I think it’s safe to say that most of us want to enjoy dancing. And in my opinion, the best way to increase our enjoyment is to get better at it!
For some of us, enjoying dance more means remembering our steps, for others it means having a better sense of balance and for lots of us, being more fluid and graceful would mean a lot more enjoyment. But how do we get better at these different things? Do you have a plan? Do you know what specific thing you would like to get better at today?
In this article, I’m going to show you the one thing you need to do to improve your dancing and having more fun! It’s a simple idea that you’ve probably heard before, “Repetition”! Or to put it a little differently; If you want to have more fun dancing, you need to start doing it repeatedly.
But this is repetition with a difference, not just mindless repetition (where you wish you were somewhere else whilst doing 1000 repetitions of x) but repetition where you’ll aim to improve what you’re doing EVERY TIME you make a repeat. Not the rote repetition we were used to in school (for memorising facts) but the kind of repetition that’ll enable you to put your foot exactly where you want it, when you want it, or move your arm just the way you’d like it to move. Be warned though, this might be a simple idea we’re going to work with but it isn’t the easy option! It’s not for the lazy or those looking for a quick fix and I’m afraid there’s no magic pill but if you’re willing to put a little work in, keep reading!
Repetition is great for helping us gain familiarity, for memorisation and body conditioning, but today we’re going to look at repetition as an opportunity to raise your standard and get better at what you do (and this is where your mind will really go to work).
How to use repetition.
Here we go;
- Choose one thing that you want to improve. (Is it balance? Perhaps it’s fluidity? Or something more specific?)
- Choose a simple dance movement or motif to do.
- I’ve provided a video below of me doing a simple plié and relevé (sorry about the boomy sounding room!). Choose a simple move you’d like to do or follow my lead.
- Visualise. Do you remember this lesson on visualisation? Make sure you have a clear idea in your mind of what you’re going to do. If you’re using my video, watch it a few times first.
- Now do the movement once.
- When you’ve completed the movement, ask yourself these questions;
- How did I do?
- What went well?
- What would I do differently next time?
- Now decide what you’re going to do differently.
- Do the movement once.
- Now repeat steps 5-7.
It’s that simple, but you need to go through the process many, many times. Ask yourself the question “What would I do differently next time?” EVERY TIME you intend to make a repetition! And if you’ve got to the point where you don’t know what you would do differently next time, make sure you turn up to class for more input!
Tell me below how you get on. What did you struggle with? What did you like? Have you noticed any improvement? What did you find helpful?
Is there something that you’ve been able to improve using this idea?