Sometimes Dance Competitions and Conventions are really intimidating and scary, especially if you are new to dance, or are the only one from your studio attending. Sometimes other students seem like they are not very nice and/or welcoming…maybe they are just as nervous as you are!
The way I like to make new friends is super simple. First of all, I choose a place to stand and take class where I can clearly see the instructor. Sometimes this means I stand in the front because I am pretty small for my age. When I choose my place to stand and take class, I am courteous and polite to others around me. If the instructor is not already giving instruction, I try to introduce myself to at least two people near me. I just say, “hi, my name is Phoebe…what’s your name?” Most of the time people tell me their name right away and then we become friends. When the instructor tells us to choose a partner, I always try to choose someone I have not ever met…or maybe my brand new friend. I make sure I cheer for them and give high fives along the way.
When the convention/ competition is finished, I try to keep in touch with them, even if they live far away. I have made some really amazing friends from all around the United States and other countries too, like Australia. We follow each other on social media and always give compliments and encouragement.
My mom always tells us that dance is so much bigger than us or our studio, and it’s important to make friends everywhere because who knows, we all may end up dancing together one day. That sure would be fun!