Practice Makes Perfect - Or Does
The #1 most cited advice to how to become a better salsa dancer is "Practice, practice, practice!". And
of course there is a big truth in that statement. Without practice there is no way for you to become better. In
fact, it will always take a lot more practice to improve something than you think in the
But this advice leaves out a very
important thing: It's not the fact THAT you practise, but HOW and WHAT you practice, that will make
all the difference!
If you repeat and repeat a
certain thing only to find out in the end that you practiced it wrongly is a waste of time and very difficult to
reverse. You have just been enforcing bad habits. It is always much easier to learn something new then to re-learn
something you've habitualized.
Understand What You're Doing
Always have a clear idea of what
you want to achieve. If you're not sure what you're supposed to do ask your teacher or find more information. Make
sure you have a good understanding of the movement you're trying to do and compare it to what you're doing wrong.
Where exactly lies the problem? What detail do you need to do to change or improve? Don't just blindly repeat an
exercise; repetition is your friend only when your doing it right or at least better. Evaluate your progress and
see if your getting closer to your goal, if not, change something.
We all reach points where
suddenly things are not working anymore and are actually getting worse. That's the point where you should stop
doing what you're doing, or at least move on to something else. Your mind simply can't take in any more
information, and your body needs a rest to integrate the movement. Often we don't feel that point before we're
way past it, pushing on frustratedly. Try to become good at recognizing those points, it will make your practice a
Things will most definetly take
more time than you expected, so go easy on yourself when you don't see results at first. That doesn't nessacarily
mean that things are not working. Your body normally needs more time than your mind to "get it", since it will have
to learn to unconsciously execute as opposed to merely understand.
Salsa Practice Tips
Most people tend to rush through a step or
movement again and again, wondering why things are not improving. You really have to slow it down, much more
than you think. If you feel like you're doing it in slow motion you're getting close. You have to give yourself the
time to really be aware of the little details that you're doing.
When we do something in the tempo we're used to, the body goes on autopilot and
we will just repeat what we normally do, and we will be unable to change anything.
One Thing At A Time
Dancing is multitasking, but when you practice that is not
always a good idea. Pick one thing to work on, then move on to the next. Don't get confused with too many
corrections at the same time. Sort out the different elements and then work on them one after the
Practice Less But More Often
Trying to squeeze an hour of practice into your day is
admirable, but for most people just not possible. If you actually manage to you often find you don't know what to
do with that hour unless you have a practice plan. It's much more advisable to
take 10-15 min (or even just 1 or 2 if that's all you have) and then pick one thing you want to work
Integrate Your Salsa Practice Into Your Daily Routines
Try to practice cuban motion when you're brushing your teeth
or walk to the fridge, do a spin on the bathroom floor everytime you go to the toilet. Check your posture and
balance when you're waiting for the bus. There are many ways you can incorporate your salsa pratice into your daily
Find A Practice Partner
If possible try to team up with someone who also wants to
improve their salsa dancing. Make sure both of you are getting to work on the things you want to. Give each other
constructive but honest feedback, and try to avoid compensating for each others mistakes.
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