How to overcome the tests of joy and dance!

When was the last time you tried out for a team and failed? Did you leave that day feeling disappointed wondering where you failed? Or did you leave thinking that you just didn’t have what it takes? Either way, you’re in luck. There is a real way to beat tests that a lot of people don’t know about. However, before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s start with the basics.

In this article we are going to talk about the natural break. There are actually three categories of test scores. These are the top-level scores (basically, the participants who have been part of the team), the lower-level scores (the participants who are eliminated in the first round) and, finally, the natural break scores (participants who are between the highest and lowest scores). Basically, we can call the participants in the category of natural rupture the maybes. Why do we say that; because they are about to join the team.

So what does all of this mean to you? Depending on what stage of the test you got to, you can tell where you sat. If they let you go in the first round of testing (lower scores); You are at a stage where you need to strengthen your skills. From this stage on, you really need to shoot to get into the natural break to a minimum. Don’t worry, you can get ahead of the curve if you want. Try writing down the skills you were asked to perform and go to a local gym or studio to work on these skills. Or as a cheaper alternative, you can always try to find a friend who will also teach you. Either way, you need to work on your skills and get into that natural rest.

For those of you in the natural rest category (or later rounds in testing), you are in the most competitive spot. You are literally fighting for a place that ten or more participants are also fighting for. What this means to you is that you need to find a way to beat the competition. And how to do that couldn’t be simpler. Earn more points than your competition. Participants who are successful in the natural break can literally do it for one point.

So how do you get those extra points? That is always the million dollar question; however, the answer is simpler than you thought. But, to show you how easy it really is, let me ask you a question. What area of ​​testing did you focus the most on? In the case of cheerleaders, their approach generally falls into a few categories: stunting, falling, or joy. But nine times out of ten, most cheerleaders fall victim to focusing too much on stunting. As for dancers, they again fall into some of the same problems as cheerleaders, be it choreography or a certain skill set.

What we are happening is one of the most common misconceptions in testing. Most test participants believe that judges are more concerned with one aspect of testing than with all areas taken together. Unfortunately, this is not true. While certain areas of the tests may contain more points than others, that does not rule out all other points. The problem starts when you see the actual score sheets behind the assessment. Stunting, choreography, skills, twists, playfulness, etc. usually only make up a small part of the overall score. Sometimes these only make up 30 percent or less of the overall score.

You have now forgotten about 70 percent of your test. And I’m sure many of you thought, I’m good at the other parts, so why not focus on the main areas? What it has done is eliminate the possibility of extra points in all categories. Remember, we said that natural break winners can literally win by one point. Well, if you had focused on a full points battle, you would have been the winner.

What you need to do is maximize your points across the board. Really focus on getting every point out of what stands out. Don’t leave anything on the table. In the areas where you are weak, get as many points as you can. Sometimes this means leaving the higher skills alone and performing the skills you can do at their highest level. A drop or bubble at a higher skill level can reduce points much worse than leading with a lower skill.

Follow the above and your next test could be the one you were looking for.

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