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This week, I want to give a shout-out my supporters and tell you about a NEW FEATURE on DWT! (Scroll to the bottom if you are impatient.) Click to continue »
Learning lindy hop fast is everyone’s dream. While faster is not always better, it CAN be better if you do it more systematically.
Right now, you’re probably doing the “grab bag” approach. You’ve taken the intro lindy hop classes in your town, you take workshops here and there, probably social dance a lot. Perhaps you’ve even taken a few private lessons (good job!).
Before long, however, you will hit an invisible wall where progress feels excessively difficult.
The wall (or plateau) feels frustrating because you don’t know how to get past it. You are missing information, and you don’t know what it is.
Want to fill in those missing pieces? Click to continue »
Let’s face it, we’re all nerds here. We’re all smart. We’ve all felt unabashed enthusiasm for learning. We all kinda hate the bar scene and huge parties with tons of inebriated strangers. We’ve all felt like outsiders.
Don’t believe me? Let me tell you a story.
The year was 2006. I was a swing dancing noob attending the aptly named Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. Hundreds of dancers were seated in a dimmed ballroom, waiting for the next competition. Our mutual adrenaline electrified the air.
All eyes were on the emcee. But he decided to have a little fun. Click to continue »
We all like to look up to the good dancers. I support this; it’s great to have role models.
But how did they get so good? Stop spending such a massive quantity of your time wondering! It makes Rebecca sad.
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, it’s not magic. It’s also not “natural talent.”
Dancers get good by doing lots of things differently. Read on to find out 22 uncommon actions they take and why you should too.
NOTE: Most lindy hoppers I’ve asked aren’t 100% satisfied with their dancing. If you’re in that camp, follow the directions at the end to get the most out of this post. Click to continue »
Okay, you finally got up the courage to go to your first dance class. Good job! Here’s the real challenge, though: You feel like an idiot doing this thing called “dancing.”
You can criticize yourself into a coma if you try hard enough…
But I have a better idea. Let’s not pay so much attention to those nasty thoughts. You know the ones: “I suck at this,” or “I feel totally stupid,” or “I look like an asshat.”
If you want to get over feeling stupid and make it through class, here’s what to do. Replace those thoughts with this mantra:
“We’re all in the same boat; the teacher is on my side; and it won’t feel like this forever. Besides, I’m awesome.”
Lemme break that down: Click to continue »
Have you ever wished you could be perfect? Do you cringe every time you make a mistake?
Let’s talk about that. Chances are, it’s holding you back and suffocating your confidence.
This post is a letter to myself, one I badly needed to receive about six years ago. It addresses my struggle with both the dance scene’s expectations of and my inner need for perfection.
I’ve always known that perfection is not actually achievable. But intellectual knowledge apparently didn’t stop my deep seated desire for the appearance of perfection, and all the angst it brought me.
Sadly, I forgot to go back in time to give Past Rebecca this letter. So I’m giving it to you instead. Click to continue »
I am an advanced dancer. Do you know what it’s like to be me? Are you sure?
Turns out newbie Rebecca carried a lot of wrong assumptions about advanced dancers. These assumptions reach almost mythic proportions in the lindy hop community. It seems like every scared newbie believes them.
I’d be doing you a disservice if I let you believe these myths. Let’s break it down. I’ll tell you what it’s like to be me, and what I found out about other advanced dancers once I got to know them. Click to continue »