Enter Your Site In Our Top Dance Blog Contest

Dance bloggers, are you ready to start the year with a bang?

Participate in our contest and let your readers choose you as a 2013 Top Dance Blog.

Dance Advantage Top Dance Blog Contest 2013

Round ONE — Enter

Step 1 — Decide which of the following categories is the best fit for your blog:

  • Career Dancer (Pre-Pro/College/Professional) – Pros or pros-to-be discuss the dance lifestyle
  • Recreational Dancer – Teen or adult dancers discuss classes, making time for dance, and more
  • Dance Organization/Artist – Companies or choreographers talk performance, process, production
  • Teacher Talk (Education/Training/Instruction) – Dance class topics; teacher to teacher OR teacher to dancer
  • Speaking Dance (Dance News/Review/Criticism/Audience Education) – Covering the dance world for audiences
  • Industry Support – Business to business, marketing for dancers, and other dance industry shop talk.

Categorizing is never perfect but do your best to choose just ONE of these categories.

Editor’s Choice

From our participants, Nichelle will choose a blog she feels is noteworthy or up and coming, regardless of comment count or readership. This blog will receive the Editor’s Choice award.

Step 2: Publish a blog post about the contest.

In YOUR post, ask readers to show support of YOUR blog with a comment on YOUR post.

You have until Tuesday, January 22 to round up as much comment support as you can.

Step 3: Enter with a comment on this blog post (the one you’re reading now) and tell me…

  1. Which category you are entering under.
  2. The permalink to your blog post about the contest.

Round TWO — Finalists

As soon as you publish your post, start promoting it and encouraging comments!

Though any blog can enter, only blogs with the most comments on their post will be finalists in the voting round.

Comment support will be compared in all participating blogs. The 20 blogs with the most support will qualify as finalists and compete for the Top Dance Blog title.

The blogs that receive the most comments will also be eligible to compete for the top spot in their category.

Round THREE — Voting

On January 24, I will open the Top 20 and category finalist polls.

Even if your blog does not make it to this final round, you will be given special mention as a participant in the contest with a link to your blog.

From Jan 24 – 31, if you are a finalist, send as many people as possible to vote in our polls and secure your ranking.

Voting ends at 10pm EST on Jan 31st. Readers’ votes will be tallied and the results posted on February 2.

Dance Advantage Top Dance Blog Contest 2013

Dos and Don’ts (The Rules)

DO add our contest logo. (Right-click/Save-as the image above)

DO link back to this post. Here’s the URL: http://www.danceadvantage.net/2013/01/07/be-a-top-dance-blog

DO make it clear to readers that they should show their support by commenting on YOUR post about the competition (not mine).

DO encourage your commenters to share why they read your blog, what makes it special, or which are their favorite posts.

DO monitor and delete any duplicate comments from your readers.

DON’T be sneaky about comments. Please, do not offer incentives to commenters or pad your comment count in any way. Your blog will be disqualified.

DON’T mention competing blogs (positively or negatively) in your entry. Keep your post about you.

What do I get if I’m a Top Dance Blog winner?
  1. Engagement: Winner or not, every blog is noted as a participant and each is given an opportunity to engage their readers.

  2. A Badge: Winners receive a badge to display on their site. Those in the Top 20 receive a badge with their rank. Those with the most votes in their category receive a badge also.

  3. A Feature: Category winners will be highlighted together in an article on Dance Advantage. The Top 20 winner will receive their own dedicated feature.

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Got Questions?

A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on that page, feel free to comment below.

Nichelle (owner/editor)
Nichelle Suzanne is a writer specializing in dance and online content. She is also a dance instructor with over 20 years experience teaching in dance studios, community programs, and colleges. She began Dance Advantage in 2008, equipped with a passion for movement education and an intuitive sense that a blog could bring dancers together. As a Houston-based dance writer, Nichelle covers dance performance for Dance Source Houston, Arts+Culture Texas, and other publications. She is a leader in social media within the dance community and has presented on blogging for dance organizations, including Dance/USA. Nichelle provides web consulting and writing services for dancers, dance schools and studios, and those beyond the dance world.
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  1. Excited to be part of the contest in the Teacher Talk category!


