Coming to you midweek to share something exciting! Back in the beginning of November, I had the chance to sit down with Wayne Eng and chat about The Solo Practice Guide for Ballroom Dancing. If you don’t recognize the name, Wayne is the owner of DanceVision, the largest producer of ballroom dance educational materials including the DVIDA syllabus and a huge library of training videos. He’s also the owner of Emerald Ball Dancesport Championships and one of the organizers of the United States Dance Championships. Needless to say, Wayne’s a busy man, so just the fact that we could find a date and time when we were both available was exciting!
Our conversation didn’t go as I originally anticipated. I came prepared to talk about why I thought pro-am students like myself didn’t need more lessons, they needed more practice. I mention some of the problems I see with taking only lessons in the video of our interview (comment below if you’d be interested in reading my full argument in another blog post). Of course, I would present the Solo Practice Guide as a helpful tool to assist students wanting to do more practicing on their own.
Instead, we spent the whole interview talking about the Guide itself! Just like I’ve encouraged people to do on this blog and in my books, we started with the “why”.
As you’ll hear, I created the Guide out of my own need. Necessity is the mother of invention after all! Training as a pro-am adult student is an entirely different path than our professional partners. I needed a system for practicing ballroom dance on my own that was effective but didn’t require me being in the studio for hours every day. I couldn’t find one, so I developed my own!
We also talked about the value dancers would find inside the Guide. The fact that it was written by a pro-am student meant its advice and guidance came from the student perspective. I didn’t just include the framework I use in my own solo practice, whether it’s 15 minutes or 2 hours. I included how I incorporated my dance practice with the rest of my busy life. I also wrote an entire chapter dedicated to mindset, which plays a huge role in our dancing and yet is rarely addressed in our training.
Somehow I managed to forget to mention a few critical points about the Solo Practice Guide during my chat with Wayne. Along with the advice and guidance on how to structure your practice in the way that’s most effective for you and add it to your already busy life without it becoming another chore or obligation, the Guide comes with worksheets to track your progress and share notes with your teacher. Oh, and another small fact I forgot to mention – using the Guide’s framework for a year resulted in me winning a World Champion title! It’s funny the things that completely escape your mind in the moment.
Without further ado, please check out a video clip of our interview and pay attention! You have a chance to get your own copy of The Solo Practice Guide for Ballroom Dancing!
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