How to improve, in dance?

13.09.20 10:14 PM Par Véroushka Eugène

Sometimes we feel like we are reaching a ceiling. This is a very good sign! This means that the time has come to work in depth.

What does working in depth mainly mean?

1- Develop a precise awareness of your body
Each of our members contributes to the movement. Even in the case of isolation (solicitation of one part of the body at a time), all the other parts of the body must be involved. The latter must indeed immobilize (or mobilize, if we think of the "core" and the pelvic floor, for example) to highlight the isolated part. So you need to know your body map well in order to know where to find what you are looking for. Literally. You should also know what is the maximum extent of your members from your center. Constant and conscious work of self-observation during the dance will prove to be very useful in your approach.

2- Create space in your mind to "unlearn"
Unlearning is in my opinion a great method of learning. Indeed, ignoring everything you think you know and agree to start from scratch is one of the best ways to discover yourself and confirm your achievements. Personally, that's why I love taking beginner level classes. Getting back to my basics is essential. It is a very instructive exercise thanks to which we give ourselves the time to absorb (much more than to integrate!) Knowledge in each of our physical and mental fibers. Do not hesitate!

                                                                                          3- Refine your execution
Let me give you a tip that I use to do this: there are movements that you find easy for you to perform. Use these to go deeper into your body: can I bend more, do I have to close / open more legs, would it be smoother if I was half-pointe on my left leg, my torso maybe Is it better to bend over or is it better with a straight back, twitch or bend? So many small placement modifications that can make all the difference in our fluidity and in our precision of execution.

In conclusion: Obervation - Unlearning - Adjustments.