Solo practice is often an underappreciated form of training, especially for dancers who are used to practicing with a partner. For practical reasons, you won’t always have the same schedule with your partner, or if you’re working with a professional, you may not always have the budget to cover extra training sessions.
With solo practices, it allows you to develop the individual skills that you can carry over to your practice with a partner.
The different ways of going solo
There are many ways to practice solo instead of just doing the complete routine except without your partner. You can also do specific exercises that can help you in the different areas that are difficult.
In this article, we will share with you four solo exercises you can do to improve your individual skills:
1. Prioritize form and perfect lines
Solo dancers excel in having a full understanding of their clean lines and posture because their main form of practice is by correcting their movements in front of the mirror. If you’re looking for a way to get some practice done even without a partner, using a mirror or a video recording to review your steps will help guide your form.
Since you won’t have to match another person’s pace and rhythm, you’ll be able to pay more attention to your form and transitions without keeping up with someone else’s pace. Use this time of solo practice to be mindful of your body’s posture and position in changing from one stance to the next.
2. Improve your balance and core strength
Regardless of the genre, dancing relies heavily on your core strength. Moving from one form to another depends on how you can balance your body through your core flexibility and durability.
An excellent exercise to do solo is prioritizing your balance. You can choose specific challenging points in your choreography where you’re in an off-balance position, primarily to lean on your partner. Knowing how to stop, hold, and shift your weight is essential so that you’ll be putting less load on your partner when doing difficult positions. Do this routine repeatedly to improve your muscle memory while subtly training your body’s muscles for better flow and control.
3. Focus on cues and feet placement
Successfully dancing with a partner requires a proper understanding of their physical and visual cues. Training by yourself will allow you to offer precise and specific responses to your partner’s steps the next time you dance with them.
In the next solo practice, pay extra attention to your feet placement so that it matches the line of your dance. It can also be helpful for your memory recall to do it from different starting positions.
4. Target your weak areas
It can be painful to admit, but dancers have their best and worst sequences. Though you might think that you have mastery over a routine, it cannot be denied that there are some areas that you’d rather gloss over as they aren’t your strongest points.
Solo practice gives you the chance to work on the steps that you find tricky or challenging. Instead of relying on your partner during these difficult sequences, you can now look for different ways to approach the step from a faster pace to a more controlled shift in balance. Take as much time as you need in exploring these areas, and you’ll be rewarded with a newfound understanding of a routine for your hard work.
Solo training is an essential part of improving your skill in couple dances and as an individual performer. It allows you to focus on and improve the areas that you wouldn’t have noticed while practicing with a partner.
Just because you might be confined to your home during the quarantine doesn’t mean that you cannot get some training done.
At Latin Revolution Dance Academy, we offer a wide selection of video tutorials and dance classes in Etobicoke to help you practice routines while you’re away from your partner. Visit our YouYube channel and get started on your solo practice session today!