Magazine article Dance Spirit

Expert Advice

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Expert Advice

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TROPHY OVERFLOW

As a former competitive dancer, I have more than 300 trophies. Now that I'm moving out of my parent's home, is there an organization I can donate them to?

-Stacie Cooley

Local elementary schools or park districts may be interested in recycling trophies for use in children's sports leagues or academic incentive programs. Community organizations-like the Boys and Girls Club or Rotary Club-often accept trophies to use in nonprofit events; for example, the District of Columbia Urban Debate League takes donations from all over the country (for more info, dcdebate.org). Regional kennel clubs often seek trophy donations for dog shows as well. Search online or look in the yellow pages for listings of these types of organizations.

Before donating a trophy, remove the engraved metal plate with a screwdriver. In addition, look out for this trend: dance competitions that offer winners the option to donate the cost of their trophy to charity.

-Dance Spirit editors

CONFIDENCE BOOSTERS

I'm a beginning dancer and my teacher tells me I could show everyone up if I just broke out of my shell. How can I build my confidence?

-Kristen Clinton

Instead of concentrating on "showing everyone up," focus on enjoying yourself and your training. A great way to boost confidence and be more comfortable dancing in front of others is to simply dance more. Increase the number of classes you take, and keep your mind open to other opportunities for young dancers, like conventions and workshops. …

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