#2 Short Film on a Shoe String: Your Mates

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I’m a fulltime musician, music teacher and songwriter, which brings me in contact with lots of incredibly talented people, young and old and I’ll give you one or two examples of this. In the previous blog, I mentioned Darren, he’s my technician, sound man for live gigs, plumber, joiner, electrician and a general  all rounder, […]

#1 Short Film on a Shoe String: Introduction

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As per usual this blog is based on my own experience, so I can only tell you what I’ve learned to date, and the information may well be updated in a later blog. If you have read some of my other blog, you will know that I’ve had very little formal education and I nearly […]

#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 The […]

#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 RhythmBefore you do any steps listen […]

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