Madis Abel is a finalist in the WDSF Standard Adults World Championship, WDSF Standard European Championship, and GrandSlam Series. He is from Estonia and started dancing when he was 6 years old. Until the present day, even though he’s quite young, he counts many titles: WDSF Standard Youth European Champion and WDSF Standard U21 World Champion.
Madis, like any other dance champion I’ve come across, is hungry for knowledge. He wants to be the best and is a perfectionist. These traits are helpful not only to develop into a skillful dancer but also in other aspects of a dancer’s life – the looks.
By studying and learning from his mistakes, Madis learned how to master his hairstyle. In this interview-based article, you’ll learn more about the skill he has. Also, if you want to learn how to create a ballroom man’s hairstyle directly from Madis, you can check his lecture on Dancesportlife Academy.
Bianca: Madis, how did you become interested in perfecting your hairstyling skills?
Madis: Growing up, I let my teacher Aleksander Makarov do my hairstyle, and I felt fine, even confident. But the reality hit me when I was alone at a competition and had to figure it out myself. So I started to do my hairstyle by myself and I felt that I was doing a pretty good job. But when I compared myself to others, I realized that I wasn’t good enough.
One day I decided I wanted to get better and create my own perfect hairstyle, so I started studying and practicing. I began to look for different styles, shapes, ideas. I also relied on the tips my teacher, Aleksander Makarov, gave to me. He helped me a lot!
After all the practicing, I guess I got to a level where everything started to come naturally. It became easy to prepare for a competition and feel confident when entering the floor. It became easy to help all my younger students with their hairstyles. I’ve even had the opportunity to help my friends in the World Final of the Adult Standard category.
It felt like a superpower!
There are too many dancers out there who are not doing their own hairstyles because they are led back by their lack of confidence.
Bianca: Why is it essential for dancers to have a perfect hairstyle?
Madis: There’s an important truth in this sport – you have to have a complete look on the dance floor. Starting with your dancing skills and finishing with how you look. We are judged from the moment we step on to the floor until the moment we step off the floor. That includes how you walk, how you smile, and how you look. Your look is what people usually notice first. This is the first impression of you, and you get judged by that, too.
If you don’t look like you’re ready to win, you might lose to folks that don’t deserve beating you. It isn’t always fair, but deep down, we all know that this is how the world works. It’s a crucial aspect of your overall presentation during the competition.
Bianca: Why did you decide to create this course?
Madis: I wanted to help others, as well. I thought about the dancers, friends, or family members who are not sure how to create a hairstyle properly. My wish is to share my tips & tricks with them so that they can master this skill.
We all had those moments when we saw a professional hairstyle and wished you had a similar one. Or maybe as a young teacher, you hesitated to help your students do their hairstyles because you thought you could fail.
Each of us practiced doing a hairstyle for ourselves at home but did not turn up as you wish, and you let it go…You stopped trying…
And for sure, for many of us, only the thought of doing our hair on the competition day gives us a sort of anxiety.
I want people to feel confident, to learn, and perfect their hairstyle skills so they won’t feel like this anymore.
Bianca: What can we find in your course?
Madis: My course “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” is a step-by-step program designed to give you all the tools needed to take your hairstyle making skills to the next level. You will find 20 lectures divided into 5 sections: Preparing your hair, Basic principles, Blow drying, Hair spraying, and Common mistakes.
This isn’t fluffy theory stuff either. You’ll get real, ready-to-use tools that you can begin to implement immediately. You’ll also get my personal tips and explanations about my techniques.
You can go through the course at your own pace and watch the videos as many times as you’d like. Inside the course, you’ll have access to the comments section to discuss the progress and ask for additional help.
Bianca: Awesome! Thank you so much, Madis!
Madis: Thank you!
You can find Madis’ course, “How to Make a Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle for Men” here.
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17 Things Dancers Did During The Coronavirus Lockdown
Because of the Coronavirus, there is still a lockdown in some places around the world, while in other areas, the government adopted more relaxed regulations.
What is certain is that every single one of us had to stay safe in their homes for quite a long time.
All of us missed dancing. We even created a list of what you miss about dancing, a few weeks ago. This time, we asked you how you filled your spare time during the Coronavirus lockdown and how you maintained the love for dancing alive, and here is what we found out:
1. You trained in the garden at least 8 times.
2. Listened to your favorite dance songs. Probably The Empress Orchestra or Tito Puente was for sure on the playlist.
3. You’ve looked through your old dancing photos. Don’t worry, nostalgia hit us all.
4. You read a lot of books. (Book suggestion from one of our followers: Latin – Thinking Sensing and Doing in Latin American Dancing by Ruud Vremeij)
5. Stretching while watching your favorite TV show.
6. You’ve meditated so that you keep a healthy mind and spirit.
7. Practicing your dance routines by yourself. Don’t worry; knowing your steps and timing without your partner’s help is always good!
