#064: 10 Hacks To Be A Better Dancer [Podcast]

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10 Hacks To Be A Better Dancer

Session Summary

  • Step to Success: A step to your success is anything that moves your life and your business forward.  Whether it’s an app, a book or an idea, you can apply something today that will help you succeed.  Today’s step to success is a tool for your Mac called Jumpcut. It is an easy way to keep track of all the text and links that you clip in one place.
  • Dancer’s Dialect: The Dancer’s Dialect is the dancer’s language. I share concepts and terminology across different genres so that you can see the correlations in your life and in your business.  Today’s word in the dancer’s dialect is Chicago Footwork, which has footwork that moves very quickly.  It looks like it combines house footwork, tap dancing and breakdancing footwork. It’s one style I haven’t tried but I look forward to the challenge. Check out this cool video of various basic Chicago Footwork steps, and the Mike and Ike is one of the steps.  I love that you can have this flurry of activity of footwork, but still have it clean and controlled. As my dance trainer says, a clean dancer is a strong dancer.

And the running man in Chicago Footwork is different from the running man in Bobby Brown’s video:

  • Freestyle Flow:  I was thinking about teaching methods and The Karate Kid “Wax On/Wax Off” scene came to mind. It also got me thinking about teachers in my school years that made a positive impression on me.

  • Feature Presentation: 10 Hacks to be a Better Dancer as follows:
1. List 5 qualities of your best dancing skills and remind yourself of these. Are you good at a certain style or technical step? Focus and remind yourself of those constantly.
2. Meditate on performing without limitations. What would be the best performance?  My friend Tarek Khwiss, told me this as I was preparing for my first buy real tramadol performance in over 20 years: “Do my best in the moment.  It’s just me and the stage, no one else.  Live in the story I’m telling.” He’s a gem and you’ll love his interview.
3. Take time to do intentional breathing.
4. Work on your core before class. Not just regular crunches but get all areas of the abdominal region.
5. Do 5-10 minutes of cardio before class.
6.Drink water before class as well as during and after. Drink water first thing in the morning with 1 tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar.
7. Remind yourself of what foundations the style of class or choreography calls for and tell your body to occupy those foundations. Some examples: Ballet and most styles require to engage your core but not by sucking the abdominal area in.  It’s more of a lifting up and in, and scooping from the inside out. Styles such as hip hop and dance hall are very grounded.  And as you saw on Chicago footwork, you have to be light on your feet.
8. Focus on one aspect each time you are going through the step or the choreography. Is it the musicality? Is it the accents? Is it foot placement?
9. Even if the class doesn’t accommodate it, make time to cool your mind and body down.
10. Take quick notes as soon as possible after the class on any new concepts you’ve learned, things that stuck out, and what you can work on next time.

Question: What hack would you share that would make you a better dancer?

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The Karate Kid

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About the author, Annett

Annett Bone is the creator and host of The DancePreneuring Studio where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection of her personal adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20+ year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and proving that it’s never too late to be great.

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