We know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to practice! So here are a few of our top tips for training at home:
Start from the beginning!
We realise there are a lot of classes to choose from, so here are our suggestions of where to start…
New to blues dancing? Start with the ‘Beginners Survival Kit’. Once you have completed this head to ‘Essential Skills’ and then work your way through the other courses in whatever order takes your fancy!
Not new to blues dancing? Start with the ‘Essential Skills’. Once you have completed these classes move on to the other courses in whatever order interests you.
Training without a partner? The Solo Series is the one for you. Plus all the moves in the ‘Jookin Moves’ course (Vocabulary Series) are taught solo.
Interested in teaching blues dance? We recommend you start with ‘Beginners Survival Kit’ so you can see how everything is broken down and explained from the first step.
Set a realistic schedule!
The great thing about our online school is that it is accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week! You can take classes whenever it suites you! If you can fit in 20 min a day, great. If you can fit in an hour on a Sunday afternoon, great. If you can fit in a 3 hour session once a month, great. Find a schedule that works for you, put it in your diary and try to stick to it!
How ever much the thought of this fills you with dread it is the best way to get feedback on your dancing. Often what we feel and how we look are two different things! So don’t be scared. Set up a video camera at the end of your practice and film yourself. Then make notes about what you see… what you like, what you need to improve, does anything look different to what you expected? These notes can then be the starting point for your next practice session.
Dance in front of a mirror!
This is especially good for solo dancing as you get immediate feedback on the shapes you are creating with your body and can make amendments then and there.
Buy yourself a special blues training notebook or use our course checklist! Make a note of which classes you have taken and document your progress. What were the important elements of each class? What new skills have you learnt? What skills so you still need to improve? Make sure you balance out the ‘I need to work on this…’ notes with the ‘I do this well…’ notes. It is as important to identify your strengths as your weaknesses.
If you are training with another person then find a way to give respectful, helpful feedback to one another. This is very personal and different people like to give and receive feedback in different ways so talk to each other about how you would like to do this in your first session together to avoid any uncomfortable / unwanted feedback down the line.
Most importantly… have fun!
Our online school is supposed to be educational and enjoyable! We have put so much love into making it and we hope you feel that as you start taking our classes.