The Science Behind Mixing Up Your Practice Sessions—and Why In-Person Classes Reign Supreme

You’re probably better off spending a half hour working on 5 or 6 moves than drilling the same one over and over, and here’s why: hoopthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/02/ironically-i-blogged-once-this-morning.html

(TL:DR: your brain shuts off and you only know how to do that one move in that one situation. Not ideal for freestyles or new choreo).

This particular blog is about basketball (and more specifically, performance in a game) but it’s very relevant to dancers who will hopefully be able to perform moves in more than one combination.

Looks like putting a bunch of move names in a hat, drawing 5, then practicing them in order (followed by reverse order) is a good idea for that next jam session! Just think–attempting a chopper right out of a spin or from a pole sit is different than giving it a go from the ground, right? These variables strengthen your skills and deepen your understand of a move.

Also interesting: practicing on your own without classes in between might not be a great idea. This has probably been apparent to anyone who’s ever attempted to try a move at home and was completely stumped on how to do it again, but, even if you’re able to fight your way through it alone, you might be missing important technique notes without a teacher present.

Most pole studios off “free pole” time (not actually free–they usually charge $10-15 and hour to use the studio), and this unstructured practice time often comes with an instructor present for safety. Take advantage of this and ask for feedback or tips! Bonus points if this isn’t your regular teacher. A different person might mean fresh perspective on what you can work on.

Does anybody practice at home? Or have you forgotten  you can actually use your pole and have started seeing it as a ceiling beam of some sort? (guilty).

PS. What are these called? I’m going with “stag leaps” until further notice. I FEEL LIKE A FRIGGIN GAZELLE YAS

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