The Icon insists that his students keep a dance journal, taking notes during each lesson. I would do this even if he didn’t insist. It contains bits and pieces on footwork, timing, choreography, body movement, how much I’m going to spend on the next comp or showcase, what I need to bring with me for my next lesson or coaching … you name it, it’s probably in the journals — I start new ones every year and yes, I have built quite a library.
Next competition is Manhattan Dancesport, doing Rhythm on July 4th — 15 single dances and the Closed Silver Rhythm Scholarship. Whee whoooo …. so here’s a brief rundown (in no particular order) of what I’m supposed to not only keep in mind, but execute as well, in addition to staying on beat to the music, performing to the judges and the audience, and be focused and aware of my surroundings ….. OK, OK … here we go:
Technique — applies to all dances in general:
CLARITY and readability — quicks need to be quick, use all the space on the slows. Know your choreography so well that you could do it if you were unconscious
FOCUS on either your partner or the audience
Fully committing to each and every step; making sure your weight is fully on your foot, drop deep into the hip
Really work the legs and use the feet. And MAKE SURE the feet turn out and heels are together
When I asked the Icon about where I should be ending up in a particular pattern, he boiled it down to you are either facing your partner or facing front (the audience). When I asked him how would I anticipate where the front was, we quickly reviewed Line of Dance, and various directions thereof. Believe it or not, Open Rhythm DOES follow the line of dance, just like in smooth.
Bolero: strong CBM on check and exit, making sure to push out from pelvis.
Good grief. I haven’t even started warming up yet.
OK, to be continued. I want to get into the habit of being more specific in my posts in terms of what I’m doing in lessons and coaching rather than a general overall commentary.