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. Career dancer category. My blog gives an inside look at what it is like in Vaganova Ballet Academy. I have been a trainee at the prestigious, legendary school since 2011 studying under the world’s best teachers and director, Altynai Asylmuratova. I write about everything from daily life to the performances at Mariinsky and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The previous 2 years I have been the only American in the academy, studying under the full Russian program, and will receive my diploma this June.

  2. Career dancer category.
    My blog gives a true inside, special look at what it is like to be a dancer in the world’s most prestigious ballet academy, Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have been a trainee in the legendary school since 2011 studying under the world’s best teachers and director, Altynai Asylmuratova. This blog covers everything from daily life to the performances I both watch and dance in at Mariinsky and The Hermitage Theatre in SPB. The previous 2 years I have been the only American (and one of the ONLY, of very few, internationals to be able to perform at Mariinsky performances) in the academy. I study under the full, traditional Russian program, and will receive my diploma this June.
    (Also included in this blog; previously I have studied on scholarship at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, as well as Kirov Academy in DC, also on scholarship)

    • Don Baarns says:


      Wow, love hearing about your experiences!!!

      We couldn’t be more different from a dance perspective. I danced in public I was over 45 (other than a couple slow weeding dances in my 20’s) Although as a young adult I was a career musician, working with some of LA’s best studio musicians/instructors.

      Starting dance as an older adult is a little different (I now take jazz classes 3 days per week, but NOTHING like starting young.), but my pro music experience gives me insights most other adult dancers lack.

      Love reading about your journey! Thanks for giving us the background.


  3. Hi Nichelle,

    Since the comment period is closed for my blog I did some cleanup work (http://www.unlikelysalsero.com/2013/01/top-dance-blog-contest.html)

    I edited the contest text slightly to note that the comment phase is closed. Hopefully that will prevent any “after deadline” comments.

    I went through and verified there are no duplicates.

    I also made sure I didn’t have any of my own replies (since that would inflate my comment count) but I left in a comment where a reader simply “Replied” to another reader comment rather than go to the bottom of my page and create a new comment.

    I’m happy to say all 101 comments are legit readers/fans.

    I look forward to the next phase.


  4. For my other blogging friends:
    I’m impressed by the quality of your blogs. I look forward to checking out your blogs over the next week or two. So much to learn, so little time.

    I don’t know about you, but I checked my stats. Just being part of this contest has caused a huge spike in my page views. I’ve been doing this long enough that it brought back lots of readers who haven’t paid as much attention in the last year or so…

    I’ve already won even before the finals, and I look forward to checking out your blogs over the next week or two. So much to learn, so little time.

    Best to you all in the finals and beyond.


  5. (PS: I have skimmed most of the blogs, I mean drill down into the details as I know there’s plenty to learn from your experiences…)

    • Thanks Don, most appreciated! And thank you for noting that you’ve already won. That’s been my goal with this contest and I’m very glad you feel that way. I’m always impressed and love discovering new blogs each year.

  6. Wow! ‘Last Second Odette’ here! lol
    72 fabulous readers’ comments, after entering on the last day of the contest, all in 12 hours! (Reason to “Woot”!)
    I just didn’t have the time to write the post till this last deadline day… (*Really*!)
    Sooo…having *just* entered today at 10:48 am, the last day to qualify, and getting my 1st comment at 12:01pm, I am delighted that my loyal readers, that *did* know I entered, came through so spectacularly for me!
    I am pleased to find so many truly talented bloggers in the contest and am honored to be in such great company!
    With any luck, I’ll be able to actually seek votes before the last day of the Finals round! Maybe I’ll even tell people in advance… lol
    ‘Merde’ to My Talented Co-Bloggers in the Finals!
    Teri McCollum/’Odette’
    Odette’s Ordeal-A Site for Sore Swans & Serious Ballet Fans in San Francisco
    Speaking Dance – http://odettesordeal.com/2013/01/22/2013-top-dance-blogs-contest-nominate-odettes-ordeal-with-a-comment/

    • Don Baarns says:


      You smoked it. Amazing. I know how hard I worked (and I’m sure the others) and hats off to you. I’m hoping/guessing that doing it a previous year made it easier (your fans knew the drill), but either way I’m impressed! Big hand claps from here!

  7. Don Baarns says:

    To my other blogging friends:

    I don’t know about you, but I got so many great comments, I’m going to turn the contest page into a “Bragging” page and leave it on my site. I can’t believe what some of my readers wrote. (I didn’t even have my Mom contribute, and she would not have been as kind…)

    I may remove a few of the “Love you” six word comments, but leave the rest.

    If you’re on blogger, I think I we can make it a “Page” that has it’s own tab and URL. If you want to save yours, let me know and I’ll tell you how I’m doing it. (I’m happy to assist anybody else, but I know the blogger platform pretty well, and I’m a geek…)

    I even have one after contest comment that I’m going to keep (knowing it doesn’t count for the contest,) but the comment is from a brand name dancers in my space. A huge win for me longer term.

    • The pros call these ‘testimonials’ 😉 and they are a great idea, whether including them on a page or elsewhere on your site!

      • Don Baarns says:



        My only claim to any “pro” activity is spelling errors, weak humor, and finding ways to laugh at myself. If I can’t find something, I have 5 kids who are happy to help me out.

        Dad!! Turn down that music, don’t dance like that in front of my friends, I can’t go to that class, because you take it… (clearly it can’t be hip.) I’m finally appreciated a little by my adult children… but it sure takes decades.

        Most other “pro” activity for me is an illusion…

  8. Hi Nichelle,
    I’m late for the contest, but I’m ready to submit next year. I’ll make sure to check in next year!
    I really enjoy your site and come often. Good luck to all the participants!

  9. Too bad i missed it 🙁 We’d love to enter the next time and write about latin or ballroom dancing.