First off, lessons this week:
This was prompted by a review that was recently posted on Google.
A student noted how a dance lesson is 50% dance and 50% therapy.
That is a very real part of dance that I forget to remind people about.
By focusing on one thing, but one thing that involves so much (movement, memory, connection to the music and interactions with others), dance can take your mind off much that troubles you. Also, because of the exercise and music, you get an endorphin rush. So you can feel much better after your dance lesson.
If you ever get the chance, then see the short movie I want to dance better at parties. It is about a man who is able to move passed the loss of his wife with the help of dance.
That is a great example of how dance can benefit you. Next time you are feeling down, always remember you have a dance lesson coming up and we are looking forward to seeing you.
This week in the group classes:
Get out and dance
You learn dance for a reason. To dance. So come along this Sunday to dance to The Geezers - https://www.facebook.com/events/137811634603842. With the music they play, you can dance R'n'R, cha cha, Lindy Hop and blues. Let me know you are going so we can get a table together.
In this update:
This week we will start new styles in the group classes. These styles will be:
These have been effective at getting people in so we will keep running them. Share this link with anyone you know who wants to learn to dance - https://www.destinedance.com.au/intro-4weeks.html
Best wishes to Gigi and Kevin
Kevin and Gigi have formed a dance-sport partnership and are training for competition. We wish them all the best. You might even want to keep tabs on them so you can go see them compete. I will keep you posted.
Men needed on March 28
You should recall that there is a live band at the club later this month - https://www.facebook.com/events/137811634603842. I am going and you are invited too. It's always good dancing to a live band. However, some women have already asked me if there will be enough men. So I am putting the word out now to invite the men and let you (the men) know there are women planning to go there who want to dance with you.
Just a reminder that the awards are coming up on 14 April. Even if you are not going for an award, then come along for the experience.
In this update the focus is all about how you can become a better dancer faster.
First method - Awards
I have a had a number of students commit to the April 14th awards night. Setting a date to master dances by provides great focus to get good fast. If you have not yet done so, then talk to your teacher more about what you want to work on for the awards night.
Also remember that this is a great chance to get feedback from a very senior dance adjudicator from the Australian Dancing Society on how to become an even better dancer.
Second method - Blues musicality
Over the lock down period, Anita and I did a series of online classes with Katrina Rogers - an American woman who has been dancing blues as part of her culture for her whole life. Anita and I have incorporated lessons into our own teaching. The benefits were amazing. I can still recall how surprised I was at the speed with which I saw students improve their musicality after one group lesson.
Even though it's all blues dancing, blues has the strongest focus on musicality of all the dance styles. That means when you get good at blues musicality, you get better at musicality in all your dancing.
I am therefore planning to get more Destine Dance staff to take these lessons with Katrina so we have more of this skill in the school.
But you can take these classes directly too. If you are really keen on learning more about blues dancing (and it's attributes) to be a better dancer. Katrina also likes teaching Melbournians - Anita and I left a good impressions for you - so you will have a good time.
You can read more here - https://bluekatbluesdance.com/home/ways-to-work-with-katrina/ - look at the Blue Kat Blues Crew offering and then register at the bottom. If you want to try just one class at a lower cost, then you can also do a drop in session - https://schedulemwenow.as.me/DanceBlues?fbclid=IwAR2i7TbguIRORpdSgQXkvii-MF0qgSiUtujbq1NsRcQRs3aIqPceqIEPyP0.
Third method - Get out and dance socially
On the 28th, I will be going to a barefoot bowls event - https://www.facebook.com/events/137811634603842. This is held where we have the classes so you know the location. The Geezers will be playing 60s and 70s rock and roll so perfect stuff for Lindy Hop, Blues, Jive and R'n'R. It's only $10 so a pretty good deal. Register on the event page and I will see you there.
Fourth method - Let me know what you would like to work on
If there is anything that you would like to work on that you feel has not progressed as much as you would like, then let me know. We will get something sorted.
Thanks in advance
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students