I hope you enjoyed the weekend weather as much as I did.
This week I want to talk to you about getting some of your technique back in preparation for the reopening of the studio. We have probably all become a little stiff, so it's smart to get the body moving again.
If you are keen, then I have organised something for you through a tango expert - Tomas Melgarejo. He is the guy that joined us when Destine Dance was on the TV Dance Awards.
Tomas is currently running online lessons on Saturdays in tango (and some other dances at other times). These are very much focused on technique - and ideal to help get you back in your dance groove.
The price is pretty good - $20 a month.
However, as a favour to me, Tomas will let you do the first lesson free if you want to test-drive it first.
You can learn more here - www.facebook.com/showydance
Or you can contact him directly to talk more about it.
Contact: 0431 037 786
All the best until next time
I hope the last week was good to you.
This is a short update.
As you know, the number of COVID infections is getting lower and there is talk of restrictions easing.
However, I am pretty sure that dance studios will be one of the last businesses to reopen.
That means we have time to get ready for it.
In the lead up, I will send out another survey to see what everyone is interested in. I reckon the last one would be dated.
So start thinking now about what you would like from dance upon your return.
Do you ever find when you are dancing - and concentrating hard on it - you are worried you will make a mistake? Or it's for a medal - that you get extremely stressed?
Sometimes people will realise that they were holding their breath while dancing. They were that stressed.
If you do, then the good news is that you can resolve this the same way you can resolve stress and anxiety in any situation.
One technique I have used in the past is visualising. Simply doing my best to imagine the situation so that I can induce the stress. Once the stress is induced, I keep imagining the situation while reminding myself to relax. I might also work on recalling things that I need to remember - the routine for example. As I do this a number of times - you can do this anytime and at many places - I am less stressed. I have found that while this does not remove all stress of the event, it does limit the stress considerably.
If you find that this is not enough, then try something more serious.
This is a weekly meditation and hypnosis session run online by a childhood friend of mine - https://www.facebook.com/groups/465533241019768 - it's free and you can make suggestions about what each session focuses on. I might even see you at one - I do them when I can. You will learn all sorts of things about controlling your thoughts and feelings. And that can help with more than just dance.
All the best until next time
This blog is written by the staff at Destine Dance and is inspired by the questions and challenges faced by our students