How to Give, Receive, and Request Feedback

Dance feedback is like hugs. Everybody can benefit from them, but no one will admit to it, and it can get awkward to ask.An no one likes an unwanted hug.This article is your go-to source on how to gracefully GET and GIVE feedback. Read on to discover:The 3 conditions required for feedback to be appropriate:

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How to Give, Receive, and Request Feedback

How to practice smarter in small groups

Many dancers know they should be practicing and want to practice together…But how? This is a format you might not be used to, and the last thing you want to do is waste time and frustrate each other, right?Problem solved!In this article, I’m going to explain how to practice effectively with a small group of peers

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How to practice smarter in small groups

What’s Your Dance Profile?

Can’t get your body to do what the teacher expects? You could be dancing in the wrong profile. I’ve got good news for you:It’s not your fault – there’s nothing wrong with you, but you need different tools.You are not alone – most dancers are struggling to conform to an ideal.There is a solution – it’s

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What’s Your Dance Profile?

How to remember (and use) all the patterns you’ve invested in

Something doesn’t add up….How many WCS patterns do you think you’ve ever learned?Just calculate how many patterns you learn per week, then multiply that by how long you’ve been dancing.Now, how many of those patterns have you actually adopted into your social or competition dancing?Oof. That’s a big difference.That’s a lot of money and time

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How to remember (and use) all the patterns you’ve invested in

The Big Picture: Your WCS Blueprint

It’s hard to see the forest for the trees. Beyond your local classes, what else is out there? And how do you know if it’s for you?  Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a diagram or flowchart showing all the components of this West Coast Swing world and how they fit together? Showing all the

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The Big Picture: Your WCS Blueprint

Get Sustainable Dance Growth: How to Organize a Successful Peer Practica

Do you live in a community where there’s not a lot of dance resources? (dancers/dance parties/instructors)  Do you have a bunch of keen dancers that want to practice outside of class but aren’t sure where to start? Are you starving for feedback to know that you are on the right track? You don’t need to wait for the

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Get Sustainable Dance Growth: How to Organize a Successful Peer Practica

Coach’s Corner 2017 Year-In-Review

Quick access to the best 2017 articles you may have missed – SHARE SHARE SHARE!The Coach’s Corner blog allows us to discuss common topics our students asked, published in a format that dancers worldwide could learn from and respond to.  We enjoy “talking shop”, but for the blog I draw the line at skill development: physical

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Coach’s Corner 2017 Year-In-Review
Are you sabotaging your own dance progress? Be a better student and get more out of your investment! #teacherpeeves #becoachable #wcscoachscorner

Private Lesson Pains

No matter your level, when it comes to dance instruction, nothing gives you more bang-for-your-buck than private lessons. Private lessons are a part of a balanced dance diet. The one-on-one feedback fills your bucket with encouragement and homework to last you a few weeks to a few months of social dance practice. BUT, there are some

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Private Lesson Pains
Okay men, gather round. Time for some straight talk from MYLES! Be sure to share to spread the knowledge. #stuffyouneedtohear #notjustforleaders #wcscoachscorner

Guy-guidance and Dude-diligence: Q&A for the Westie-Men

MEN! You have questions, maybe you’re too shy to ask, or maybe you’re afraid of being judged for asking. Myles has heard it all, and is here to provide the answers! Champion leader Myles Munroe answers 21 probing questions from men who dance West Coast Swing, including 5 questions that everyone wonders about but avoids asking. There’s something

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Guy-guidance and Dude-diligence: Q&A for the Westie-Men
Now for a little fun! Ok a ton of fun. What we can learn from submitting to the rookie experience... #okbutfirstboing #allaboutheboing #bungeeworkout #thailandvacation

That Bungee Thing!

Every once in a while you experience something that shifts your perspective, and your world becomes more colourful, more vibrant, higher-definition. Suddenly the preconceptions you had are shattered like pieces of Lego, and you have a glorious opportunity to reconstruct them from scratch, with newfound wisdom. Emotionally, it could be the result of meaningful conversation,

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That Bungee Thing!
Are you getting what YOU need/want out of WCS? Get specific guidance for your specific set of needs and goals. #wcscoachscorner #behonest #westiewellbeing

What do you WANT?

And now for a little practical philosophy.Ask yourself: What do you really want in West Coast Swing? Social More people asking me to dance Confidence A social network Acceptance/inclusion Attractiveness/dating Admiration Identity Competition public success improvement trophies fame/status achievement (points) Skills Competence Mastery Challenge Self-expression through dance Kinesthetic/Sensory Satisfaction  Community more people to dance with

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What do you WANT?