Секрет тренировки чемпиона!

FullSizeRender-5Секрет тренировки чемпиона!

Тренировка – это, прежде всего, повторение одного и того же действия. Если вы учите новую фигуру или композицию (вариацию, схему, связку, цепочку), то вам нужно много-много раз повторять одни и те же шаги. Если вы хотите, чтобы у вас было сильное и красивое движение, то вам нужно много-много раз прилагать одно и тоже усилие. И наоборот, если вы будете постоянно повторять все элементы быстро и под музыку не задумываясь о мелких деталях, то никогда не сможете изменить свой танец к лучшему!Если вы хотите добиться точности, скорости и координации движения, то вам нужно много-много раз повторять одну и ту же последовательность действий.

Например:

это может быть усилие для того, чтобы выпрямить колено;

действие «выпрямить колено до того, как перенести вес на ногу»;

последовательность действий «повернуть корпус мышцами спины, вынести ногу для шага, выпрямить колено, начать работать опорной стопой, собрать пресс и мышцы ягодиц, перенести вес, растянуть мышцы корпуса и рук» т .д.;

усилие, чтобы натянуть стопу;

усилие держать пресс всегда собранным;

усилие держать лопатки всегда опущенными;

и так далее……

В двух словах, тренировка – это создание полезной привычки. Для того, чтобы ваше тело двигалось грамотно, скоординировано, пластично, быстро, сильно и красиво, нужно, чтобы оно привыкло так держаться и двигаться. А чтобы оно привыкло так держаться и двигаться, нужно много-много раз повторить одно и то же действие или усилие.

Когда полезная привычка создалась, тогда от нее уже трудно избавиться. Если вы очень постараетесь, и будете повторять специальные действия и усилия каждый раз, когда вы танцуете на тренировке, то вы очень быстро привыкнете танцевать правильно. И тогда вам не нужно будет думать об этом каждый раз.

Помните:

тренер не может создать вам привычку и сделать какое-то усилие за вас, потому что это ваше тело, а не его, и оно должно делать усилия, а не тело тренера, потому что это вам идти на турнир, а не тренеру и именно на вас будет смотреть судья, а не на тренера. Тренер может только объяснить вам, как это сделать, что правильно, а что неправильно, и что нужно сделать, чтобы у вас было лучше, чем у всех. А сделать это – это только ваша задача и зависит только от вас.

Выигрывает только тот, кто тренируется и повторяет чаще всех, сильнее всех, упорнее всех и дольше всех.

Танцоров очень много, а первое место только одно! Каждый хочет занять его, каждый ходит на тренировки, каждый старается так, как он умеет, но выигрывает только тот, кто старается упорнее всех каждую минуту на тренировке.

Одна минута на тренировке, когда вы болтали, были невнимательными или не старались больше всех – это еще одна пара, которая обошла вас на турнире. Соперники не спят! Они стараются на тренировках и хотят занять первое место не меньше, чем вы.

Тренер не может заставить вас танцевать лучше всех, тренироваться и выигрывать. Только вы сами решаете: нужно вам это или нет. Тренер не может научить вас танцевать лучше всех, если вы не делаете для этого все, что только возможно для этого сделать.

Проигрыш – это проигрыш ленивого танцора, выигрыш – это выигрыш талантливого тренера.

Если вы видите на паркете пару с четкими движениями и красивыми линиями в руках, знайте, что за этой красотой стоят длительные тренировки и многократные повторения каждого элемента! Отработка в каждом элементе каждой детали: работа стопы, работа бедер, рук, корпуса и так далее. Секрет красивого чемпионского танца прост- практикуйтесь чаще, доверяйте тренеру и не ленитесь!

The importance of finding a good partner in professional dance training

Finding a new dance partner is a delicate and problematic issue whether you are a beginner or have years of dancing experience behind.

One of the things that makes dancing such a beautiful experience is that two people manage to work as a team, to express genuine emotions together and tell a story on music, or even to simply create unforgettable memories. Professional dancing is not a sport where one can excel by himself, therefore all professional dancers desire to find the best partner there with whom they could form a successful pair.

The search of a perfect dance partner is not an easy task. The two persons that want to form a dance couple should:

  • have the same goals
  • practice the same style of dance: standard, latino or both
  • be physically compatible: height and weight criterias
  • have a similar baggage of knowledge

One of the things that should be kept in mind is that it is always easier to find a partner when you are starting to learn a dance, rather than when you are already advanced with the specific techniques.

There are a few things that should be kept in mind when searching for the perfect dance partner:

  1. Decide whether dancing is a hobby or a career path for you

It is important for the people forming a dance couple to have the same goals and expectations for the activity. Both persons should want to achieve similar results and they should both be ready to dedicate themselves to the intense training in order to achieve results.

