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There are certain mistakes that almost every student makes, whether a beginner or an advanced dancer. Some bugs wait at certain levels of development of dancers, some “errors” occur simply because of lack of equipment. But there are those that inhibit Your development, no matter what Your dance level, no matter how Technical you are. (“What do you need to do to become a good dancer?”)

1. The urge to do too fast
When we move at the speed we are used to, our movements are performed automatically. And we cannot change what we intend to do differently. Especially when we’re working on the details, we have to do it slowly, much slower than we think. Reduce the speed by half, and then do it again. If it looks like slow motion, it’s all right.

Of course, eventually You have to get closer to your natural pace. In addition, there are things you can’t practice slowly (like multiple spins), but You should always aim to work through the movements as slowly as possible until You have a clear understanding of what You’re doing and whether you’re doing it right.

2. Neglect of details
The whole point is in the details, and good technique too. If You practice too fast, You will definitely miss something. If You miss out on details or just don’t pay enough attention to them, it will make You make the same mistakes over and over again.

Most novice dancers do not have enough understanding of your body. But often even intermediate and advanced dancers are surprisingly little aware of what they do. Learn to watch and analyze Your movements, movements in space, degree of tension, position, weight transfer, music matching, interaction, and so on.

To master your body you need time, and you need to constantly improve. This is absolutely essential in order to improve Your understanding of how You move if you want to achieve a significant change in Your dance.

3. Underestimating the time required for practice
It takes time to become a good dancer, much more time than You think. Usually the dancers we admire have a few years more experience than we do, no matter what our level. So do not worry if You do not develop as fast as we would like.

Especially beginners will have to realize that 6 weeks of dancing lessons do not make You dancers. Even 6 months. It doesn’t…

Middle-level dancers may face the following problem: they are used to relatively rapid improvement of their skills at the beginning of training and expect that this will continue. That’s not so. The higher Your level, the more time You have to spend to reach the next level. (“How do you get a maskimum from dance lessons?”)

Advanced dancers eventually reach the comfort zone because they know or at least suspect that moving from good to great can take a few more years of intense training. Significant improvements at a high level require a lot of time and dedication.

4. The study is too long ligaments
The mistake that we often make is trying to learn too long ligaments, not paying enough attention to the moments that turn out worse.

Take a bunch and divide it into several small pieces. Separately, work out those moments that are the worst.

If something does not work, or Your teacher told You to do a certain detail differently, do a bunch up to this point, and then stop. Analyze what You are doing, whether it is what needs to be done. If not, correct and repeat until you get it right without too much stress. Only then continue to do the rest of the movement.

5. Focus on your partner’s mistakes instead of your own
This is often done by partners in regular classes devoted to various rotations. While the partners are busy studying the steps and figuring out how to lead a partner, the ladies begin to get bored and take “help” to their partner. Also more advanced partners (or those who grasp movements quicker) try to “rescue”. Don’t!

Roles in pair dancing partner and partner are different, and both require a lot of time and practice to achieve perfection. Do not be fooled into thinking that you have already studied your party.

Focus on your part. Do what the teacher told You to do and try to improve it. Don’t think You know what your partner should do.

Of course we feel when something is not working and with experience we will know well why. And of course feedback is always appreciated (and needed) if we want to improve. So giving Your partner feedback on how some things look and feel from Your perspective is a good thing. But don’t try to teach each other.

Try to remember all this the next time you learn something new. You will quickly notice the difference in the quality of your classes and improving your results.

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