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Time to Design a New Action Plan!

Uncategorized Jul 17, 2019


July is here ... and it’s time to design a new Action Plan for this month to maximize achievement. Begin by investing time and attention on techniques that contribute to improving your base foundation.

One way is by developing better foot work:

  • The use of ‘inside edge ball flat', clarifies timing, gives speed, and allows the body actions to finish when moving onto the foot.

Being connected to the floor is vitally important for quality of movement. One of the primary keys to maintaining control is the connection between the feet and the floor. The Hip Lift Technique uses the method that requires the dancer to arrive on to the whole foot quickly, which gives the dancer the needed control, power, balance, and stability after the step is taken.

  • The use of 'ball of foot’ delay, helps a dancer achieve, greater control and the (50/50) connection to the floor when shifting weight,

When transferring weight, the standing foot helps shift the weight to the...

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New Bonus HLT Lecture Video now available!!!

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2019

In the coming weeks we will be making available 4 new streaming lectures discussing the HLT concepts of being authentic in American Style Rhythm dancing.

The first of these lectures on Cha Cha is now available for those who have purchased our streaming video course. The other new lectures will be added soon. Stayed tuned on our web site and on our Facebook page for more info.

Please click link below to see our Bonus video introduction with Decho Kraev and Bree Watson dancing a cool Cha Cha.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrANo49FpUY

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Does Your Dancing Spark Joy?

Uncategorized Apr 11, 2019

There are eons of books to read . . .

and services to buy to help us organize, de-clutter and streamline our lives.  Within that milieu, best-selling author Marie Kondo’s book titled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up hit the ground running in the U.S. after phenomenal success in Japan and Europe. 
 
However, it’s Kondo’s thought-provoking one-liner, “Does it Spark Joy” that has found its way into discussions far beyond the more mundane question of whether a piece of clothing or a knick-knack is still worthy of keeping. 
 
“Does it Spark Joy” has become a euphemism for relationships, career paths, and even heralded on sermon boards outside churches asking the ever elusive question of life- Are we missing something? Is there something greater than our mere existence?
 
Which brings me to the real question of today’s post. Does your dancing spark joy?
Not in others but deep inside of you? 
 
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Love Good Dancing!

Uncategorized Feb 06, 2019

Every year, presents quite a conundrum . . .

We want to start fresh - have a new and improved look, incorporate the latest trends in choreography, add new steps and exciting patterns.  It’s only human to be tempted by a shiny new toy, the latest gadget or by revamping our material.  But should we really throw out all the old with the new? That depends. 

The short answer is that although it’ is important to stay fresh and ‘au currant’ deep down, we all also know the plain and simple truth - nothing beats beautiful basics. Of course, our heads are turned by flashy choreography and great showmen. However, until you are skilled enough to pull off any material, relying on good, solid, basics are a better bet. Gambling results on the latest trends, constantly changing choreography before it has a chance to settle into your body are common mistakes that can be easily avoided if we sift down to what is most important.

The question-...

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Start the New Year Right!

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2019

As we start a New Year . . .

. . . it’s natural to review our life, our goals, and the intentions we set for 2019. As you look back, I hope that you are happy to be dancing as dancing is one of the greatest expressions of joy. Nonetheless, as we know all too well, it’s instinctively human to strive for more and to set our goals a little higher and a little farther as we progress through the dance of life. With that in mind, I’d like to make a bold suggestion. For this New Year’s resolution, I propose you try the HLT method for 111 days.

Have you heard of the 21/ 90 rule? Science experts tell us that it takes 21 days to form a new habit and 90 days to cement the change and make the new application or habit permanent. I guarantee that if you use the HLT method as your personal dance trainer every day for the next 111 days, you’ll be rewarded and astounded by your transformation.  Created by the legendary Sam Sodano and with 3X U.S. Rhythm champions...

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Ball of Foot - Split Weight

Uncategorized Jan 17, 2019

Being connected to the floor . . .

