Tango Lesson: Leaders And Followers Each Have A Role To Play

In a TED-Ed talk inspired by Ira Chaleff based on his book The Courageous Follower, it shows that both parties, whether they are taking the leader or follower role, have their own parts to play. This is clearly illustrated in the Tango demonstration in the video.     While the …

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Training Journal: Frustration Point

At present, I admit I have hit a frustration point in dancing. While I am managing to hit my targets with gym training sessions (both for cardio and weight training), the dancing side has been a little infuriating with hitting a more emotional plateau after the competition intensity. So I’ll be taking …

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Training Journal: Why We Must Dance to the Maximum. Every Time.

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to go for a group lesson with a different coach (organized by my coach as a supplement for some of his students). While the focus was mainly on just the basic steps without the hip or arm actions, this coach was intent on us doing everything …

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Tips To Looking After Yourself In A Long And Intensive Event

Many seasoned competitors and performers will know this very well: having to push themselves physically demanding events in succession takes a great deal of energy and exertion. To those who are not used to handling energy overcharge, it is easy to fall sick within the next few days following the event …

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Pre-Competition Preparation: Finding Inspiration For Your Mindset

Unlike in performance situations where you dance your set routine to a fixed music and have less variables to consider, the situation on the dance floor doing competition is completely different. Even so, we can still find inspiration from some of the top dancers during competitions on the floor and …

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5 Steps To Creating A Simulated Competition And Why It Is Important

When it comes to competitions, many inexperienced dancers believe that practicing only their routines is enough. However, there is much more to the event…what happens if you bump into somebody? Or you forget a step? How about the noise distractions? The last thing you want is to mess up just when you’ve got the chance to …

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End of an Era: What We Can Learn From Michael And Joanna

If you have been following the events at the Blackpool Dance Festival, by now, you would have already known that one of the top Latin champion couples, Michael Malitowski and Joanna Leunis, have announced their retirement from competitive dancing after they’ve secured their 8th consecutive win in the Professional Latin category in …

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