The Benefits of Competition - Sportsmanship

Nearly everyone is familiar with the Golden Rule, the principle of treating others the same way you want to be treated. At Tonawanda Dance Arts, we believe that good sportsmanship for our competition team dancers begins first and foremost with this principle. But it doesn’t stop there! Our team students are learning to expand upon good sportsmanship both at the studio and at competitions as part of the Tonawanda Dance Arts culture. Tapping into this deeper degree of humanity means that our students are developing their empathy and their integrity, qualities that will continue to serve them no matter what direction life leads. These are the five guidelines we use as our compass for establi

The Benefits of Competition - Resilience

When it comes to resilience, the dictionary defines it in two ways: 1) the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. 2) the ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy. At Tonawanda Dance Arts, we explain resilience as a combination of both definitions. We like to think of it as the ability of a dancer to bounce back after being faced with a challenge, experiencing an unexpected outcome, going through a difficult time, or being stretched past where they thought they could reach. For our competition team dancers, developing resilience isn’t just a perk; it’s a necessity.

The Benefits of Competition - Commitment

Making a commitment and sticking to it is a lesson that seems pretty easy to learn, but isn’t always so. It can be a challenge—especially for young dancers—to navigate a big responsibility like that! One of the most valuable life lessons our competition team dancers learn at Tonawanda Dance Arts is following through on their commitments. From the start, joining the competition team isn’t something a dancer does on a whim. There are auditions to prepare for and schedules to align. There are team policies to consider and extra expenses to budget. In fact, at Tonawanda Dance Arts, we understand that participation isn’t a choice made only by the dancer; it’s a family decision. We know that o

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