Dances Tips and Tricks
The key to dance is practice and learning from your mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and always listen to your instructor. A good instructor will appreciate your honesty and will always be happy to answer any question. It is very important to learn good form right from the beginning; it saves you from having to “unlearn” poor habits over time.
It is also helpful to watch and learn a dance from a video or in class before you try it at home. It gives you a visual reference and allows you to break up the dance into smaller chunks (eight-counts) if it is too long for you to work on in one session.
A good stretching routine is a must for dancers. It will not only prevent injury, it will help you perform better as well. Be sure to stretch out your hamstrings, quads, hip flexors, calves and shoulders. However, don’t do your flexibility training before dance; deep stretches can temporarily weaken muscles.
Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through in your dances. The audience is there to see you, not a cardboard cut out of your favorite dancer. It’s important to be comfortable in your own skin and to make sure you have fun! This will make the audience have fun too. Don’t forget to bow after your performance, it shows that you respect the audience and those that helped you. Also, be sure to thank the band if you are dancing to live music, the sound person and your instructor!