  1. Decide what style of dance you prefer

It is best for the two partners to share a passion for a specific dance style. That way it will be easier to coordinate and practice will come natural.

  1. Choose a partner that you like spending time with

The two dancing partners will spend a lot of time together training for competitions, learning specific routines, etc. If the two like each other, they will be able to dissolve quickly any conflict that might occur and they can perfect their technique together.

  1. Dance with as many possible partners as you can find

A good dancer can easily perform with both a beginner and an expert as a partner. The variety of partners, of dance styles, of the way the partner understands the music’s rhythm and the dancing steps, of the way in which the partner leads or follows; they all represent a unique opportunity of learning. Besides, by trying out a variety of possible partners, one can realize easier which type of dancer would suit them best as a permanent partner.

  1. Be the perfect partner in order to have a good partner

There is a well-known saying that goes: Be the change you want to see in the world. In order for your partner to meet your expectations, you have to be a good example: come to practice on time, take care of yourself and follow the routine in a professional manner.

If you too are on the lookout for the perfect dance partner, for you or your child, get in touch with Dance DNA – Lifestyle Dance Studio. Also, you can check our page for dance partner in Toronto: https://dancedna.ca/looking-dance-partner-toronto/

Dancing traditions at weddings of different cultures

first dance lessonsA wedding is a special event in anyone’s life. Different types of traditions, activities, clothing and especially dances make the event stand out.

Everyone knows about the first dance tradition, the father-daughter dance or the mother-son dance. But do other dance traditions exist out there? How do people around the world dance at weddings?

Many countries have borrowed the tradition of the “Money dance” or “Dollar dance”, which is a gesture through which people help the couple start a life together. Traditionally, it involves guests having to symbolically pay with cash in exchange for a dance with the bride and groom. In Poland, in exchange for a dance guests pin money on a purpose-made apron that the bride places over her dress. In Greece it is part of the kalamatiano dance for the guests to throw money at the newlywed couple. In Nigeria this dancing tradition is known as the “money spray”.

In some cultures dance plays an important part in wedding celebrations. In Jewish weddings, for example, the guests entertain the newly weds by dancing in front of them. Some of the customary dances involve:

  • The parents of the groom or the bride dancing together when their last child is wed (the Mizinki dance)
  • The bride’s mother being crowned with a wreath of flowers while her daughters are dancing around her (the Krenzl dance)
  • Rabbis and family members dancing in front of the bride before dancing with the groom and, afterwards, the groom and bride dancing together (the Mitzvah Tanz)
  • The guests dancing around the bride with banners, signs, confetti, costumes (the gladdening of the bride dance)

In a Scottish wedding there are various other traditions which are always kept, such as:

  • The party usually starts when the bride and groom dance a traditional reel.
  • During the second dance the bride dances with the person of the highest rank amongst the guests.
  • The third wedding dance is called “Shiam Srping”. During this dance the bride dances with the best man, the bridegroom and the bridesmaids on a song of her choice.
  • The last dance is usually a “sword dance” at the end of which guests gather in a circle and sing Auld Lang Syne.

Irish couples choose a specific traditional set dance known as Ceilidh. While some of the dances of this type are named after a location (Siege of Ennis), others are waltz tunes (Home to Mayo).

A popular dance at Romanian weddings is called hora. On the alert rhythm of traditional songs guests hold hands and dance counterclockwise in circle spins with each person following a sequence of three steps forward and one step back, usually at a fast pace. In some variations of the dance the bride and the groom pair up with guests in the middle of the hora.

Depending on the cultural heritage of the couple and the location where the wedding is held, many dancing customs can be performed at a wedding. Be it a waltz, a tango, a dollar dance or a group dance similar to “Follow the Leader”, it is important for everyone to enjoy themselves.

Kids & Toddlers Favorite Dances

If you have a child who wants to take part in a fun activity after school, why not enroll him in a dance class?

Unlike most physical activities, dance lessons offer a wide range of benefits, such as improvements in their endurance, coordination and flexibility and being able to socialize and make new friends who share the same passion, among others. Furthermore, if your child likes it and is willing to put the effort into it, dancing could become more than just a hobby for him/her when growing up, but a profession that many would envy them for.

Whatever your child’s preferences are, rest assured knowing there are a great number of dance styles to choose from, each one with its own individual traits, so it’s very unlikely you won’t be able to find a style that appeals to your toddler. It’s best to do a little research about the different forms of dance beforehand and have a chat with the child about which one they prefer.

