Cost of dance competitions – Questions and Answers

Hello – I have always dreamed of competing in ballroom dance – and have started lessons a few months ago. I am currently at bronze level. My dance teacher has told me about a local competition coming up – and even though my goal has been to compete, I had absolutely NO idea what competitive ballroom dancing entailed. He said it would be a pro-am type of competition (which I prefer), however, can anyone please tell me what the average cost of dance competitions for a student who wants to compete in a pro-am competition? Thanks…

cost of dance competitionsOk- There are different costs associated with entering a ballroom dance competition. First is the fee usually per entry, for the dances you wish to compete in. Obviously, the more entries you dance, the more expensive it is.

Second is the cost of hotel/meals. Since you are going to be in a hotel for the competition, you might have to eat there.

Third, all teachers charge the students a fee for competing with them, and/or split their expenses among all of the students they are taking to the competition. Lastly will be the cost of dress, shoes, dance lessons, tanning, hair and makeup.. etc.

Cost of dance competitions – I’m going to give you an “averaged” costs.
1) Costs per competition – every “comp” is different depending on the organizers. The average fee per dance ranges from $30 to $60. For example, a local competition might charge just $30 per dance while a regional or National event might cost $60.

2) Many give a discount per entry fee if you buy a “package”

3) A package can be a combination of “hotel room, admission fee to your dancing session e.g., morning or evening”, evening show ticket, meals…so you would have to see if the cost of a Package is better for you than paying for everything separately.

4) You will also pay for your “pro” hotel room, his admission ticket, his meals, his travel time, parking for his car…anything that the pro needs for the dance competition!

5) Some dance studios also charge a studio fee…your going to pay the “studio” a fee for competing with the “pro” as they deem it “time away” that they could be earning $$$ in his absence. Because most teachers teach an average of 6 to 12 lessons per day, the studio owner charges a fee for taking the teacher away as he/she will not be able to teach for the studio while at the dance competition with a student.

6) Hair – your hair will have to be up-do and off your shoulders. I suggest you get an appointment with the competition hair vendor to have your hair professionally done.

7) Make-up – same thing as hair. Unless you know how to do your own stage make-up

8)  Any accessories you are going to purchase to accent your hair

9) Ballroom competition costumes (rental or purchased). You can find quality second hand costumes at discounted prices!

10) Dance Shoes – do not go onto the comp floor with dirty used shoes.

11) Will your “pro” charge his fee per day or will it be per dance…

12) Will your “pro” charge a “recall” fee per dance or entry if you dance scholarship and your recalled back to the floor to dance again, in addition to the fee per entry that the organizer will charge.
These are things you need to find out from your “pro” before you decide that it’s worth it to you.
These questions are best answered by your teacher. Just remember you will pay all his costs and his charges to dance with him/her – unless other students are also dancing, then his cost(s) other than the entry per dance fee – should be split amongst the competing students.

Overall, the cost of dance competitions varies from $50 to $150 per dance. For example, a student may pay $2000 to dance just 20 dances or $4000 for 40 dance with an experienced instructor.

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