Things I Learned From Watching My Practice Videos

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen that I posted a few videos yesterday. If not, the links are on the side bar. Go check them out! I’ll wait.

My lessons and practice were cancelled, and I just couldn’t motivate myself to drive to the studio to dance on my own at the times I should have had partners to dance with. BUT holding to my “don’t give up” mantra, I decided to still get in a little practice at home. There isn’t room to effectively practice smooth, so I settled on working on my rumba and cha cha in the entryway of my apartment.

I’ve been thinking for awhile about recording my practices. Since I don’t have any recent competition or performance videos to share, I thought it would be fun to share the dancing I am doing instead, i.e., solo practices. I also wanted to dare to watch myself to see what I could learn. Maybe I could see what I was doing wrong that I couldn’t feel at the time I was doing it.

What I learned from watching my practice videos:

  1. When I think I’m holding my head really high, it’s actually only barely level with the floor.
  2. I look down a LOT even when I think I’m keeping my eyes up.
  3. My arms and hands hang in these weird halfway positions when I’m not thinking about them or when I think I’m holding them “casually.”
  4. I look more like a dancer, and maybe even a good-looking one at that, when I relax and smile.
  5. I didn’t look as foolish as I felt when I was attempting the spin in my cha cha routine.
  6. As far as I still have to go, I think my rhythm looks decent!

I thought I would be cringing the whole way through the videos I recorded of myself, but they weren’t as bad as I expected. I think I need to clear some space on my phone to make room for more practice videos!

Now I dare you to record yourself practicing and watch the video! Yes, of course you’ll be able to pick out every little flaw, but try the harder thing and pick out the positives. You don’t have to share it on social media like I did. Just give it a try. You might surprise yourself! I dare you.


3 thoughts on “Things I Learned From Watching My Practice Videos

  1. BCBallroomdancer says:

    I love using video for feedback. I have done so since my first competition and Boss regularly records pieces of my lessons to show me things I might not realize I am doing. He also uses videos of our practices for feedback, or to record sequences of routines to remember them. Whenever we are working on a solo he records a run through at the end of each lesson. We share videos through google drive. We always take a lesson to go through videos from each competition to discuss things that go well and things that need work. It is such a useful tool!!

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