Ballroom Dance > How are your practices going?

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

  1. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    so glad I practiced the last three days
  2. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    You're a nineteen-dancer right?
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  3. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Back to it today....went through repetitions of corrections in every problem spot in cha-cha and samba in my routines (and yea, that took a while), worked two sections of rumba, and tossed in some rumba basics just to make my life even more exciting. *rolls eyes* LOL - but I did get a lot done today.
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  4. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Took the evening off... still have some ribcage soreness.
  5. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    I get so much less done in partnered practice. In solo practice I can concentrate intently on what I need to improve.

    Partnered practice I have to track how he's leading, how I'm responding, what it feels like, what the possible issues are, and then concentrate on giving feedback on "corrections". Though I do get more time "just dancing" in partnered practice, I sometimes wonder if I'm improving anything in them.
  6. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

  7. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    I dance pro-am and am-am Mr. 4 styles....and I know that my solo work and work with my pro I learn at an insane pace. Am practice is another matter, most the time it feels like you're wading through mud trying to track down the answer and kill it. LOL!

    But pro-am is expensive, so amateur work will have to suffice for partnered practice, and we'll just have to hope that something is improving....
  8. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    as do i

    it help somewhat if your am male also dances pro am as i do

    the mrs used to be more frustrated until my pros and i turned it up then my learning skyrocketed as well

    the hardest thing to get my wife to understand was that you are comparing tangerines and oranges when you compare learning speed in am am vs pro am

    i look at the absolute improvement with any given partner ....not the relative improvement across partners

    had to teach her that... now we work much better together

    my two cents..... as i suspect you and my mrs are alike super gifted and rapid visual learner * insert green jellis emoticon here*:)
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    body to feet; we need to practice
    feet; not happening
    knees; you tell her

    body to brain; let's go soak them ...and then practice
  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thurs...can do a double spiral on the right in practice shoes some of the time....continuing on that...also working on holding free leg longer in ru and cha and other technical issues...brief spot check of a few things in jive
    ....balance and power in intl waltz...left whisk...also some spots on open smooth that need repetitions in order to improve...going to look at QS tomo....left knee still tight...but I have the next three days before lessons
  11. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Showcase routine practice today... some good improvement, better (if still not consistent) with the pivot-telemark combination, and we're getting our overall timing more where it needs to be. Noted a "dead spot" in the choreo where I'm just standing around for two bars (a side effect of a previous change); need to get with pro on that. Partner is doing better with her attitude spin, and I'm doing better at not messing it up. For some reason, there was one particular ronde that I just could not do today.
  12. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    In my case it's a decision whether to devote time and financial resources to the am/am which takes away time and money from my pro-am work.

    At this stage in my dance journey, I could use the repetitions available with having an am/am partnership - but need to help and wait as my am partner comes up to speed on technique since he does not have the resources to do pro-am.

    So far it's been worth the time and money I've had to invest, but it still can be a tad frustrating to be in wait mode.
  13. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Solo practice today was great!

    The stage I seem to be entering is that nothing is TOTALLY out of whack, things need to be tweaked here and there, but for the most part I know how I'm supposed to do things and can do them to a fair degree.

    So today was about going through the routines and looking at spots that could use more dynamics, better line, or tweaking of the technique. It was fun!! :)
  14. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    I LOVE that phase of the learning process

    hear ya!! and as an am/ am male we appreciate ALL the ladies that are willing to be patient and dance with us:)
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  15. debmc

    debmc Well-Known Member

    Practice today after no dancing for a week! ( on vacation....thought about finding a local studio but the beach was calling ).
  16. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

  17. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    today..worked timing in 3 alemanas, and on holding free leg as well as continuing hip movement ...and I must be settling fully because the right hip sent out a few warning notices...cha; mostly worked on locks, powering off the standing leg and holding the free leg...and snappy ttechnique...also worked some spots in jive...moved on to std waltz; quick open rev and left whisk, as well as open smooth waltz and FT trouble spots and shadow work for VW as well as my newish QS choreo....
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  18. latingal

    latingal Well-Known Member

    Practice yesterday, not too bad at all. Did repetition of routines where the only goals were; getting through them, maintaining precise timing and not thinking about technique.

    Felt like progress was made.
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  19. Mr 4 styles

    Mr 4 styles Well-Known Member

    Nationals later this week

    practice was two rounds of smooth only 20 seconds between each song no rest between rounds

    then worked on trouble spots then another round

    10 min rest

    then repeat for latin

    overall pleased even with my cold:(
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  20. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    Funny thing; all with the obstacles, my practices are getting better and better. I think I’m on the right track. I don’t know if it’ll last but I don’t care; I’m enjoying it while it lasts!!!!!!!

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