HOW TO PICK THE BEST SONG FOR YOUR FIRST DANCE?

Unless you consider yourself a great dancer, pick a song with a rhythm that’s easy to follow. Keep in mind that you can learn your first dance choreography to any song but it is always easier and faster to learn to a song that has...... Read More

HOW TO LEARN (YOUR FIRST) DANCE F-A-S-T

Practice in between sessions. We learn how to dance through repetition – after all dancing is a motor activity. If you leave a huge gap in between your dance classes (say: two weeks), it will be so much harder to get back in the game....... Read More

What Can Your Ass Do For You?

(I used the word “ASS” in the title to attract the attention of all of us who wouldn’t read anything that has “ASSESSMENT” in it. Please note that the following blog entry will indeed be about assessment :-) My understanding of assessment is simple –...... Read More

Comunicatión

Check this out. Suppose your teacher makes you repeat a specific exercise each time you’re in class. Suppose you don’t have the slightest idea what purpose it serves but you keep doing it regardless. Your teacher happily keeps drilling the exercise – after all it...... Read More

Confused?

If you don’t understand something – ASK! The teacher will give you another explanation, making sure you understand introduced concept. Don’t just say ‘I understand’ because that way your instructor will assume that the problem is solved and you will wonder why you are still...... Read More

To teach also should imply a belief in that which one teaches, and desire to share this knowledge and make it be a vital experience to those taught. This can only be accomplished if the student is enabled to construct in his own mind the ideas the teacher is presenting. And when the idea "clicks" through the student's own thinking, it is his, for it exists for him as his own creation. He has constructed it for himself, although he may owe the impetus for thinking to the thought of another. — Margaret H’Doubler, A Way of Thinking

Own It

Do you often have those “ah-hah!” moments? Do you have them while taking dance classes? Perhaps when you find yourself able to find song’s rhythm for the first time… or transition smoothly from one movement to the next? Or FINALLY truly freestyle to the song...... Read More

What Did I Learn?

Another one of those “little things” you can do to get the most out of your dance learning experience: After each class, answer this question: ‘what did I learn?’ Answer honestly. But be careful: state facts. Don’t let emotions take over. Example: you’ve found the...... Read More

Pushing Past It

One more thing in case you’re wondering HOW to push past the point of perceived limitation. We all have thoughts all the time (well…most of us). It just so happens that whenever we come across a challenge, these thoughts are mostly negative. Try these two...... Read More