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« on: July 18, 2010, 11:12:27 PM »

As a pro-am dancer, my time with my teacher is limited. We do not live in the same city. What ideas do you use to practise?
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 02:01:45 AM »

Other than practice by yourself I assume? 

Its a toughie - the best thing is to find a practice partner since it keeps you moving and trains your following skills - but I know thats a very hard thing to do.  You could also hire a partner - that way you canget a competent dancer for an evening.  There are lot of excellent amateurs that will do this.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 01:50:33 PM »

I am in the same position. So I just practice by myself. I kinda compile a list of thing I need to practice. Some are just exercises (like body isolations). Some are specific technique bits we're working on. I also go through my part alone, to make sure I can do it and stay balanced (in particular, open position work in american smooth). Armstyling for smooth is another thing to practice. Also, I have a set of dvds with solo exercises, and I go through them periodically.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010, 04:58:47 PM »

This is a tough subject for pro-am people. Practicing alone is not easy and most of time I get distracted. Instead of putting a real practice time, I try to improve one thing that I need to really improve. For example, I used to have a humped upper body position and had seriously heard 'shoulders down' from my teachers in every single class. But, not anymore. I have not heard this for a quite a while which is incredible for me. Also, I have a different posture that makes me look like a different person.
My next goal is how I can make myself taller, stretch my torso and stay like that. I feel it I am getting better and my teacher also mentioned that I get better. It makes my dance differently as well.
Once I am done with this project, I will try to improve my arm moves and hands.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010, 07:50:26 PM »

IMO a really good pro-am teacher will create opportunities for practice, free or at a low rate.  That is if they really care about the performance of the couple. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2010, 09:09:06 PM »

IMO a really good pro-am teacher will create opportunities for practice, free or at a low rate.  That is if they really care about the performance of the couple. 
I agree, but at what point does it become unethical to do so?  I'm only asking because in my experience when pros do that it's very hush-hush and the pro could lose a lot of students if they find out that one particular student is getting a better deal.  I am surrounded by pro-am dancers as am-am couples are the minority in my circle.  So they always talk about and wonder if so and so is getting a better deal and how unfair it is, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010, 09:12:59 PM »

I don't know why you presume it has to be unethical or unfair - my pro used to go to a social evening once a week and dance in turn with all his students that turned up.  None of us complained....
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2010, 09:40:11 PM »

That depends. When it is a somewhat long-distance relationship (face it, a 2-hour drive one way is not something people can do multiple times a week), you just don't get same opportunities as when you live in the same town.
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2010, 04:30:43 AM »

That depends. When it is a somewhat long-distance relationship (face it, a 2-hour drive one way is not something people can do multiple times a week), you just don't get same opportunities as when you live in the same town.
I see - thats another challenge...
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2010, 07:50:41 AM »

well we have to discuss with our coach what we can do while I am off the floor, I need to be able to keep up my fitness. and matain some of our dancing technique
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