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Re: Exercises
Posted by silver
8/22/2011  3:58:00 PM
There are so many exercises you can do that will help you dance better. Build your core strength using any exercises you find that you will do regulary. Friends have taught me a few yoga positions that really help, and I find that doing one-legged squats helps a lot. There is so much you can do, and it will make you feel better over time, as well. There had been some videos on Youtube of Marcus and Karen Hilton demonstrating exercises to build strength for smooth dances in particular, but they seem to have been removed due to copywright issues. They were excellent, but you need the visual of those.
Best of luck.
Re: Exercises
Posted by Stickman
8/22/2011  6:37:00 PM
Thanks for all of the advice. Hopefully this makes my practice time a bit more productive. I'm especially going to look for helpful yoga videos.

I went to my dance instructor with the same question, and she told me to make sure I'm always holding frame and posture while practicing my footwork so as not to spend hours teaching myself bad habits.

Initially, I spent extra time memorizing footwork shown on whatever dance instruction videos I could find, but it proved nearly impossible to find good videos teaching standard American Syllabus (taught at my local Arthur Murray studio). I may be be better off just working on what I already know -- I definitely haven't mastered it yet.
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