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« on: June 25, 2013, 04:27:07 AM »

Especially if,for financial or other reasons, you're limited in how many lessons you can take?

If you google it (and I did,of course  Grin )  you can find suggestions everywhere from arrive early enough to warm up to take notes afterward.

http://dance.about.com/od/getstarteddancing/a/Most_of_Class.htm
http://www.openexchange.org/archives/JAS08/seyer.html


What kinds of things do you do, to maximize the benefit from your dance lessons?
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 08:35:41 AM »

we also take notes when we are with visiting coaches and with our own coach we always practice the night after our lesson and go over the things we were working on the night before. strange thing is that my memory is better about them the day after than the night we  have the lesson Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 08:46:03 AM »


What kinds of things do you do, to maximize the benefit from your dance lessons?
One word PRACTISE!!

And if at all possible do so immediately after the lesson to review what you learned.  Another benefit is that often the teacher hangs around so if there is something you got wrongyou can get quick tips Wink
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 10:44:33 AM »

Does anybody use video?  Does that help?
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 02:29:40 PM »

Does anybody use video?  Does that help?

We tried it - its a good way to recall the details but its a lot of work going through the video to find them. 
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 03:18:43 PM »

I find that notes are the most helpful for me,but only if I write things down immediately after the lesson.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 03:34:01 PM »

I find that notes are the most helpful for me,but only if I write things down immediately after the lesson.
same here - though I find the benefit in writing them more than in reading them after Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 03:37:02 PM »

Same here.  My notes make no sense to me later. lol.  But by then, I have already reinforced the ideas in my head. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2013, 12:33:58 AM »

we video sometimes and I like to see it as you notice things you do that you dont realize look that way on the floor, particularity my head in NV.

also in modern, we would do it about every six months, and it is good to review the notice quickly so you remember what you have written, but because I do minutes for 7 different meetings I am good at notes Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2013, 02:53:30 AM »

Watching yourself on video can be quite enlightening. Ha! That's one word for it. lol.

Aside: What's modern? I'm envisioning a solo dance form similar to jazz, but I doubt that's what you mean.
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2013, 04:06:15 AM »

Some people call Standard as Modern, and I think that that is what she meant. The terminology is confusing for me because modern means modern contemporary to me (some form of ballet/jazz).

I just went through my note I wrote years ago - and it was kinda fun. Originally, I did it because I was trying to figure out what to put into practices. When I read through my notes, I found a few things that I forgot about, and new perspectives on things.

How do you take notes? I used to make really really detailed notes (like describing how it feels like, so I could reproduce it later on). I also notice some other people just jot down main ideas (I imagine that these are the kind of notes that people forgot what they wrote). Currently, I am trying to take notes electronically - I found it much easier to organize, and edit. 
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2013, 04:14:18 AM »

Hmm. I'll have to think about that before I answer.  Not sure what kind of notes I write.  (Bad notes is the first thing that comes to mind. lol)

To be honest, though, it doesn't really matter much what I write.  It's the writing itself that helps me, because writing is auditory,kinesthetic and visual all at the same time.  The information is getting into my brain at least three ways at once.
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