Miguel de Sousa

Professional Dance Instructor

Miguel de Sousa

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Starlite Ballroom (San Jose)

with Michelle Crozier

  • Thursdays:
    • Beg. Lesson: 7:00p - 7:45p
    • Int. Lesson: 8:00p - 8:45p
    • Dance Party: 9:00p - 10:00p
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#Winning

Don't be fooled by the title. It's not going to be about how to win at JnJs and Strictlies. Heck, I don't know what that formula is, nor do I want to know it because it probably involves not being authentic and catering to the views and opinions of judges. Which brings me to this: Too often I see dancers, of all levels, simply gutted for not having made finals....or the next round of contests. Gutted to the point that they are no longer civil to other people, they're depressed, crying, getting wasted, and pretty much the whole weekend is ruined. Hate to say it, but I used to be one of those dancers. I went as far as throwing out an award for placement at a very prestigious event because I felt that I had deserved a better placement. Boy, that award was very aerodynamic! ;). Another question to ask is why are these events/contests so important to us that we feel the need to always come out on top and win? One possibility could be that it's a stature game. Meaning that only when we make the finals and top 5 "elite" crowd, will we be noticed and talked to or about. Is it because no one remembers or even cares to remember who else danced and tried? Is it because ...read more...