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S02E02 This & That about videos

On Tuesday I did a broadcast on Swing Channel and gave some tips about filming your dance and then sharing it on social media. To repeat, I’m not a professional videographer, but I’ve done my share scripting, filming, editing and posting videos. Since so many things moved online, especially with #thisismyidea videos, I noticed some simple mistakes that could…

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S02E01 How dancers become teachers

Some dancers become teachers when they move to a town/city where are no swing dance happening. Then they start teaching, because they want to have someone to dance with. And there are some dancers who become teachers because they want to share what they know or they are able to teach, because of their experience/skills.…

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S01E19 Improved rotation in classes

Rotation that makes everyone equal. I haven’t felt satisfied with only leaders or followers rotating during the class. It’s not fare for students that only one role has to travel/has a spot. It’s not fare for some students who don’t get enough attention from teachers just because they stand in some spot that is too…

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S01E18 The dance qualities we should aim for

There’s 3 qualities Lindy Hop or other couple swing dancers I believe should aim for while practicing. Rhythm – being on time with the music. It’s not being off-beat, it’s controlling your every step and every movement so it has rhythm. Rhythm in general is timing. It’s when things happen. Comfort – being comfortable to…

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S01E17 Help your best dancers to become better versions of themselves

I want to get back to writing and sharing my experience. But to be motivated, I need to have a conversation. I need questions, problems and comments. I need you to tell me if something I said doesn’t make sense. I need you to tell me this is BS if you think it is. Otherwise,…

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S01E16 When To Twist And When To Swivel?

It just sounds better, but the subject should be “when to twist and when to rock step”. This post is about followers. How soon twists/swivels (from here twists) should be introduced? First of all, I believe twists is not a styling but rather a basic step. Twists can be substituted to rock step in some…

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S01E15 A Shortcut for your students

Why does a cheetah have a tail? For balance. Why do human beings have arms? ForĀ using a smartphone. But it helps to keep balance when dancing. Ask your students to keep hands up for the whole class when they are dancing and see the change. Notice how dancing becomes easier. Notice how much more control…

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S01E14 Musicality: part 2

The first step to making your students dance to the music is talking about it and teaching how to dance to the music all the time. It should come along technique and be taught in most classes, not just a few. When teaching a move you should add some variations that students could use. But…

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S01E13 Musicality: part 1

Your students will mostly dance what they have practiced in your classes. You are the one responsible for what they are practicing and what their focus is. I felt that my students could do better in dancing to music and I would talk about it a lot. However, musicality was the topic I would teach…

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S01E12 Slow tempo music = lazy teacher

In classes we teach people to dance. They should be able to dance onĀ social dance nights and parties. But are they practicing to the same music or at least tempos you or your DJ / band is playing during parties? Are you playing similar music on classes and parties? It makes sense to teach at…

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