Asked on Bug’s Question of the Day on Facebook:
Is there such a thing as working too much on the basics?

The popular answer is no (see thread). The correct answer is yes.

In lindy hop, we’re taught to spend most of our time focusing on the basics, not to worry about the moves. In every private lesson I’ve ever taken, “the basics” are the main course. How many times have you heard that to be advanced means you’d think it’s fun to spend a week of dance classes just working on your swing out?

And how many times have you thought to yourself, “If I have to break a swing out down into infinitesimally smaller parts one more time, I am going to scream!”?

Nothing wrong with a little angst and suffering in your dance practice. Really. If it’s all fun and games, then you’re probably not pushing yourself.

And there’s safety in being a good dancer. It’s safe to work on your basics for years and years and say, “Look! I am finally good because I have a great swing out!” It’s the popular thing to do. It creates order from the chaos of learning to dance. It secures your spot as a top dancer in your scene.

Secrets of Better Dance Practice tileBut what if you’re working on basics to avoid working on things that are harder, bigger, scarier? The dance adds up to something much, much larger than all its building blocks (as fascinating and worthwhile as they are).

Don’t you want to know what that is?

If you need more help getting in the practice groove, download my online course: Secrets of Better Dance Practice.

Special thanks to BQOD & its fans for asking awesome questions.

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