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.  
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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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HLT Bolero Sneak Peek Video!

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2018

Decho Kraev and Bree Watson demonstrate the recommended way to complete the Bolero in this HLT Sneak Peek video. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please  click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.

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Bree Watson explains what the Hip Lift Technique is.

Uncategorized Jul 02, 2018

Bree Watson explains very simply what the Hip Lift Technique is. Of course, technique is always very important in dance and the Hip Lift Technique is a more structured way to implement the American Rhythm dances. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please  click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.

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HLT Cha Cha Sneak Peek Video!

Uncategorized Jun 09, 2018

Decho Kraev and Bree Watson demonstrate the recommended way to complete the Cha Cha Back Rocks in this HLT Sneak Peek video. To learn more about the Hip Lift Technique method for the American Rhythm dances, please  click the "Purchase Online Videos" tab above to purchase our full HLT Video Lecture Series.

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Bree Watson gives a HLT lecture on May 2, 2018, at La Danse, Cleveland.

Uncategorized May 17, 2018

A lot of dancers can get lost in the confusion of only their choreography, presentation, even "hard work". But the truth is, for ANY of that stuff to matter, you've got to first learn how to do the following basic principles.

In this video segment, Bree gives a breakdown of Swing HLT Foot action, HLT Leg acton, and HLT Hip Actions.

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Sam Sodano American Rhythm lecture at the 2017 Blackpool event.

Uncategorized Sep 23, 2017

May 2017 was a momentous year for American competitors at Blackpool; a collective sweep of the podiums and a historic occasion for American Smooth and Rhythm with the inclusion of Professional and Pro/am American Style competitive events.

Sam Sodano was honored to be invited by Bryan Allen, President of the British Dance Council, to once again present a lecture at the World Congress. The title of Sam’s lecture for this year was “Rhythm vs. Latin -What makes it different?”– and the theme of the Congress, “The Past, Present, and Future.” 

The lecture opened with an exciting demonstration of all five American Rhythm dances performed by the Brooklyn Dancesport Club.  Their performance was followed by an introduction given by Bill Sparks who provided some insights to Sam’s history. For example; In 1972, Sam was one of the first wave of Americans to compete at Blackpool, that same year he was a finalist in...

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