. . . is vitally important for quality of movement. Connection gives the dancer control, power, balance, and stability. One of the primary keys to maintaining control is the connection between the feet and the floor.

When transferring weight, the standing foot helps shift the weight to the receiving foot. The Hip Lift Technique requires never to push or release weight completely off the back foot too quickly. Early release of pressure from the ball of the back foot loses connection to the floor causing lack of power, control, and stability. The Hip Lift Technique uses a connection caused by use of split weight (50/50) between the standing foot and receiving foot giving the dancer a feeling of center balance.

This delay clarifies timing without losing speed and gives the dancer the necessary control when moving onto each step. To achieve greater control and understand how to use a (50/50) connection to the floor when shifting weight, order your Hip...

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Rituals

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2018


In my last article
. . .

 . . . we discussed how to perfect our approach to practice. Today I’d like to take a look at how other champions approach their training. Let’s start with some of their more eccentric rituals.
 
- Michael Jordan wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every single game of his legendary career.
 
- Serena Williams bounces the ball five times before her first serve, then twice before her second serve.
 
- New York Mets reliever Steven John "Turk" Wendell jumped over the baselines when walking to the mound and brushed his teeth between innings.
 
- Mia Hamm, fames soccer player, always ties her right over her left when she ties shoes.
 
- Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, former third baseman for the Red Sox, earned the nickname "Chicken Man" for eating chicken before each game. He also drew the word Chai (Hebrew word for life) in the dirt before taking his turn at bat.
 
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Practice makes perfect? – or does it?

Uncategorized Nov 09, 2018

I once heard a coach say, “If you would only practice perfectly, then you wouldn’t have to practice so much!”  He was being sarcastic of course, but underlying his facetious comment lay a grain of truth.

 

How do you approach your practice?

Do you arrive mentally alert and prepare your body to dance by warming up or do you grab a Venti Americano from Starbucks, throw on your dance shoes and mark through your rumba sloppily a few times before you feel ready to start your lesson or rehearsal?

I would make an educated guess that most of you fall in the latter category- and I get it- there’s normal life, schedules, and deadlines all competing for our focus and time. But what if we approached our practice differently? What if we tried to dance perfectly every time?

Now this suggestion is not meant to throw all you A-Types into a tale spin of rigidity or suggest a neurotic behavior of chasing perfection that will only backfire. Instead, let’s take a...

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Trapped or freed by Technique?

Uncategorized Oct 25, 2018

So if the truth shall set you free, does that also work with technique? 

Dance is a process, a journey, a peeling back of the layers of an onion to reveal the next gem or nugget of information that not only inspires you but helps get you to the next level of your dancing.
 
But can too much information or too much technique impede a performance?  The answer is yes. As dancers we often get coaching that can seem conflicting or confusing at the time. Coaches can only impart their interpretation of the dance from their perspective. Sometimes one coach’s words resonate with us while another coach’s suggestion is confusing. We can often feel as if there’s a backpack of corrections that we carry into competition and it’s a burden to do all those details perfectly. On the other hand, without instruction, without direction, without structure, we cannot improve steadily forward.  
 
This is where the HLT can really help. It was created as a...
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What do Kung Fu and Dance have in common?

Uncategorized Oct 07, 2018

Hello Dancers!

I recently happened to be flipping television channels and paused on a movie about Bruce Lee, the famed martial artist. In the film the master teacher from Hong Kong said that Kung Fu is not about fighting, instead it’s about “self-exploration and self-discipline.”

I then decided to research what the definition of dance was and according to Wikipedia – Dance is a performing art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has aesthetic and symbolic value and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.

The master’s words about self exploration and self discipline and the definition in Wikipedia struck a chord with me as these explanations were also a perfect description of the HLT online training course.

One can dance for joy or to simply express oneself but the art of dance is on another level and requires self- exploration and self discipline. To dance in a way...

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