Ballroom Dance > How are your practices going?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by latingal, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Crazy practices the last couple of days....long hours, but want to do a lot of repetitions since rumba basics are coming together so well right now. Body and hip action are more volumnous and taking much less effort now that the timing of the foot, leg and upper body are coming together. Weight is going in to the heel nicely and I can see a day when I can stay at a lower level in my hip and commit my weight more consistently (which will mean more stability and groundedness).

    I am extremely happy with the instruction and guidance I have been receiving. It's taken three years with my new pro going back and relearning and introducing some elements not included in my prior instruction, but everything is starting to come together. Wow....I can say all the long hours have been worth it.... :)
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  2. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    no energy, but slogged through some latin and some trouble spots in smooth and standard
  3. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    Realised that I'm getting quite rusty, and am not as good as I remember being sometime ago. Time to buck up.
  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    all standard and smooth dances, working trouble spots
  5. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    A little jive, a little paso
  6. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Sigh... having to revisit hip motion in rumba... really???... focusing so much on posture and leg lines I forgot about those hips!
  7. OreganO

    OreganO Member

    Practices have been going extremely well, particularly within the last few weeks. This semester I have a partner which is extremely exciting and we have similar energies, again, a fantastic thing. We're currently working on having and maintaining more connection in waltz and foxtrot.
  8. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Good to see you back, OreganO, and nice avatar photo!

    Working on a showcase bolero this evening. There's a tricky sequence involving pivots, telemarks, and double spins ending with rondes. I'm not getting to the right angle with the pivot, and I haven't even attempted to think about proper timing for the spins yet. There's also the bit where we have to fall on the floor and get back up to a specific rhythm. How is it that lately all of my showcase routines involve falling on the floor? o_O
  9. OreganO

    OreganO Member

    Thank you cornutt!
  10. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Practice today....not that productive. Perhaps I let my expectations get the better of me, hopefully a better one tomorrow!!
  11. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Rumba and samba practice went well yesterday, still struggling with rope spinning in fast! Jive...I'm back to being confused!
  12. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Practice today: leg lines, hip action in rumba, samba and chacha.
  13. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    When it comes to jive, there's never been a time when I was un-confused. :rolleyes:
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  14. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Practice today... can't believe it... I actually practiced for a solid two hours, which is very good for me!
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  15. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Practice has been good. Trying to get too many things in to the body right now. Have decided to concentrate on solidifying the technique of the new choreography and cementing in the new timing/action in rumba and the commitment of weight. Feeling rather marooned on a desert island right now when it comes to solid direction...think I need to have a talk with my coach later this week.
  16. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Good practice today, continued repetitions of work from the prior day.
  17. 5678dance

    5678dance Active Member

    Because of some life changes (new job, moving, etc.) practice has fallen a bit to the wayside for me and my partner. As a result, we did poorly at our last competition.

    It REALLY just goes to show you that if you don't practice, you won't do well. practice practice practice! Never stop! This world is one that is constantly changing, and moving forward; everyone around you is constantly improving. If you stop for one second, you're already behind. This I am still learning.

    (with our ducks all in line now, we are back to the studio!!!)
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  18. nikkitta

    nikkitta Well-Known Member

    Interesting... for me, it seemed whenever we practiced a lot before a comp, we didn't do as well as when life got in the way and we weren't able to practice much at all. I wonder if it was due to overthinking or trying to push too hard. The mindset felt much more relaxed when we hit the floor with a "It is what it is, let's just dance." No expectations.

    Which is NOT to say that I enjoy competing without some preparation :eek:
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  19. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    i have noticed this as well .. you can most certainly overrehearse
  20. smidra86

    smidra86 Active Member

    Something like that happened to me in latin.... In December we decided to finally compete in latin again, which we hadn't practiced in over 3 months. 2 days before comp we practiced maybe once or twice and just went out there and did our thing and beat a bunch of people who use to do better than us consistently.

    Practices have been rather relaxed and a little less frequent the past few days. Still trying to let everything we learned from our billion and one lessons earlier in the week to seep in. Well, we may or may not compete this weekend so we will see how that goes. Although, its against one other couple, who seems to be a mixed proficiency and mostly doing bronze other stuff... doesn't make much sense, but yeah....
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