Keeping A Dance
Improving your salsa dancing means working on different topics both simultaneously and progressivly. You work
on different subjects like musicality, styling and body movement, you're taking classes with different
teachers, all emphazising different things and techniques, you take additional workshops and practice at home
and on the dancefloor. It's difficult to keep track of all the information, but also of the way you're progressing.
Here's where a dance journal comes in handy. Get a small notebook you can take with you everywhere you go, and keep
track of the following:
A reason for frustration is
often that we don't realize that and how much we're improving, because there is always a new problem we need to
deal with. It's easy to forget how much you struggled with something a month ago, that you're now doing
Keep track of the little tips
that you're getting from your teacher (if you have more than one, write down who said it). Occasionally go through
the feedback and notice if there are any patterns, like problems that are showing up again and again, or when
things are getting better.
Use your journal to keep track
of all the information that your coming by, like "rules of thumbs", explanations of how to do things and why, and
Note down exercises the
teacher shows you, so you can do them at home. Make sure you write down how to start, important points to
remember and what is the point of the exercise (what are you supposed to accomplish).
Feedback From Other
It's always useful to remember
the feedback of the people you dance with. And I don't only mean their direct comments, but also the non-verbal
stuff. You may find as you advance that people become more eager to dance with you, and that things work better.
Also notice things that are never working with so-and-so, but that work effortless with somebody else. It
might give you valuable feedback on the possible root of problems.
Find a way to jot down turn
patterns and moves. It's difficult to do this in writing, you might want to scribble stickfigures or
geometrical patterns. Everybody will eventually come up with their own shorthand. Write down the name of the
pattern/move or make up your own, discribe it as best as you can. It will help you to consciously break down
patterns and recognize the elements they're made of.
Write down the things that are
unclear to you, that you want to know more about or things you want to ask your teacher next time in
Write down websites that have
been recommended to you, the name of the song that the Dj just told you, the teacher you should check out if you
ever travel to ..., etc.
Goals & Practice
Write down what you want to
accomplish and set up practice plans. Track your training schedule, what you practiced when and how it
worked, and what you plan to do the next time/week/month.
Ideally you would take some
time right after class to write in your journal, when the information is still fresh. Also go through your journal
before you go to class or out dancing, to help you remember important things or decide what you want to work on.
Review what you did last week in class and be prepared to build upon that.
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