Ballroom Dance > How are your practices going?

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

  1. CCdance

    CCdance Active Member

    I'm grateful to have a yoga room in the building I live where I use it as practice room when they dont have classes, the floor quality is amazing, and if I go later at night, I have the whole floor all to myself lol When I'm not able to use the floor, I move the furniture around in the living room, to make space for practice. I also practice at the gym I go to when it's slow, my coach suggested to do so, because then you dont get too familiar with just one location, after all, each competition is located at a different place, you want to be able to adapt to a new location quickly. Also, when you practice with random people watching you, helps you get over the nerves and even develop showmanship, interacting with 'audiences' lol basically I shamelessly practice wherever I can...

    I definitely have moments where I just dont feel like to dance, whether is physical or psychological reason, I dont twist my own arms, instead, I just take a break, if you practice consistently the majority of time, have a day off is not going to hurt you, it actually give your mind and body a chance to recollect and recharge. I like to watch youtube videos. when my feet hurt too much that I just have to have a break, I watch tons of videos to help visualization...

    I also found myself 'perform' better when I wore cute practice wear, especially the ones that're similiar to costume (without swarovski),I'm passionate about costume design, dress the part seems like a second nature to me, I'm a believer of that quote:"Practice like you play!”

    I guess the point I'm trying to make here is that, practice may not always be fun, variety definitely helps me persevere, whether it's on changing location, outfit , music or practice method.

    Good luck with figuring out the system that works for you!
  2. raindance

    raindance Well-Known Member

    Welcome to dance forums CC DanceWear!

    (As an aside, please consider posting in the standard font (black, not italic, default size) as most posters do. It makes things much easier to read!)
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  3. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    First practice applying our coach's requirement that we run all of our choreo to date before working anything...hoo boy is that rumba rusty!!

    Actually set us up nicely to feel some progress, and I'm sure the dominos will keep falling if we keep this up!
  4. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Interesting - mine has the opposite edict: work, then run-throughs at the end of practice. Something about doing the focussed technique repair and repetition while I'm fresh and likely doing it correctly to get the "good" in muscle memory, then run-throughs when I'm tired, 'cause there will be times when I'll have to dance it tired at a comp.

    I'm generally encouraged to run through whatever dances I have not worked during the practice session, no need to run them all. Since I tend to rotate the dances that are getting seriously worked on, ensuring that none goes longer than about a week and a half without love, this approach is working well so far.
  5. scullystwin42

    scullystwin42 Well-Known Member

    practices are great. had a hilariously disastrous studio performance with the mambo in which I was off time for the first half, we missed a musical cue, and pro blanked on the second half of the routine... we end up doing an open box and I'm like, "what are you going to do now?" and he just says, "I'm going to turn you out." He's learned all 5 of my rhythm routines in a month and it's been going SWIMMINGLY. so i think we were due for a mulligan. it was not terribly bad and there was more laughing than anything else. at least we did it now and not comp!. OMG, i am still giggling on the whole, "i'm going to turn you out" line.
  6. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    No practice tonight, as we had torrential rains, and some roads in town were closed due to flooding! Argh. I came home all tense and wound up. Never again. It's practice after work if I have to SWIM there!
  7. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Might finally be nailing the 2x3-step into 4-step turn combo for my cha cha routine!! (it's 3 full turns in a single bar of music in case the written description isn't exciting for newbie like me to finally be getting it!) half speed. But yesterday's practice generated some new insight into how to make the turns easier (smaller steps).
  8. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    Head position. (Sad.)
  9. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    I think my tango may actually be getting worse...

    (Pro assures me that from what he's seen as he's spied on my practices, it's improved over the last couple of days.)
  10. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

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  11. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Slowly getting back into dancing. Ophm I'm out of shape... grumble grumble...
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  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    managed to get some waltzin at the gym
  13. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Wish I could. Rooms get occupied by floor exercisers and free weight pumpers as soon as zumba clears out.
  14. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    well...I work that helps :)
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  15. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    I' m with you. I'm recuparating. It's like I am starting from scratch...
  16. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    In this respect, I'm lucky. My gym is open 24 hours (unmanned), so I can drop in after work (midnight) and have the entire place to myself.

    That being said, I don't know if I will continue there or not. The floor there is HORRIBLE. It's an older laminate of some sort, and it's so sticky that I can't even complete a spot turn without excessive effort. I've tried cleaning spots on it with a dry swiffer, but it gets only marginally better. It's like they mop it with Coke or something. The floor is only used twice a week for a senior's exercise class, and yet you can always see shoe tread prints and smears where a "mop" has been. Do they really need the floor to have so much grip, when all the patrons are in rubber soled athletic shoes??

    This place is so convenient, close to work, and inexpensive that I hate to give up. Eh.....time will tell. There is another 24HR place about 15 minutes further away, and it's brand new. I may check it out.
  17. OreganO

    OreganO Member

    Last night the new dp and I had a great practice! He was extremely focused (I think me being blindfolded helped with that). Private lessons this weekend got me in a very intensely focused mindset and it was nice that he picked up on it. He made a lot of major breakthroughs too. Again, super nice. I'm hoping to get him up to a similar level to me by comp-time next spring and, with a bunch of practices like last night, it could actually happen.
  18. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Finally got a chance to apply some posture tweaks from my last lesson...holy crap they made a difference!!!! I've never felt so balanced and in control before during latin. Now I just need to drill that fix a ton so that I'm drawn to the feeling of it instead of my old memory from 4 years of working latin turnout incorrectly.
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  19. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    got in a good practice on waltz today ...feel like I have that full routine beginning to soak in and am able to run it on my own to proper timing and beginning to be certain that the technical execution and the art is showing up...tango and foxtrot are a bit foggier but getting there...will get clarifications at lessons this weekend
    Last edited: May 15, 2014
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  20. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Better a foggy foxtrot than a vapid Viennese...

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