Practice tip: Always practice moves from both of your sides

January 7, 2012 Leave a comment

The most elementary mistake beginners make. For example, don’t just practice your armwave from the right arm to the left arm, but also from left to right. When you work on a basic choreo, also try to mirror (as in switching direction) the entire routine from the other side. It seems natural that you can transfer a move or a routine to its mirror image once you learn it one way, but this is not how muscle memory works.


Beginners have the right to bite

January 2, 2012 Leave a comment

Beginners have the right to shamelessly steal from other dancers. They can take entire moves and routines from other dancers. This allows them practice on a daily level and gain their first experiences and influences. But to progress to higher levels, the beginner should slowly outgrow their initial influences and start coming up with their own style. Biting other people’s styles is not neccesarily a sign of having no creativity , integrityor skill; it may also signify that the dancer is not experienced enough at the moment to tap into his/her creativity.

Practice tip: The best teachers help you help yourself

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The best teacher is not necessarily the best dancer, but one who can identify your weaknesses and suggest concrete steps to improve. Rather than just teaching a series of moves or choreography, they focus on how to teach the foundational basics and then how to independently find one’s own style. In short, the best teachers help you help yourself. Spend much time and money finding these teachers.

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Practice tip: Keep the practice sessions simple

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Instead of trying to come up with exotic moves and routines each day, focus on improving the basics. Grooving, musicality, and drills. As little as 30 minutes of this a day will improve your dance overall. Experimentation, choreography, and new moves are separate practice sessions that usually come after this primary training.

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Slim Boogie videoclips

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Read my interview with Slim Boogie.

Thanks to everyone who uploaded these clips. This is a small selection of my favourite clips.

Cleaned up the site

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

I cleaned up the pages About me, Inspirational quotes, and Practice tips.

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Practice tip: Focus also on training your body

November 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Most dancers spend their training hours just working on their dance skills. They neglect the benefit of dividing their time between dance practice and physical training. Physical training will not only improve your dance skills, but also reduce the chance of injury by excessive stress on the muscles and joints.

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