Teresa wrote for Dance Parent 101 in 2021 about her experiences as a Parent of a competitive dancer in the US.
Teresa Nelson lives in Davenport, Iowa with her husband, Mark, and their 11 yr. old daughter, Sophia. She is also a mom to two older children, currently attending college. Teresa brings a unique perspective with her contribution to DanceParent101. Having served in the United States military and working as a registered nurse, she did not experience the world of dance until she became a parent. Because she did not grow up dancing or studying dance, she experienced firsthand how overwhelming being a parent of a dancer can be.
Sophia is now a competitive dancer who competes both regionally and nationally. The performance year is full of recitals, showcases, conventions, and competitions as well as The Holiday Spectacular and Nutcracker performance. From the moment Sophia was fitted with her first dance shoes to becoming a competitive dancer, Teresa has had to ask all the questions most of our dance parents want answers to as well.
Teresa is excited to share her experience and knowledge by writing from a dance parent’s perspective and by actively researching current and practical information for our readers. By embracing the opportunity to join DanceParent101 as a contributing writer, she hopes to make the journey from choosing a dance studio to becoming a competitive dancer or not, less stressful, and more memorable for all our readers.
Articles by Teresa
Sometimes, we just need a break from dance. Parents and dancers alike. Whatever the reason, be it circumstantial, physical, emotional, or even financial a break is almost inevitable at some point in a dancer’s journey.
Many dance schools offer their students the chance to participate in dance competitions. But a requirement at most studios to be on the dance competition or company team is to attend a tryout or audition for team selection.
Today many dance studios attend dance competitions either locally, by traveling around their state, or even nationally. To become a competitive dancer, dance teachers and studio owners generally invite hardworking students to audition to become a member of their studio competition team….
With only a few days left before the first big dance competition of the year, I found myself running around like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonder Land. My daughter, Sophia has her first performance on Friday night with several more performances through the weekend as well as the convention classes. Somehow, we always manage to get through it and still have our sanity. So, What Happens at a dance competition? The best way to share the experience is to describe it as it unfolds.
Our first dance competition was a complete disaster. I was completely unprepared, unorganized, and stressed to the gills. Over the years, after humbly asking opinions from other dance moms and finding out how to make things easier for myself, I have found a lot of products that every competition dancer and every competition parent must have.
Dance competitions are fun, exciting, and yes, expensive. As a seasoned dance mom, the thrill and pure joy of watching my dancer perform on stage, has always brought tears to my eyes. For me, it has been worth every penny. However, in hindsight, I wish I had known more about the costs involved.