Ottawa Dancer’s Blogletter – 2018/07/02

Self Summer Practice

Although there are some classes and some workshops available over the summer, sometimes we still can’t fit it into our schedule and/or we’re enjoying some vacation time with the friends/family.  This is where self practice is a great way to keep moving and not lose the moves you’ve learnt so far from your teacher(s).  Here are some ideas to set up your own practice for the summer months, while you wait for the fall classes to begin.

  • Designate a time, where you set aside 1 hour each week, to dance
  • In this hour of time you can choose to grab any dance video you have bought and/or search YouTube for some drill practices which you can follow
  • Look at the videos from you class, if you were given permission to take video and/or have access to videos from class and practice them
  • Make your own music playlist and just dance without worry about having everything perfect; that’s what practice is for
  • Make a list of moves and/or combinations you want to drill and put some music on and drill away; you can treat this almost like those exercise drill list you see online and/or at the gym

Eurika’s Drill List #1 – All about circles

Remember to choose music that moves you.  Having different rhythms and speeds can make for interesting practices with the same movement adjusting to the rhythms and speeds.  Also remember to listen to your body, if it hurts, then stop and check if perhaps you’re overextending the movement.

  • 20 – Horizontal Hip Circles going clockwise
  • 20 – Horizontal Hip Circles going counter-clockwise
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles (Omi) going clockwise
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles (Omi) going counter-clockwise
  • 20 – Horizontal Chest Circles going clockwise
  • 20 – Horizontal Chest Circles going counter-clockwise
  • 20 – Vertical Chest Circles going clockwise
  • 20 – Vertical Chest Circles going counter-clockwise
  • 20 – Horizontal Hip Circles – with just right hip both directions (total 40)
  • 20 – Horizontal Hip Circles – with just left hip both directions (total 40)
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles – with just right hip both directions (total 40)
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles – with just left hip both direction (total 40)
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles (Omi) going clockwise with accents on hip down
  • 20 – Vertical Hip Circles (Omi) going counter-clockwise on hip down
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