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"Effective Strategies for Retaining Dance Moves and Techniques from dance Lessons"

A couple practising latin in dance studio
A couple dancing in a practise class


So, you have started coming to our dance classes and private lessons, and you hear us say "Go and practise what you remember from the class and we will see you back next week. "

Are you thinking to yourself - I don't have enough time to practise, or the space in my place to practise ?


Let us give you some easy ways to practise that won't take up to much time or space. It will help you improve your skills in dancing too.


Tip #1 - Write down the figures/moves in your own words


I still use this one - As a visual learner, I like to write things down in my own words or sometimes draw what the figures look like. I would generally do this just after my lessons, as it was still fresh in my head.


Tip #2 - Put the music on and think about dancing the routine in your head


Yes, It may sound silly but it works. Try it now, put on music for a Cha Cha Cha like Chilly Cha Cha. Now close your eyes and think of dancing your New Yorkers and Spot turns to the music. You're practising without having to move and you don't need too much space for this one either.


Tip #3 - Break it up into parts


If you find it easier to dance through what you want to learn but have very little space to practise then break the moves/ figures up into parts. For example in Waltz work on the natural turn , focus on one thing you would like to work on such as your footwork.


Tip #4 - Walk through the figures you have learnt just after class

When it's still fresh in your mind - walk through the dance for about 5 minutes after class/ lesson, This one is great for Kinesthetic learners .


Tip #5 - Focus on repeating an figures/movements for 5 minutes day


Set some time aside to practise the figures, movements for 5 minutes a day this will help with your muscle memory. I suggest in the morning, but everyone is different.


We are all unique dancers and we all retain information differently

Remember everyone learns differently, so the ways you practise will be slightly different. Let us know how you practise your figures and dances to improve what you have learned and to retain the knowledge. 



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