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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Definition of Insanity!

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2018

Hello Dancers!

It’s been said that training the same way over and over hoping to get a different result is the definition of insanity.

So did you train for this year's big competition and find yourself in the exact same placement? So many dancers are training this reality by only dancing routines when they’ve never fully developed the technical basics necessary to execute with precision. If you're someone who doesn't dance the way you should considering how hard you train, this is for you.

Start today and identify the area of your dancing that you want to change. Maybe it’s in the area of your foot actions, leg and knee actions, or hip actions. The improvement we all want is absolutely possible, but the first step before you can benefit from working harder is to work smarter.

Order your online HLT training videos and take action right now on one or all of your improvements. If you’re ready to take control of your dancing, wait no more.

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What is Genius?

Uncategorized Oct 04, 2018

Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% Perspiration - Thomas Edison

We all have sat in the audience and marveled at a performance of a Champion that is riveting, spontaneous, and effortless. They appear to be dancing in the moment, passionately expressing their art with skill and precision. Is their performance inspired? Undoubtedly, but underneath that inspiration is the two P’s - Preparation and Perspiration. We’d all like to feel that moment- that performance where it all came together, felt easy, and effortless.

HLT is designed to help prepare you for those magical moments on the dance floor. The Hip Lift Technique breaks down the technique underlying the basic movement in a simple to comprehend, straight forward approach. HLT prepares you for your competitions by building your basics with precision. Follow our champions Decho and Bree as they demonstrate a systematic course created by the Rhythm man himself, Sam Sodano. HLT will improve your method of movement...

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Bolero HLT Video Lectures Now Available!

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2018
 

And now the dance you’ve been waiting for - the most romantic of all the American Rhythm dances - the Bolero! HLT is here to take your Bolero to the next level. Please click your "My Online Videos" tab above to see the Bolero HLT Lecture Videos. They are now available for viewing, with the Swing HLT Lecture Videos coming soon.

Bolero is unique as it combines Cuban action with rise and fall. Guided by 3X Rhythm Champions, Decho Kraev and Bree Watson, this fourth part of the HLT Rhythm series will teach you the specific application of HLT for Bolero while reinforcing all the Hip Lift Technique you’ve learned from the previous three videos.

HLT for Bolero Advantages:

  • A clear system to learn and explain Bolero hip movement
  • Technical breakdown for bolero hip movement
  • Understand weight transfer to create balance and shaping
  • Excellent resource for teachers, professional competitors, and students alike 

HLT & Bolero!

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