Research has shown that the more knowledge people have on a subject, the less likely they are to feel confident in it. So it shouldn't really be a surprise that the better I get at this, the lower I rate my skill. I'm even a little embarrassed now, because I know what I've been doing wrong this whole time. I'm an okay dancer. I still have a long way to go. But I'm excited about this competition.
Did I mention I get to dance American Smooth—my favorite—with the best dancer on the team? At last rehearsal, I overheard another girl complaining about that, that her partner was too good. "She'll make me look bad."
But it's the other way around. A good dancer will give the right signals so there's no fumbling while trying to switch in the middle of a step. A good dancer will have the right timing. A good dancer can make a simple step so beautiful that it looks more advanced than it really is. A good dancer can compensate for a partner's mistakes and make it look intentional.
Watching the two of us together, it will be clear that my partner is a much better dancer. But that won't make me look worse. A good dancer makes her partner look better.