Here’s a little info about the most popular styles of dance today:

  • Ballet: Two words come to mind when thinking of ballet: beauty and elegance. This enchanting form of dance has, unsurprisingly, been the number one attraction for little girls worldwide for many decades. Not to mention the fact that they can wear pink satin shoes and a fancy tutu while moving gracefully. Ballet is an alluring art form, used to express our emotions through dancing, music and narration. But it’s not only that. It’s also a very thorough form of exercise for your child’s body, helping her develop full body strength and fitness. On top of that, it teaches them discipline and gives them the ability to follow instructions.
  • Ballroom and Latin Dances: Thanks to the huge popularity of TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance Canada, more and more kids are brought by parents to learn these various styles, like Foxtrot, Rumba or Salsa. Since it involves a lot of cooperation between the dancers and the instructors, your child will more than likely better develop his/her socialization skills than most kids their age.
  • Hip hop/B-boying: It’ a more recent dance form and it has become increasingly in vogue these past years, due to the popularity of the music it’s danced to, mainly Hip hop and R&B. It’s most appealing to older kids and teenagers, being quite a loose dance style, where anything goes, but also leads to very creative and complex choreographies that reflect their attitude. It involves a lot of spinning, kicking, jumping and turning, teaching children how to properly control their body, rhythm, strength, memory and also gives them more confidence in themselves.

No matter what style your child wants to get involved in, it’s a safe bet they’ll have lots of fun learning it. If you’re from Toronto or Vaughan, there’s no better place than Dance DNA for your kid to learn dancing, considering they can choose from a wide variety of styles, taught by   experienced and versatile instructors.

But dancing isn’t just for children. Why not join them, too? For more details, contact us at 905.597.3362

How to choose dance clothes – For Youngsters or Adults

Whatever style of dance you or your child chose to practice, it’s best complemented with the right dance wear. It’s also important to know the difference between the usual practice sessions and stage performances when choosing what to wear. Normally, the right dance gear is not dependent on the age of the dancer, only the style, so all you need to worry about is finding the right size.

When you want to practice a physical activity that keeps you fit and healthy, dance is certainly an excellent option for both adults and children. And there are plenty of dance styles to choose from, depending on what you or your child are interested in. The most popular ones for people of all ages are tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and ballroom dance. Just as with any other type of exercise, it’s very important to be properly and comfortably dressed and you should take care of this matter before enrolling into any kind of dance class.

There are some dance studios that are very strict when it comes to what is appropriate to wear during class, while others are more flexible and let you decide what clothes to bring. In any case, dance clothes should always feel very comfortable on you and not restrict your movements. They can normally be bought from sporting goods stores, dance specialty shops, especially the clothes needed for performing on stage, or from the Internet.

Each dance style has its own specific dancewear and it comes down to you or your child’s preference which one you like best:

  • Ballet: This particular style of dance has been studied and perfected for hundreds of years, having originated during the Italian Renaissance in the 15th century. When practiced from a young age, your child will develop great physical endurance and flexibility, mental discipline and self-confidence. In ballet, the dress code requires students to wear ballet shoes, tights and leotards. If practicing Pointe, a variation of ballet, you’ll need pointe shoes, the kind that make you stand on the tip of your toes.
  • Tap Dance: The dancer produces rhythmic sounds by tapping his feet on the floor. To make these sounds as loud and clear as possible, you’re going to need tap shoes equipped with metal taps.
  • Jazz Dance: This style is a combination of several forms of dance and requires plenty of flexibility and agility. Its most popular subcategories are Street Jazz, Modern Jazz and Old-Fashion Jazz. When performing on stage, bear in mind the costumes have to be flashy, attractive, sexy and well suited. Common articles of clothing for this style are cropped tops, hot pants, flared jazz pants and halter tops.
  • Hip-hop: It’s a modern form of dance, characterized by unconventional creativity and freedom for the dancer to exhibit its attitude. It can be performed solo or with a group. You won’t see any leotards or tights here, but baggy pants, t shirts and sneakers are more than welcome.

Whatever dance style suits you best, you’ll master it very quickly with the help of Dance DNA’s experience instructors, if you’re from Vaughan or Toronto. To get started, call 905.597.3362 today.

When is the best age to start Ballet Dance Classes?

Many studies recommend taking ballet classes from an early age, as that will promote the most beneficial long-term effects. However, many parents ask themselves just how old their children should be when they enroll them.

Most children develop an interest in music and dance from an early age, some even after taking their first steps, and parents should encourage them to pursue this path. The best way to do this is by enrolling them in pre-ballet classes, something that many schools provide for children over the age of three. They will be introduced to a fun and inspiring environment, where they are taught the fundamentals of ballet and rhythm, further developing their creative personality. Since they will get the chance to meet and interact with other children, that means their social skills will also get a big boost, an invaluable attribute throughout their entire life. Without a doubt, not all 3-year-olds have the required attention span during classes, so it’s recommended to wait for a year or two, a decision best taken after hearing the teacher’s opinion.

