Here's a few thoughts, and some vague explanations of them:
Who teaches y'all to do your invite like that?
Just stand up and get there. There's a lot of shenanigans that happen before you get into frame.
Does no one read the rule book?
heavy sigh No.
You are cute.
Really, all of you are.
It is super interesting how people have a stronger style. And sometimes a stronger style that you wouldn't expect.
I like the tall, lanky ones who look born for Standard and then totally rock a Salsa.
While the ballroom wives like working with their husbands, we are often willing them to stop goofing around and/or move faster by burning holes in their faces with our eyes.
And by often, I mean, always.
Not doing anything wrong is so boring.
While aiming for perfection is admirable, since it's not going to happen, just have fun and do whatever you're doing THE MOST and that's way more interesting to watch.
There's a thing called an ankle joint.
And quite a few other joints below your waist. It'll help your dancing if you get to know how those work.
Just because you cover a large distance does not mean you're dancing well.
More distance is not equal to more quality, in fact, often the reverse.
Dancing is fun.
Like 75% of the time, at least.
If you put a really pretty dress on, you should do do your makeup. And your hair. Like, enough to complement your dress.
Don't let those rhinestones outshine your pretty face. Or if you don't want to do hair and makeup, maybe you should go the bling-less route. No shame, no shame.
Be gracious to your partner of a lesser proficiency. Always. The judges and audience can tell when you're pissed. And it's gross.
Newer pros sometimes do this and mixed proficiency partners, too. Your grimace and eye rolling is not cool. Stop it.
The judges look so snooty because they're trying to help you dance better.
Often, they're vicariously fixing their posture for your sake.
I'm sure this is part one in a series.