Many people ask, “What can I do to become the best ballroom dancer that I can be?” Obviously, practicing and taking lessons are steps in the right direction. However, there are at least 10 habits that, if you add them to your daily life, are guaranteed to improve your ballroom dancing.
Do this to improve and grow your ballroom dancing skills.
The first thing a ballroom dancer wants is to increase and maintain flexibility. In order to accomplish this, stretching must become a habit that is done on a daily basis.
2. Weight training
A good ballroom dancer needs to be strong with well-defined muscles. Consequently, if you want to improve your ballroom dancing, weight training is recommended as it will help isolate different muscles to enhance performance. For this reason, I’ve included a link to this post, “The Best Beginner Weight-Lifting Moves for Dancers“.
3. A big-time cardio workout will go far to improve dancing
To increase cardio endurance, I can personally endorse engaging in a martial arts class such as Kickboxing. Kickboxing is recommended because it develops a healthy heart along with improving flexibility and strong muscles. In fact, to create the power needed when throwing kicks, you’ve got to engage the core.
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Consuming a well-rounded diet with carbs, fat, and protein will help promote a lean physique with strong muscles. Experiment with the percentages of each food group until you find the mix that allows you to be at your peak performance.
5. Massage or Chiropractic
A ballroom dancer, like any athlete, needs to spend time with the mechanic in order to stay in good working condition.
6. Drink lots of water
Anyone who is as physical as a high-level ballroom dancer will need to stay hydrated. So, get in the habit of drinking lots of water. ‘Nuf said.
7. Get enough sleep
Sleep will go towards repairing the body and preparing it for the next workout. With this in mind, read about “The Healing Power of Sleep” in this WebMD post.
8. Imagery conditioning will improve your dancing
Envision yourself achieving your goals. Granted, it seems crazy, but when you do this, you’ll be able to program your mind and body for peak performance. As a matter of fact, experts recommend you find time to enter this meditative state at least once a day, preferably when you’re relaxed.
9. Hot tub or hot
After just a short time, the warmth of a hot tub or bath helps to reduce tension and stiffness in muscles. Equally important, some say this is a good time to use those imagery conditioning exercises.
10. More stretching is a habit with a big payoff
You know, you can never do too much stretching! In fact, make it your mission to be the one with the lovely arms and legs. Also, go ahead and enjoy showing off the lines and extensions that others aspire to. Then, share your skill-building habits with them.
If you haven’t yet committed to improving your ballroom dancing with these 10 habits, perhaps a few minutes reading this Dance Safari post, “Why Dance? The Benefits of Ballroom Dancing” will help you make the right decision. (I used to hate it when my mother would say that, “…I know you’ll make the right decision.” Lol
There you have it, the secret to ballroom dancing success. Does it seem like it would be too hard to do? I hope not, because I feel like taking care of your mind and body will help you grow in all areas of your life. In the meantime, Viva Ballroom Dancing and Viva Vita!
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