  2. Hi Nichelle,

    Thanks so much for running this contest again! I’m so excited to enter my blog Maria’s Movers into the Teacher Talk category. Here’s the link to my post: http://mariasmovers.com/2013/01/07/vote-marias-movers/

  3. Thank you for this opportunity Nichelle! I am entering the teacher talk category.

  4. Putting my hand in for the first time in the Speaking Dance category!


  5. Thanks Nichelle. This is exciting!

    Albany Dance & Fitness is entering under the Recreational Dancer category.

  6. This is Great 🙂 1st time entering my blog in the Industry Support Category http://thetdotblog.com/2013/01/08/dance-blog-contest/

  7. Nichelle,
    Thanks so much for this opportunity, I am thrilled to enter in the Industry Support Category: http://2pointesocial.com/2013/01/08/top-dance-blog-2013/

  8. Thanks for having the contest again, Nichelle! I’m in this year! Recreational Dancer catagory: http://bead109.com/2013/01/09/blog-contest/

  9. Throwing my hat into the “Teacher Talk” category! Super excited to see all the new blogs entering – can’t wait to check them out. I love that you do this, Nichelle! 😀


  10. Thanks so much for holding this contest! Im excited to enter my blog, “Life of a Freelance Dancer” in the “career dancer” category. Cheers!


  11. I am entering Ballet Shoes & Bobby Pins under the SPEAKING DANCE category!


    So exciting to see all of the blogs in our dance community!

  12. Kiara shah says:

    M excited to be in Recreational Dancer category…!!!!

  13. Hi Nichelle, Thanks for hosting this again! I’m entering in the ‘Speaking Dance’ category.

  14. This Irish dancer is entering the ‘recreational dancer’ category!


  15. Lovely to see all of you entering! Please note that there was a typo in one of the dates listed above. You’ll have until Tuesday, the 22nd to gather enough comments to make it to the final round. Sorry for the error — the post has been updated.

    Also, if you have entered in the Speaking Dance category, I want to point out a couple of things. One, please be aware that news and reviews are a portion of the participants in this category, however I also include Audience Education as a qualifier, which admittedly can mean different things to different people.

    As bloggers, many of us write to educate the public about dance in one form or another. However, I would recommend that if you are a pro, college, or pre-professional dancer focusing on dance as a LIFESTYLE (usually written for other dancers), the Career Dancer category is probably your best fit. If your mission or focus is more about providing historical context or understanding of dance as an art form (audience-focused), Speaking Dance is more appropriate. Teacher Talk, on the other hand, is for anyone providing discourse on training, technique, or education, with either students OR other teachers as the intended audience. I hope this clarifies some of the categories a bit.

    I may speak to one or two of you individually to encourage a category switch but overall you’ve done a really good job placing yourselves. I know sometimes it’s hard to choose just one! If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks so much, bloggers!

  16. Hi, Nichelle! Thanks for running this neat contest every year! I’m really excited about it and appreciate the heads up. I’m entering my site “Inside Ballet Technique” under Teacher Talk and my blog post about your contest is here: http://www.insideballet.com/2013/01/12/2013-top-dance-blog-contest/
    Thanks again,

  17. Hi Nichelle,
    Thank you for hosting such a great competition! This is our first time entering!
    We would like to enter ‘Tippy Toes Ballet’ into the teacher talk category.
    Thank you so much!

  18. Yay, Nichelle! thanks for the contest – this is the first time I’m entering:


  19. Hi Nichelle! I’m entering the contest under “Recreational Dancer.” I saw this contest a year ago when I just started my blog and wanted to enter back then so I promised myself I would in the coming year. Well, here goes! Thanks for all you do. I mean it.


  20. Hi Nichelle,
    Still here and blogging, tho not as often. Readers still seem to love the blog, so I won’t be stopping any time soon.

    I’m entering in the Career Dancer category, since it seems the only one that fits. Here’s my link: http://mysoncandance.net/2013/01/time-to-tell-me-what-you-like-and-what-you-want/

    Not sure I’ll be doing much promotion, but I’ll see what happens…

    Best wishes,

  21. Hi Nichelle! I am stepping into unchartered waters here and going to throw Your Daily Dance’s name in the hat for the Speaking Dance category.


    Thank you for the opportunity!


