It has been said that in order to master something you must practice for a minimum of 10,000 hours. 10,000 hours is an incredible amount of time and is not a time goal that can easily be reached, and is in fact not reached by many. Practice is important whether you intend to become a master in your trade or simply perform it as a hobby. Kids practice riding their bikes, cooks practice their culinary skills, musicians practice their chosen instruments, and dancers practice their routines and dance forms. Here are some important tips to remember about your dance practice and why it is so important for you to do so.
It is important for you to practice the right movements. If you spend a week, or even a day perfecting a dance routine that is in fact incorrect then you must untrain yourself and learn the proper way. This can be difficult because you may find yourself second guessing and wondering which is in fact correct and which was the incorrect move. Be certain to receive proper instruction and ask as many questions as you feel necessary in order to retain what the proper form of dance is for your practice.
Practice Makes Perfect
Although it may be an overused cliche it still holds so much truth. If you choose to not practice at home or in the studio then you may have difficulty recalling what the next move is. Although some people may be able to skip practice and still perform almost perfectly, for the vast majority of performers practice is the only way they can perfect their form.
Practice in Front of a Mirror or in Front of Someone Else
An important part of dance is ensuring your body is where it needs to be when it needs to be. If you practice in front of a mirror you can see your postures and ensure that you have proper form required for the dance. Each dance style has different techniques that require practice in order to perfect. If you do not have access to a large mirror at your home practice space, request a parent or a friend who knows the dance to watch you and give you pointers on your form.
Dance is a great skill to have and is breathtakingly beautiful to see in performance. All great dancers have spent more than their fair share of time practicing in order to reach their full potential. To reach your own potential be certain to practice and practice the right way!