How to effectively and efficiently use practice time in such a way as to maximize fun and development of dancing.
It is by no means uncommon to have an unproductive day of practice from time to time. You
might be sore or your partner might be having a rough day, and although it can be frustrating,
this is to be expected in any sport as partnership-reliant as ballroom is. But, if you've ever
looked back at your practices together and thought, "Wow, we're NEVER very productive," there
are plenty of steps you can take to make your time together not only more useful, but
significantly more fun. Having a great practice routine is not difficult, so I'd like to briefly share
with you three things to remember that will help give structure and efficiency to your practice
time: start positive, stay positive, and set clear goals.
**1. Start Your Practice Right**
The key here is to throw yourself into a positive attitude right away. This will set the tone for the
practice and make both of you more receptive and engaged in dancing.
**2. Stay Positive**
Now that you're warmed up and have the right attitude, do everything you can to keep it positive
for the remainder of the practice. A few things to remember to hold onto this:
**3. Set Clear Goals**
Having a smile on your face is not the only necessity for a successful partnership. In fact, one of
the most useful things you can do is to set goals in a clear and rigorous manner.
Overall, every partnership is different, so it's important to experiment and see what works best
for you and your partner. Regardless of your process for goal-setting or the ways you keep a
smile on your face, I encourage you to take this advice for a spin and see how much more you
can get done. Not only will be significantly more productive and engaged, but you'll have a lot
more fun while doing so.
About the Author:Jonathan is an officer for the University of Minnesota's Ballroom Dance Club and a member of the U of M's competition team. He is looking forward to competing at NCDC this year along with the rest of his teammates.
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