Here’s another audio editing tip for dance routines: how you finish the routine is the impression you leave the judges with… if the song you’re working with has an ending, use it, don’t just fade it out. If your song ends so that your dancer knows exactly when to hold the final pose, matched up with the music, it will leave both dancer and audience with a much bigger sense of accomplishment than a fade out. Just like in gymnastics, where you always want to stick the landing, the same is true of dance… and you can’t “stick the landing” if the music fades out at the end.
Update: Here is step-by-step instructions on how to edit music so that you retain the ending of the song, and at the same time, keep a good song structure. How to avoid awkward fade-outs