Turn Your Swing Dancing Weaknesses into Strengths!

As Swing Dancers, we are always learning and improving our ability - from technique, styling, musicality, improvisation, balance and your leading and following to name a few. In order to be the best swing dancers we can be, we should be able to identify areas of weakness, and turn them into strengths. When working on these areas, it's a great idea to work on your weakest three elements. Once these are no longer your weakest elements, move onto the next. This will keep you motivated and ensure you swing dancing as a whole improves across a number of areas Identify Your Weaknesses You may have an area in your swing dancing which requires improvement. It may be a weakness you are aware of, or you may be oblivious to it. As such, it is important to identify these areas and prioritise the order you wish to work on them. Swing dancing has so many facets, it can be easy to overlook key elements. You can identify these areas of your swing dancing by asking a dance partner, swing dancing friends and most importantly, your teachers and instructors. You can also try film your swing dancing during practice session and review the footage. Ask a Teacher or Swing Dancing Friends It can be difficult to work on an area in your swing dancing if you don't even realise it exists. This is where your swing dance Sydney community comes into play. Your teachers are always a fantastic go-to. They can point you in the right direction and help put a plan together for you to get your swing dancing where you want it to be. Be aware, you may receive conflicting advice from these sources. My suggestion is to take what works for you, and leave the rest. Take the most relevant points, try them, figure out which ones work best. These are the points which are going to improve your swing dancing. The swing dance Sydney community is welcoming, friendly and very supportive. All you need to do is reach out! Accept Your Weaknesses We all have strong and weak points in our swing dancing and this is part of the human condition. Accept these with an open mind and willingness to learn. This will tailor a safe and supportive environment around your swing dancing, making it easier for the local swing dance Sydney community, your trusted sources and teachers to convey the information you need to turn your weak points into strong points. Develop Your Own Strategies & Practice Practice Practice Develop swing dance skill building drills which target your areas of improvement directly. For example, you may identify balance to be an area of improvement. within your swing dancing. Now, let's look at some skill building we can do to help improve balance. Again, your teachers can help with these if you're not sure how to put together a skill building drill. Your drill may look like this: - Right leg balance, lift left leg - Squat on balancing leg slow, maintaining perfect balance - Hold pose for a few minutes - Return to standing, remaining balanced - Lean forward into a "superman" pose, remaining balanced - Hold for a few minutes - Return to standing, still maintaining balance on your right leg - Change legs and repeat Always keep practicing your swing dance drills, and add difficulty to them as they improve. During your drills, be aware of which muscles you are using, how you are using them and how this can be incorporated into your swing dance. Every type of skill will require different strategies, and it can be difficult to know how to approach these areas. Once again, your first best point of contact are your swing dance teachers and instructors and the local swing dance Sydney community. Consider a Private Lesson with an Instructor Private Lessons and Group Lessons are a great way to help improve your dancing. Your teachers will discuss with you your goals and work with you to achieve these goals. You can ask your teacher for their ideas and suggestions on any skill building routines. They can show you triple step drills, spins and turns routines, body isolation activities and so much more. Once you are comfortable with these, you can practice them anywhere, without a partner! The key here is you are practicing correctly with proper form and technique. Practice on Both Sides When Relevant It's easy to fall into the habit of practicing what we know. While it's great to keep your strengths looking sharp, you should also be focusing energy on developing the weak points in your swing dancing. For drills such as spins and turns, footwork, and balance, ensure you drill both your left and right sides. Why not try the opposite role for a few dances at your next social night? Swing dancing is like a puzzle, and your role is only half of the puzzle piece. Having a greater understanding of both roles, being leading and following, will help you in your preferred role. Review & Check In It's always a great idea to review your progress with one of your swing dancing teachers. It is so important to keep your learning focused and on the right path. Ask swing dancing friends, your dance partner, anyone else that may be able to provide insight. Once you take a proactive approach to the areas of your swing dancing to be improved you'll build confidence and quickly turn these areas into strengths. It's always a great idea to have a trusted source guide you as it can be difficult to identify blind spots in your dancing alone. Keep motivated by creating drills or routines you can practice at home or before and after class and above all else, keep positive! #PrivateLessons #DevelopYourSkills #SwingDancing #ImproveYourDancing #SwingDanceSydney #SwingDanceInnerWest

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