  22. I’m late to the party but throwing my blog into the mix.
    Blog: Unlikely Salsero (World’s Least Likely Dance Instructor)
    Category: Teacher Talk
    Perma-Link: http://www.unlikelysalsero.com/2013/01/top-dance-blog-contest.html

    I see plenty of great blogs here, so win or lose I see I’m in great company.

  23. Hi Nichelle,
    I’d like to put my blog in the running: http://www.centeredstage.com
    The category would be Career Dancer, I think. Thanks for the opportunity!
    The Dancer’s Toolkit (website forthcoming…)

    • Welcome, Elizabeth! Don’t forget to post the permalink to your blog post, your eligibility as a finalist will be based upon the number of comments you receive on your post. Thanks!!

  24. Representing the Irish dancers in the blogosphere, I’m excited to enter the “Recreational Dancer” category.

  25. Hey! Definitely excited to participate in this contest! My blog is focused on the progression within a Dancer’s Career, I am Toronto and New York City based.


    • Hello! just putting a vote their for Tamara!!!! 🙂 beautiful, strong, hardworking dancer – her blog is straight from the heart about her journey in dance!!!! LETS GO!

  26. Anybody know the deal on “Anonymous” comments?

    By default, I have mine set to allow people to “log-in” via their Google ID OR via other existing IDs. (WordPress, and many others in a dropdown.)

    The last choice in the dropdown is “Anonymous” but I suspect many aren’t getting there.

    I think that is scaring off a few of my comments, as they see the default (Google ID) and assume they need to have one to comment.

    I’d like to let them know it’s OK to select Anonymous, but I want to be sure that’s valid. No use getting a set of comments then having them invalidated later.

    • PS: Depending on your blogging platform, I see some of the blogs are actually allowing anonymous comments, because I can make up an name/e-mail address, but in my case (Blogger), the people have to make a choice (including “Anonymous”), and they can’t just type in a first name.

      I see lots of my anonymous users ARE providing name at the end, sort of signing their name.

      • Good question. Some of my readers were having trouble with the blogger sign-in or didn’t want to make a blogger accu t, so I changed the settings so “anonymous” was an option. I just didn’t want my readers to have to provide more information than they were comfortable with.

        • Moira:
          Same problem here. I’ve probably missed some comments so far from people who had issues with the blogger comment box. (Not complaining, that’s just something to deal with…)

          Google (Blogger) was having major problems with the dynamic template I used (their template, not mine), so I changed my whole look and feel last night (different simple template) just to work around their issues. Life for us bloggers/content creators. Never a dull moment.

          • Hi guys! Currently we live by an honor code around here. I’m not going to invalidate any Anonymous comments and as long as no one makes me regret that decision, we should be OK! 🙂

            In other words, I think real readers of your blog (anonymous or otherwise) will leave relevant, thoughtful comments, especially if you ask them to. So bloggers, just make sure you encourage this kind of commenting whether you accept anonymous comments or not.

            Call me crazy, but I tend to think most people want to and will do the right thing. There’s no money at stake here, and though exposure on this blog is beneficial (if I do say so myself), there are LOTS of ways to get it without being all conniving with fake comments and stuff. Be good to one another, support each other, be benevolent (not bitchy) rivals if you have a competitive spirit. Frankly, when it comes to secrets for longevity online, this would make my top 5 list!

            Best of luck to all!! So good to see new faces and a variety of dance modalities represented.

            • Right on… I have great respect for anybody who keeps up a blog more than a couple years. For most the start-up is pretty easy, it’s the long term that is tougher.

              Gee, just like continuing to improve your dancing after 5 years or more. The gains are generally not so quick anymore, and a longer term perspective is critical.

  27. A bit a late entry I know but thought I would throw my hat into the ring and see what happens. It’s tricky picking which category my blog fits but I think it is probably closest to teacher talk.
    Good luck everyone!!

  28. Don Baarns says:

    I’m guessing since the finals round ends at 10 pm EST, that the comment round also ends Tuesday at 10 pm EST?

    Of course, I’d prefer to know for sure rather than just assuming.


  29. Hi Nichelle!
    I (belatedly) decided to take the plunge again for 2013! Here’s my post:
    I better go get some comments now…