BEYOND THE STUDIO:
IMPROVING YOUR DANCE SKILLS AT HOME
When it comes to anything, practice makes perfect-especially with dance. While you can learn all the necessary skills in the studio, practicing outside of the classroom is what will really help your dancing excel. But improving your dance skills at home takes discipline and focus. To learn how to take your skills beyond the studio and enhance your development, here are some of the best tips on how you can easily improve your dance skills in the comfort of your own home.
Schedule Practice Time
Just like your dance lessons, you should also schedule a time to practice your dance skills at home. A schedule will help to hold you accountable, and make it easier to remember when it’s time to practice. To avoid making excuses, create a visual calendar in plain sight and schedule in practice time each week.
Practice at Peak Energy Times
Don’t schedule practice sessions at times when you feel drained of energy or should be resting. Find a time when you often feel energized and focused. Peak energy levels determined by our natural circadian rhythms usually occur around 10am and 6pm. But if you can’t practice during these times, just ensure you don’t practice at a time that will disrupt your sleep cycle.
Dance class is best suited for learning new moves and for professional guidance from your trainer. Practicing at home is best for working on those corrections and mastering the moves before the next class. The more repetition of the movements, the faster you can advance to more new and exciting routines during studio time.
Create goals for your dancing and take the time to practice and learn to accomplish these goals at home. Setting tough but achievable goals will not only help you improve your skills, but it will also help you improve your commitment to the hard work and discipline that’s necessary to really excel.
Try New Forms of Dance
You can also improve your dance skills at home by practicing other dance forms. For instance, if you take ballet in class, why not practice contemporary dance moves or salsa at home! This can help you tone different muscles, and gain better form – promoting more overall strength and flexibility in your dancing.
Analyze Yourself on Video
Tape yourself dancing to later watch and analyze. This can help you improve and correct areas that you’re struggling with.
To become a professional dancer, it takes lots of demanding work and practice. Scheduling some time each week to work on your dance routines at home can take your dancing quickly to the next level.