2018


#9 Learn To Dance: My Schedule Content

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Okay this is what I do in my practice sessions, please, please! alter this according to your personal circumstances. Tuesday: 1 Hour Session I.. warm up for about 5 minutes, I always do this to music, it just makes it more interesting. 2.. I take notes from my Monday night class, on what I need […]

#8 Learn To Dance: Practice Schedule

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As a musician I understand how important it is to practice and as a music teacher, this is the most difficult rule to pass onto students without sounding like a sergeant major in the army. If you read my blog regularly you will remember that I nearly always comment from personal experience rather than from […]

#7 Learn To Dance: Listen To Music

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I doesn’t matter what style of dance you choose, you will need to listen to the music, I can hear shouting!! But I do listen to the music all the time, yes so do I, but now you need to listen as a dancer. This is a simple break-down of what the band plays. Drums […]

#6 Learn To Dance: Inner Critic’s & Physical Pain

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Your inner critic is your negative self, that keeps telling you, that you just aren’t good enough, to old, to young, to fat, to thin, I just can’t remember the steps, everybody is better than me. You get the idea, our biggest critic is ourselves, but if you are reading this blog, you must be, […]

#5 Learn To Dance: Learning & A Mentor

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Dancers who want to progress will enrol in a dance school, and you will learn a lot from the experience of a professional dancer. My dance teacher is amazing, she works out everything out during the lesson, and she will break down the steps into small sections and will do more complicated steps  at half […]

#4 Learn To Dance: Critic’s & Partners

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Think on this simple point: If a child starts to dance, family and friends give them loads of encouragement, and rightly so, this is a gift that could last a lifetime. This all changes from the teenage years and upward, WHY? It’s called peer pressure. What’s that? The social influence a peer group exerts on […]

#3 Learn To Dance: Video or Mirror

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To be honest I think this is one of the best things you should put into practice, if you are serious about becoming a dancer. The dance school that I attend has huge mirrors covering the wall, and I managed not to look at myself for about 2 years because I was so focused on […]

#2 Learn To Dance: Find The Time To Practice

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I don’t teach dance but I do have my own music school with four part time tutors, so I do know what it takes to practice, it’s self discipline. You take your body to the place where you are going to practice and DO IT! Right ok. Music and Rhythm Before you do any steps […]

#1 Learn To Dance: Getting Started

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I started ballroom dancing in 2008 with my wife Karen, the only kind of dancing I had ever done before this was free style (or embarrassed but doing it anyway and Ceilidh. Karen had several trophies for Highland dancing, and I mistakenly thought she could obviously dance anything. The problem was this;  when we danced […]

#21 Screenwriter: To Write & Re-Write

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We have been through quite a journey, getting a handle on what our story is about, creating the Central Question, and taking our protagonist through their archetypal stages, from Orphan, to Wanderer, to Warrior, and finally, to Martyr. You’ve answered all of the questions along the way.  Now, what? Dive right into the screenplay and […]

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