Now that we’re past Thanksgiving and preparing for Christmas, I am amazed at how hard it is to get back into practicing. I have found that I need to be working on a couple of things simultaneously to get motivated to practice – especially when I want to do other things like put up decorations, shop, etc.
For example, right now I’m learning a new showcase routine – one that has been designed to focus on technique that I want to improve. So I need to both learn the figures (steps) and to execute them effectively, I need to improve my technique.
So when I’m bored with the technique, I can bounce back to simply learning the flow of the figures.
Fortunately my dance coach is also a master at breaking down the technique into micro-chunks so that I can isolate which parts of my body to use to initiate and flow through a specific movement. Thus he provides great exercises designed to both ensure that my technique becomes consistent, but also eliminates bad habits.
The best part of these exercises – I can do them at home — when I am in hermit mode and don’t want to go to the studio or when I need to squeeze in a few minutes of practice between conference calls or other work related tasks.
And thanks to this post, I hear the next practice session calling, calling, calling…