15 Pieces Of Advice From Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet
Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet are one of the most loved standard dancers. Their long career has been filed with great results both in Amateur and Professional division. Among their best results are titles like Blackpool Amateur champions and WDSF World and European Professional Standard champions – WDC & WDSF.
In our podcast with Emanuel & Tania, we have discussed many things, but here are 15 pieces of advice from them:
1. Don’t talk more than you dance. We need to use the body, not the mouth.
2. Competitions are important but don’t forget to have fun.
3. When you’re in the studio practicing and having lessons you need to be there 100%.
4. You have to be prepared mentally and physically. If one of these two is missing, you’ll have problems during the day of the competition.
5. Respect each other as dancers and as human beings. Respect your competitors and your teachers.
6. I am a big believer in not having huge teams. Big team = many opinions.
7. You must be sure about what you really want to bring to the dance floor.
8. You cannot have just one lesson and say this teacher is good or bad. You need to give it a bit of time to find the connection and coordination.
9. You need to go away a little bit sometimes from the natural tuning waltz.
10. I would like to see a little bit more the girl in the couple – the male dancers are trying to cover too much the ladies.
11. Stay focused on creating proper quality dancing. The quality of movement and technique behind it is the solution to having a better performance.
12. Do not go for fast solutions.
13. PRACTICE! Spend as much time as you can really practicing.
14. As a teacher, you need to understand who you have in front of you. Every couple is different and every dancer is different.
15. Stick to what you really know and to what you are 100% sure of.
If you want to listen to Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet’s story and find out what else they’ve shared with us, make sure you listen to the full podcast here.
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