8. You’ve worked on technique. Going back to basics is always a good idea!
9. You jogged quite a lot. Well, cardio exercises are the best for a dancer’s stamina.
10. Keeping fit by doing home workouts.
11. You’ve watched endless YouTube videos of your favorite dancers.
12. You have at least 5 new ideas for your choreographies.
13. Doing Yoga/ Pilates every morning.
14. You’ve watched online courses on Dancesportlife Academy .
15. Watched the tons of Instagram Live sessions everyone did.
16. You had at least one private lesson online with your teacher.
17. You did nothing! And that is fine too! It’s been a hard time for all of us, and everyone dealt with this period in their way.
To all of the dancers and dance enthusiasts out there:
We know it’s a tough time, maybe some of you are feeling hopeless and even want to quit dancing. Do not ever forget why you love this sport and art form! Just keep your spirits up that this uncertain and sad period will end!
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Balance: Important Not Only For Your Dancing Skills
Balance is a crucial ability in dancesport. Without balance, we cannot maintain the positions and move gracefully. But balance is also essential in your muscular system. Muscle imbalance is one of the leading causes of injuries, and what is worrying is that it is so subtle and yet can do so much harm.
In this article, I am taking away some key principles from Costin Glavan’s online course – How To Get Rid Of Back Pain And Unleash Your Full Potential.
If you want to learn how to test yourself to see if you suffer from certain conditions, the science behind the issues and how to correct them, this course is for you.
Identifying Issues & Restoring Balance
Ballroom dancers wear heels all the time, and besides wearing heels, being on the balls of our feet with the weight forward is one of the first lessons we learn. These two things usually cause tightness and cramps in your front part of your thighs, feet, and lower back.
Now, maybe you don’t think that having cramps is such a bad thing. But this can lead in time to problems with fine motor control of the pelvis and legs.
One muscle imbalance that it’s often met in dancers is that they have overly trained quadriceps and less trained glutes because they stay a lot on their balls of the feet.
Having such issues, you won’t be able to perform as efficiently. Muscle imbalance also leads to increased chronic back and knee pain or joint pain in your ankles. In time, this also leads to an incorrect position of the bones in your joints, which causes joint injuries and lower cross syndrome.
In the course, Costin shows how to perform these tests from the comfort of your house and offers a set of exercises designed to correct and restore the muscle imbalance.
Access Costin Glavan’s course here.
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News About Dancesportlife Academy
Two of the essential aspects that drive our work are: bringing quality information and videos to you and finding the best ways to improve your experience with us. We analyzed all your feedback, and we have decided to make some changes to our online courses platform – Dancesportlife Academy.
Ending Our Membership Plan
We felt that the process of enrolling in our membership might’ve been a bit too entangled. So, we wanted to make the process as easy as possible, and we decided to end the membership plan. If you are a new client and want to buy any course or camp lecture from Dancesportlife Academy, it is a simple process.
“But the membership offered many discounts!” you might think. Don’t worry! We’re planning a lot of promotions, giveaways, and challenges.
Fresh New Courses
You probably already know us for our camp lectures recordings from Gladiators Dance Congres, Master Evolution Training Camp, Transylvanian Grand Prix, and Espen’s lecture from Dance Amore.
But because many of you adored Mirko & Edita’s course on “Fundamentals of Ballroom”, we have seven fresh new online courses coming soon on Dancesportlife Academy.
We just launched the first course from the new series. Madis Abel teaches in a 2 hours course “How To Make A Ballroom Dancing Hairstyle For Men” – it’s a step-by-step program designed for Ballroom and 10-dancers to give you all the tools needed to have a champion’s hairstyle. You can go here to buy the course.
Let’s have a sneak peek at the other six:
- Costin Glavan – a sports conditioning specialist and expert in postural correction, certified in one of the best methods of high-performance conditioning in the world. In his course, you’re going to go through a series of corrective exercises and stretches designed specifically to help you solve discomfort and pain in your lower back.
- Andrea Silvestri & Marina Varadi – WDSF Amateur Latin Finalists and Hungarian Latin Champions. They will focus on the Fundamentals of Movement in Latin. Their course will give you a good understanding of the movement principles, and then a choreography component, in which they will show you practical choreographies you can do to apply the principles.
- Oxana Lebedew – Showdance World Champion, multiple times Profesional Latin German Champion and Bronze medalist at the WDC European Profesional Latin Championship. This amazing lady of Latin will guide you in Finding your “Dancing Self “.
- Paul Moldovan & Cristina Tatar – WDSF Amateur Latin Semi-Finalists and former U21 Latin World Champions. In their course, Freedom through Breathing, they will show you the impact that breathing has on your dancing.
- Klemen Prasnikar & Sasha Averkieva – 3 times WDC Amateur Latin World Champions. They accompany you in Creating your own dance story. They tell you the ingredients that you can put together to create your own dance story.
- Emanuel Valeri & Tania Kehlet – Blackpool Amateur Champions, WDC & WDSF European Professional Standard Champions, and WDSF World Professional Standard Champions. We are going to let you guess in the comments section below what their course will be on! Hint: it’s something they love to teach!
We hope we made you excited! Please feel free to write to us about any other topics and teachers you would like to learn more about.
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