Dance Practice At Home
As show time approaches for so many of us in the dance world I am reminded of times I would spend practicing my dances at home. I would work my way through memorizing the music, doing the moves in sequence repeatedly and performing in the living room for my puppy! I would work so hard to obtain my perfect splits and high kicks, stretch for hours to gain flexibility and more.
I have heard that some of my dancers at Clopper’s Mill Dance Center are practicing at home and I couldn’t be prouder, here, I’ll shout it louder, I COULDN’T BE PROUDER! Just want to make sure that everyone is being safe. Warming up before trying the challenging moves. Making sure there is no debris on the carpet or wood floor, don’t practice on concrete like you may find in a basement as it is bad for your joints. Also, preparing yourself for anyone to walk in at any time, having an interruption during your dance time should be expected.
My favorite thing about practicing my dancing at home is getting to listen to my music as loud as I wanted. This happened often and my parents were thanking each other for getting the sound proof doors to the beautiful wooden floor addition I insisted on taking over for dance. I also enjoyed working on technique that I needed and not just what my teachers thought the class as a whole needed.
Practicing at home helps dancers remember new moves, develop questions for teachers at their next class and gives them confidence in the dance as a whole so they are better prepared to take the stage come performance time. You better believe a teacher can tell if a dancer is practicing at home.