Danceros
by on October 22, 2018
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Probably many people, who are coming to parties and looking at people who are already dancing well, wonder about how long it takes to reach such a level. A lot of people will think that it is quite a long period and all this dancers have from several to several dozen years of experience. The truth is completely different, because quite decent results can be achieved even after a year, and after two or three you can dance at a very high level. However, to achieve a nice level in the dance, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work hard. I would like to present in a few points, which in my opinion significantly affects the development of each dancer and causes that the development of our skills can significantly accelerate.

Choose you teacher wisely

When we start our adventure with dancing, we usually sign up to the first dance school we find without any knowledge about it. Sometimes someone will do some background check, ask friends about schools, check on the Internet and that's a better approach. Of course, everyone expresses their subjective opinion and the fact that some instructor is suitable to one person does not mean that he will be good for us, because of his style of conducting classes. Regarding the choice of the instructor, I would recommend first of all to check his achievements and the dance internship. If we have a few experienced instructors to choose from, then you should go to each of them and check which teaching style suits us best. When I was choosing an instructor, the main criterion was the technique. Many people initially want to learn as much routines as possible in the shortest period of time, but over time people realize that routines are not everything, but technique is of the most important. My approach to dance pays off, because the accurate understanding of dance techniques allowed me to develop independently outside the classroom and learn the next figures on my own. Therefore, an experienced instructor who puts on technique is a good choice in my opinion. This is also very important, because when we learn to dance, we teach our muscles some movement sequences. In order to remember it well, you need to repeated them many times. If someone taught us how to do some routines incorrectly, then later correction of erroneous reflexes requires much more work than learning the combinations itself. So you should put on solid instructors who have experience and good didactic knowledge. Ask your friends who are going to different teachers, they will definitely tell you who to choose.

Comprehensive development

Another element that I think is worth paying attention to is comprehensive development. You probably wonder what is under this concept. It is the improvement of all dance skills and other useful skills that can help us dance. For sure it will be the development of physical condition. In addition to dancing, it is worth going to the gym to strengthen our muscles (they can be useful especially when you want to learn elements of acrobatics in our dance) and endurance (at festivals you dance a few hours a day). The body insulation training will surely is very helpful. Often during warm-ups the instructors show the basic exercises that develop insulation. It is worth to train them in your free time. Of course, you can also sign up for dedicated classes, where you learn the isolation of the body - reggeaton or body movement. I would also recommend self-improvement of the basic step, so you can easily move around in the dance. I played the music and without a partner I trained steps, weaves, slides, tempo changes or different combinations of footwork, so thanks to that it was easy for me to find rhythm when it changes or there was accent in the music. Therefore, in order to develop quickly in a dance, you have to work on your own, outside of the classroom. Thanks to this, your development will surely boost.

Attending to parties

One of my instructors once said that after one class, you should go to five parties. In my opinion, it is a bit exaggerated, but something is in it, because if we care of our development, it is necessary to go to parties outside regular classes. With dance is the same like with muscles, if you do not train, they do not grown, if you only attend classes, you certainly do not develop as fast as those who shows on a parties. When I was still attending classes, with the increase of the group's internship, the differences between people who regularly go to parties and those who did not become more and more noticeable. The parties develop our skills because we have the opportunity to dance with people from other groups as well as other schools. It turns out then that what came out to us without problems in the classes can be much more difficult to do, because the partner with whom we dance does not know the figure and if we do not lead it very carefully, nothing will works as we thinks. Similar situations have followers, who have to focus more on following, because the partner with whom they dance is learning with another instructor and doing totally different routines. That is why it is worth going to parties, especially those on which we can meet a lot of people from outside our school or who are learning from other instructors than we, because then we have the opportunity to really test our skills and learn how to adapt our lead / follow to people with different skills.

Festivals and workshops

When I started to learn to dance, I always managed to get the biggest skills jumps during the festivals. Interestingly, if you dance more than one style, then being at the festival from one style, you can also improve the other. I probably would not believed it, but I experienced it myself when I came back from a festival and I made an appointment for a bachata training, because at the festival I could only dance kizomba. When we started training, my partner suddenly interrupted the dance and asked if I was definitely at kizomba festival, because the way I was dancing bachata changed. Of course, with the increase of skills, each subsequent festival brought slightly less to my level, but it was worth it to attend to a festivals, to speed up the dance development. The same applies to workshops. If you are going to a workshop with a well-known and liked couple, you can be sure that there will be a lot of good dancers, from different cities and from different instructors. The more we dance with people who have learned completely different leads, the faster we improve our skills by learning how to lead / follow in conditions that best test our real skills. Besides, one of my instructors' friends after the workshops in which I participated, said that he has two messages for us - good and bad. The good was that the level of participants was really high, and bad - that people who go to workshops / festivals are distinguished by their skills compared to others, presenting a much higher level of dance. So do not get stuck in your own sauce, just try to use every opportunity to dance with people from another school, town or other instructor. It will definitely pays off in the future.

Summary

These few tips are my subjective opinion. Not everyone has to agree with it and not everyone will become a super dancer after applying it. Everything unfortunately, depends on your motor skills, musical skills or even talent. I have seen many people who have stopped at a certain level that they can’t jump over, despite many years of dancing they are unable to move forward. Anyway, with time the development of each dancer slows down and only some elements can be improved, and the possible larger jump depends only on favorable conditions. Despite this, it is worth developing all the time, going to workshops and improving. Although I already had a lot of hours of classes and workshops behind me, I still participate in the next events, choosing the best instructors and workshops that can improve those elements in which I do not feel one hundred percent comfortable yet. If you liked my article, I invite you to share it with your friends, maybe someone will benefit from it.

PS. I’m dancing mostly bachata and kizomba but I think that this article can be useful for all people who are dancing other kind of social dances.

 

The author of this article is DJ Quiero (Witold Kieroński).

Dj Quiero has started in 2013 from playing regular events at the Gafa club in Wrocław. Soon after that, he started working with the dance school La Rosa Negra, where he plays at parties to this day. He also collaborated with the No Limits school, where for about 2 years, he dealt with musical setting during dance practices. Thanks to the popularity gained, he began to play at other events, both in Wrocław and abroad, including at a post-workshop event during the visit of Daniel and Desiree at LoftToDane in Krakow (2015) or SBK Festival (2014) in Wrocław, as well as at post workshops events during the visit of Korke and Judith in Łódź (2016). Currently, he plays mainly at the biggest events in Wroclaw, such as Afronock or Supersensual. Specializes in sensual and modern bachata, as well as in the extraordinary ghetto zouk and tarraxinha. DJ's work is the result of a passion for dance, which he learned from the best world instructors such as Korke and Judith, Daniel and Desiree, Luis and Andrea, Andrea and Silvia, Chavez and Silvia, Kike and Fania, Gabryel and Bego, Afrolatin Connection, Albir Rojas , Miguel and Susana, Joao and Giedre, Curtis Sheldon, Said, Enah Lebon, Isabelle and Felicien, whose approach to musicality is trying to convey in the selection of music, and every moment spent outside the console trying to spend on the dance floor.