Practice. Practice. Practice.
This is an obvious one. Most people you ask will tell you that in order to get better at something you need to practice. And that is true. But if you want to take your practice session up a notch, try recording yourself when you practice. If you don't know how you look, then how will you know what to improve?
Many professional dancers make a good habit of recording themselves when they practice. If you're serious about improving your dancing, recording yourself worth a try. It may feel a bit awkward at first - putting on a camera while you're dancing alone in your living room. But if you do it often, it will make a tremendous difference in your dancing! And it will be a source of encouragement for you to keep learning and growing since you will be able to visibly see your progress over time.
Show Someone Else
They say the best way to learn something is to teach someone else. And why is that? When you learn for someone other than yourself, you try hard to understand how to convey the material effectively. So go ahead! Test out what you've learned with a friend or family member and see if they can catch on. Maybe they will want to tag along next time you go to your dance class.
Listen to Music
This is a very simple, yet very helpful part of your dance education. When you start out dancing it can be quite overwhelming to try and match each dance with the right genre, tempo and time signature of a given song. So just start with one style of dance. For example, if you know the count is quick, quick, slow start trying to apply that count to a a few different songs to see if you can hear the beat.
You may feel like you don't want to interrupt the class with your questions, but that is what your instructor is there for. Besides, questions allow for a better learning experience! And there is probably someone else with the same question who could benefit from the answer too. If you have questions that require more time to explain or are seeking out a deeper understanding of concepts in your dancing, scheduling a one-on-one session might be the way to go. If you prefer one-on-one setting, click the button below to learn more or schedule with one of our instructors.
If you don't have time during your class, write down the key points you learned right after your class, while it's still fresh. Review them as often as you can. Even if you can't review them for a long period of time, it can still help. A study done at the University of Toronto suggests that shorter studying periods can lead to better recall. So if it's just 5-10 minutes of review a day, it will still make an impact on what you retain! And then next time you go to class, you'll be able to stay on track with learning something new instead of spending your precious class time reviewing last week's steps.
Invite a Friend
There is something motivating about having a friend beside you when you are learning a new dance move. You're able to laugh and encourage each other through out the class and create some great memories. And when the class is over, you will have someone to practice all your fun moves with! What better way to grow a friendship than with dancing, am I right?
Are you looking forward to getting all you can out of your dance class yet?
Green Bay Ballroom aims to provide quality dance instruction to Green Bay and its surrounding areas. We offer various services and packages to ensure the satisfying results for our students.
Green Bay Ballroom
525 N Taylor St.
Green Bay, WI 54303