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“Some people seem to think that good dancers are born. But all the good dancers I’ve known are taught or trained.” ~Fred Astaire
Ask any dancer out there what makes them successful and they will tell you the old saying: practice, practice practice. Whether they’re a ballroom dancer, a ballerina or a breaking out hip-hop dance moves, they all know that what you do when you’re outside the studio is just as important as what you learn inside the studio.
Dance is an art form that has been around for centuries and is one of the most natural forms of expression. However, in order to move your body in a new and different way, you have to train your muscles. So, here are 3 things you can do like the pros to help you improve your dancing outside the studio:
We already said it, but it bears repeating. In order to dance well, you have to be able to mentally recall the movements, and not just in your mind. Practice helps you build muscle memory, so when you’re learning a new dance, try “marking” the movements. This means you you do the routine at full speed to the music, but with smaller, less energetic gestures. That way, you don’t get worn out as you rehearse the steps. You can also slow the movements down and repeat them until you’re able to grasp the combinations, and then put them to music.
When you begin to learn something new, you start to use new muscles that you haven’t worked as much. Before and after you practice, take 5-10 minutes to stretch out your muscles. These stretches can be as simple as bending over to touch your toes and holding it for a few seconds. Here are a few stretches you can try.
In the studio where you take lessons, there are likely mirrors lining the wall so you can see yourself. This isn’t usually the case at home when you’re practicing, though one of the best ways to improve your dancing is by watching yourself. When you’re practicing away from the studio, record yourself doing the steps and watch to see where and how you are making mistakes.
What tricks or habits have helped you learn to ballroom dance best?
Like learning any skill, to become a good dancer takes patience and consistency! Dance, especially ballroom dance, is really an art form, and it consists of precise movements and bodily responses. This means that it to fine tune your dancing skills, you need to train your muscles to easily recall the steps and proper form.
That’s called muscle memory -- the way your body remembers motor movement through repetition. The memories aren’t actually stored in your muscles, of course, but they become second nature while stored in your brain! By repeating the same thing over and over, the brain knows what comes next without much effort -- the movement seems to just come naturally.
During the beginning stages of learning to dance, we recommend that you schedule your lessons close together - every week to ensure the steps are committed to memory! The less time between lessons means the less you will forget, the less you will need to review, and the more you will be able to learn!
Energetic, unique and danced with playful intensity, the Merengue is also somewhat mysterious! Even though it is considered to be the national dance of the Dominican Republic, the origins of the Merengue are shrouded in folklore! Though it seems to have simply appeared in the world of partner dance, several popular stories have been passed down for centuries that try to explain just how this dance came to be.
The first story has a somber origin, alleging that the dance originated with slaves who were chained together. Out of necessity, the slaves were forced to drag one leg as they cut sugar to the beat of drums, eventually developing into the basic movement of the dance.
Another story suggests that a great hero was wounded in the leg during one of the many revolutions in the Dominican Republic. A party of villagers welcomed him home with a victory celebration and, out of sympathy, everyone dancing felt obliged to limp and drag one foot.
Does a dance that combines passion, energy and joy sound like something you’d have fun with? Then salsa dancing may be right up your alley.
So what is the story about Salsa dancing? Well, this sassy and energetic dance is not one that is easily defined. It wasn’t started in one specific place or by one person, but is truly a blend of personality and energy from a wide variety of roots. Let’s jump in.
When you hear “ballroom dance,” chances are you think of graceful couples gliding around the dance floor, right? But how much do you actually know about where these dances came from?
Well, at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Brookfield CT, we’ve got some dance backstories for you, and we bet you’ll be surprised!