? Posted by Anonymous 2/10/2007 11:42:00 AM
The way to cut down on competition costs is compete near your home base and have the pro dance with many other dancers to help share your expenses.
Studio packages and going to a competition solo with your instructor is for the folks with money to burn. Independent honest teachers are your best bet with a stable of other dancers sharing your costs. If you compete in Miami or the Ohio Star Ball it's going to be expensive. Even amateur dancing at a high level can be very expensive since you will need more high quality expensive lessons to compete--unless you are just doing it for fun. The entry fees are cheap for amateurs, but travel and costumes can get expensive quickly. It is best to just set an annual budget for your dancing, do the best you can and don't even think about taking out a 2nd mortgage on you house or using credit cards for dance lesson money.
There is a wealth of information in the forum section about this topic.