Dance Competition as Music Sampler


My youngest daughter is in her Nationals dance competition this week at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Ca. I’m an unabashed “dance dad” now. I rarely notice the legions of girls (and a few boys) running around in make-up and sparkles on any given competition day. I’m used to being stared down by an 8yr old in peacock feathers who is stressing out by a performance, or being told to find the lipstick (no not the red one, the MAGENTA ONE) in the makeup bag. I’ve discussed the benefits of various types of fake eyelashes. It just seems to be par for the course now.

One thing that is always interesting is how various dance groups will use music for their performances. 

Little dancers often dance to 60’s pop music, like early Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, or Little Richard. There seems to be an affinity for 5yr olds dancing to “These Boots Are Made For Walkin” by Nancy Sinatra. 

For middle school dancers, musicals seem to be the big draw. I’ve never seen the musical Chicago, but I’m pretty sure I could recite nearly all the musical numbers on first viewing.

The teen and adult dancers are often the most interesting to watch. Partly it has to do with their technical ability, but often the music accompaniment is so much more interesting. Often I’m barely watching a performance as I’m furiously trying to open Shazam before the dance ends. Earlier this week I watched a dance performed to “The People vs the School System”, which was both electric to watch and fascinating to hear.