I recently started taking a Zumba class and I do feel like it helps with stamina. However, the subjective feeling doesn't seem to have translated into comp results, so I don't know...but it's still cool to feel less tired at the end of a round.
There was a thread a while back on cross training that might also be interesting to you. Probably easy to search for.
Well, I'm in the Air Force, where run tests, sit-ups, push-ups, and weight checks are a common occurrence. So I run 3 miles 3-4 times/week and work weights the other days. And training like this at 6500 feet helps when you go down to sea level to compete. So, yeah, IMO endurance training is essential preparation for dance competitions.
I have an injury and haven't been able to get to the gym in six weeks. I totally notice a decrease in stamina and endurance, and can't wait to be able to go back to my regular routine. Three days a week in the gym for at least an hour of cardio at a time, with a half an hour of weight training. It definitely makes a positive difference!
That pros, who might have no affiliation to you, will give you a kind and/or encouraging word after a hard day on the comp floor. There are several that kept my sagging ego from hitting the floor after one of those days....
My thanks to them for giving just a bit of a boost to keep one going...
I wonder if they know how much something that they might take as a small thing means?
that is a good point LG...I was very stressed about my first silver smooth sets with NP and very high profile smooth pro overheard me fretting and paid me a compliment that made me blush all the way down to my toes and on days when I really think I stink, I remember what he said because I know he meant it...I don't know if he can appreciate fully what a boost that gives me as i head down to practice, but I treasure that comment and it fuels me
Hmm.. what did I learn at my last comp? Its been a few months now, but what I learned is this- I really like being on the floor. For the first time ever, I came to a realization that this (dancing) is supposed to be fun so have fun with it. No stress, just dance.
re: compliments -- totally agree. Have had complete strangers come up to us just to say "I love watching you dance!", and judges tell us (afterwards) that we looked really good or improved a lot since the last time they saw us. I try to hold on to that for the inevitable times when the dancing goes through a crappy phase (like now).