11 Online Courses For Soft Skills In Ballroom & Latin
Technique is crucial if you want to be a good dancer. But what do you need to do in order to achieve that higher level? Well, that’s when soft skills subjects like partnering, communication, musicality and style choice come into play.
I put together a list of 11 courses you can find at Dancesportlife Academy that will help you be a more sophisticated dancer.
A tip from me: because Santa Claus thinks we’ve been good this year & respected all the rules, we have all our courses on SALE.
1. Partnering Skills in Rumba by Espen Salberg
In his lecture at Dance Amore Roma 2019, Espen Salberg is discussing the sensitivity of lead & follow. Dialog and communication between the two bodies are essential in order to create togetherness.
Espen showcases in his lecture, assisted by Oxana Lebedew and Laura Zmajkovicova, two ways in which you can improve your leading actions:
- By knowing the order in which you need to communicate with your partner.
- By knowing the amount of energy/physicality you need to put into your leading actions.
Length: 35 minutes
2. Finding Your Dancing Self by Oxana Lebedw
Learning how to express yourself through dancing is one of the most beautiful and challenging aspects of dancesport. It’s something that allows a dancer to touch other’s hearts and souls. That is done by discovering and expressing your own uniqueness.
In this course, you will explore the freedom to show yourself as a performer. You will find out how to relate your own self to your dancing self by learning to be aware and open all your senses.
Length: 45 minutes
3. Mastering Of A Partnership by Oxana Lebedew
In a course that feels like a discussion with a wise psychologist, Oxana shares her pieces of advice on how to develop your partnership into something out of the ordinary.
She touches on subjects like how to communicate with your partner and how to connect. She offers examples on how to divide the duties in a partnership and how to choose a style for you, as a couple.
Length: 25 minutes
4. Samba by Slavik Kryklyvyy
In his lecture from the Gladiators Dance Congress 2019, Slavik is touching many important aspects that create and give samba the characteristic of a “body dance”.
He is pointing out that nowadays, many dancers and teachers forgot what are the core principles of this dance or what are its origins. Thus, the character of samba has been lost.
Length: 31 minutes
5. Movement In Rumba by Slavik Kryklyvyy
In this lecture, Slavik is focusing on body movements in rumba, while tackling subjects like freedom and fluidity.
Being the talent that he is, his lecture is truly inspiring if you want to develop your thinking in a more artistic way.
Length: 30 minutes
6. Creating Your Own Dance Story by Klemen Prasnikar & Sasha Averkieva
Klemen Prasnikar & Sasha Averkieva, WDC World Latin Champions, take you into a self-expression journey by playing with one of the most fundamental principles of dancing: connection.
In the first chapter, they tackle the physical connection. Then they show you how to stay connected even if you are not touching your partner. Lastly, they show you how to play with these types of connections to create your own dance style, your own dance story.
Length: 1 hour 25 minutes
7. Freedom Through Breathing by Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar
Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar are one of those dance couples that are simply meant for each other. They are currently semi-finalists in all the major events in WDSF Amateur Latin and former World Champions in WDSF Youth and Under 21.
The course is structured in three parts. In the first chapter, Paul & Cristina will show how deficient breathing can influence your mental state and affect your performance. In the second part, they explain how faulty breathing patterns can affect your body, especially your stamina. Lastly, Paul & Cristina shed light on how you can use breathing to play with your steps during your routine by creating a different dynamic.
The course is very unique and could be illuminating for many dancers out there, Latin or Ballroom!
Length: 34 minutes
8. Qualities Of A Long-Lasting Partnership by Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar
Long-lasting partnerships are something we all strive for. They offer us a sense of security and reliability, which helps us truly focus 100% on the dancing.
But how to maintain a good partnership throughout the years?
Through their 18 years of experience together as a dance couple, Paul & Cristina realized what worked for them. Now, they are willing to share some of their key ingredients of such a beautiful relationship.
This course will leave you with the impression that you just discussed with your most responsible and thoughtful friends.
Tip: This course can be found as a BONUS if you decide to buy Paul & Cristina’s course – “Freedom Through Breathing”
Length: 11 minutes
9. How To Make A Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle For Men by Madis Abel
This course is a step-by-step program designed for Ballroom and 10-dancers to give you all the tools needed to have a champion’s hairstyle.
You will find 20 lectures divided into 5 sections: Preparing your hair, Basic principles, Blow drying, Hair spraying, and Common mistakes. This isn’t fluffy theory stuff either. You’ll get real, ready-to-use tools that you can begin to implement immediately.
Length: 2 hours
10. The Details Make The Difference In Latin by Frederic Mosa
Frederic Mosa is one of the most sought after teachers and adjudicators in the WDSF Latin world, coaching top Latin couples.
In his lecture from Master Evolution Training Camp 2020, Frederic is showing you with the help of Andrea Silvestri & Marina Varadi the importance of details in our art.
Three of those details are: creating a signature move, musicality, and the connection between partners.
Length: 39 minutes
11. How To Make The Interpretation Interesting, Using The Musical Structure by Pietro Braga
When you say musicality in Standard dances you automatically think of Pietro Braga – one of the best teachers to go to if you want to excel in this area.
In his lecture from Master Evolution Training Camp, Pietro teaches you how to interpret movement by understanding the musical structure.
Length: 28 minutes
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