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WHATCHA LOOKIN' AT?

Updated: Nov 16, 2020

Delibrate Practice


I woke up this morning with a few ideas swimming around my head for my blog today.


But when I received a text message from one of the dancers I've been private coaching it was clear what I wanted to explore.


Focus.


See, the dancers who I work one-on-one with text me videos throughout the week of them working on certain skills. I reply back with encouragement and tips to help them practice correct technique until the next time we meet.


I find it very helpful so they're not creating bad habits between our sessions.


Anyway, one particular skill this student is working on is balancing. Going from a nice solid prep into a rise on one leg with the other in possé.


Question:


When you're trying to balance where are you looking?

What are you focusing on?


Go ahead. Try a balance, I'll wait......


How'd it go?


If you were really trying you were probably focusing on one thing and I would have seen a look of concentration on your face, right?


This student's eyes were all over the place in the video she sent me.


She was going through the motions.


She wasn't really focusing on what she was doing.


She was doing 8 rises because that was her "homeworkwork" but she wasn't mindfully doing the movement....


What's the point of doing something if you're just "going through the motions"?


Do things with intention...


With the intention of doing it better each time you practice it!


My husband has a phrase for this.... deliberate practice.


Oooooooo! Do I love that!!!


Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and the other person is on their phone or looking everywhere else but at you as you're trying to tell your story.


Does it feel like they're even listening to you?


No.