Last week we were talking new moves, about the Art of Choreography and the art of learning and remembering sequences.
The 6 six steps outlined in last week’s article focused more on helping you learn and remember new sequences and therefore they can help you build a strategy for picking up new steps faster and remembering them for longer.
Today we are taking this a step further…
Bringing your NEW moves on the floor
After being more strategic about how you receive and store the new knowledge coming in the form of steps… (haha)… sooner than later you will start noticing that picking up new moves is not the issue anymore… Building a great vocabulary will not be really a problem anymore…
What will be a problem is bringing all the new moves on the dance floor and integrating them with the routines and sequences you already.
Man is a creature of habit…
I am sure you have heard it said many times before… “Man is a creature of habit”… and like everything in life dance too is based on habits
Those habits will support effortless technique, mindful movement and of course creativity.
Though good technique might seem to be a very difficult habit to pick up on, I think creativity is much more challenging, simply because it pushes us to step out of our comfort zone and therefore make us feel exposed, weak, unsure, uncomfortable and even afraid at some level.
For these very reasons we will avoid 2 very common cliches:
- Just Do It!
Yes, you will need to take action at some point. Ideas and words will not take you there, you need actions. But having a recipe that you can follow instead of throwing in every ingredient available is also very important AND very comforting.
- Be present/ be in the moment/ don’t think
It goes usually hand in hand with cliche #1.
Though often times it is a good advice, unfortunately it only works for people who can by will erase the past– aka a very small percentage of people.
Being creatures of habit our past strong affects our future. Habits being built over years and years of good and bad experiences, are very tough to break–and movement habits are no different. There are some people who can disconnect from the past and therefore redirect the present but personally I haven’t met one yet…
What we will do instead, is acknowledge where we are now and then start making tiny changes one step at time.
5 steps to help you bring NEW moves in your Tango
Starting with realizing where we are, what we are really good at and where we are lacking. And then building new habits around our strongest anchors!
- At a practica or at the end of a class, dance a couple of different–in style– songs and get it on video
- Write down the sequences those videos have in common. The sequences you used the most in all your videos. These are your anchors!
The default sequences, the sequences that have become habits and therefore you do them without even thinking about them
- Choose 1 of those sequences… You will later add more to the mix, but start small
- Then during your next practice: Say: every time I do Sequence X(the one you chose) I will be doing Y right after it (Y being the new step you want to introduce to your dance)
Example: After every giro I will be doing a colgada
And actually DO it for the whole practica!
- When you start doing Y at free will, meaning without the need of the anchor–the old sequence you had it attached to–you can move on to another new sequence you want to include in your dance
Before you know your repertoire of moves will have grown immensely!
2 side notes that I think will be useful here:
- This whole process can be challenging and fun at the same time. Don’t let yourself get frustrated if you start practicing and you forget to do Y after X… haha… Laugh and start again!
It is bound to happen. It will happen to everyone and the more annoyed you get the worse is going to be.
So laugh it out and try again!
- I wouldn’t recommend doing this in a milonga, but not only for the reason you are thinking about–aka disrupting the flow of the pista.
A comfort zone is called comfort zone for a reason… You need to be in a state of comfort to indulge yourself to other things that are important in social dancing such as: connection, musicality, the embrace…
Allow yourself to find a place of comfort in a milonga, without having to think of anchors and steps.
You will wear yourself down if you don’t allow time for pure fun!
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“Fun Is Good” Dr. Seuss