Between the ages of six and nine is when most youngsters begin studying ballet, as their concentration levels are increased, they are more capable of learning efficiently and better able to correct and maintain a correct posture when introduced to the basic techniques. In ballet, there are five basic positions, invented by Pierre Beauchamp, master of the art, that are incorporated in all of the moves:

  • The feet are completely turned out while the heels remain in contact, forming a straight line;
  • Very similar to the previous, the only difference being that the heels are spread apart;
  • The heel of the front foot touches the inner middle of the back foot;
  • Just like the previous position, but the feet are a step apart;
  • The toes of a foot touch the heel of the other foot.

Learning ballet at this age has many benefits that positively affect many areas in a child’s development. Their discipline and concentration will be greatly improved, meaning you shouldn’t be surprised if their grades in school get better, or at least they will start school on the right foot, if they’re too young. Like any other physical activity, ballet lessons open up the way towards appreciating and embracing a healthy lifestyle. Ballet classes give them the chance to perform in front of an audience or their colleagues, which bolsters their confidence and self-esteem, something every parent wants for their children, especially during their teenage years.

Even though many believe the best age to enrol your children in ballet classes is between six and nine, that shouldn’t stop you if your child is older and that’s something he/she wants. With proper motivation, dedication and hard work, it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to get the hang of it, and maybe even enjoy a bright career in ballet.
If you’re living in Toronto or near, you won’t find a better dance studio than Dance DNA, offering amazing facilities and the most experienced instructors. For more details, call 905.597.3362 today.

How to Choose a Ballroom Dancing Studio for Your Children

Enrolling your child in a dance studio is a great way to help him develop and grow, physically, socially and emotionally.

Unlike many types of physical activities, dancing requires a greater range of movement, endurance, strength, flexibility, coordination and muscle memory. It involves using all of your muscles, making it an ideal total body workout. Most children are naturally active and dancing helps them channel their energy into something constructive. Through creative movement, they can better express their emotions, while becoming more aware of themselves and the people around them.

Ballroom dance is performed by a couple, in a closed embrace. The most popular styles are swing, tango, waltz and salsa. There are also two main forms of ballroom dance, each with its main characteristics: social ballroom and competitive ballroom.

Social ballroom dance is the oldest form, having its roots in the 19th century, during the age of the polka and the waltz. In this type of dance, the mindset has to be selfless generosity towards your partner, as this is the person you are dancing for, trying to make it as enjoyable as possible for them, making it most suitable for friendly and sociable people. It has no fixed choreography and its main goal is for you and your partner to have fun, where mistakes are considered inevitable. As long as you get it right 80% of the time, everyone’s happy.

Competitive ballroom dance or Dance Sport suits well with the most rigorous and competitive of us, whose only goal is to impress the judges and win the competition. To get everything right, you have to be willing to work very hard because any mistake means a deduction of points. It is considerably harder than social ballroom dance, requiring many years of hard work to master it and to be considered one of the greats.

With that in mind, it’s best to choose a style that best matches your child’s personality. As for finding the right dance studio, the ideal situation is if you know other parents whose children are taking ballroom dance lessons and if they would recommend it for your child as well. If you don’t know any, try reading online reviews of the local dance studios, as long as they are available. Narrow down the list and do a little bit of snooping around to see which one is most qualified, preferably without your child at first, as he may just want to pick the first option you visit. Most studios let you assist a class and see if the instructors are to your liking and have a good way with children. Also check to see if their locker rooms and bathrooms are properly sanitized.

There is also the matter of additional costs, besides the tuition fee. Inform yourself if they will do any performances, especially if they’re out of town and how much money you have to pay for the costumes. The distance between your house and the studio is another major factor, as anyone wants to spend less on gas and waste less time in traffic.
Dance DNA is a highly accessible dance studio, located in Vaughan, ON, with top tier ballroom dance instructors, who love teaching children. If you’re ready to begin your ballroom dancing experience, call us now at 905.597.3362

4 Ways to Save on Dancing Costume

Want To Save On Your Dancing Costume And Gear? Here Are Four Great Ways to Do This!

Dancing dress, for both male and female dancers can be pretty expensive. The difference between normal and specialized dancing clothes is rooted in the fact that it has to be both more durable than normal clothing and much more comfortable. Dancing shoes that are not reliable will either fall apart or make your life a living hell. Continue reading

Choosing Dance Styles: Standard or Latin?

Perhaps you’ve been interested in learning how to dance for a long time now. Maybe you and your significant other have been yearning to do this together and finally have the time. Whatever the reason, choosing a dance style to focus on will be your first task. How can you make this decision? Well, it depends a lot on your style as a couple. You have two broad options: standard or Latin. Either way, Dance DNA offers several classes and time slots to fit your busy life. Continue reading