– “Keep your balance!” – that phrase I had to listen to every other day for almost a year. And I could not understand why I left the path in some figures of the English waltz. The answer came when we examined in detail the video of the last tournament and then corrected the errors.
The key was very easy: arms and head!
The head is the heaviest part of our body. Who saw at least once the racing cars (Formula 1 or Formula 3000), surely have noticed that pilots, when entering a curve, especially if that is fast, tilt the head inward. They are forced to do so, otherwise they could injure the neck, because the centrifugal force simply throws the head out, opposite to the turn.
Or the paratroopers. It is enough that they make a slight movement of head so that immediately they begin to go around. The same happens in the dance. If we keep the chin on the line of the support foot and balance with the free foot, half of the balance is guaranteed.
The arms however, the perfect balance is not achieved only with the head. It is also necessary to keep the arms in correct position. And more specifically, the elbows. Try to travel by public transport at rush hour. If it is placed perpendicular to the bar and its elbow is parallel to its body, it will fall with the first abrupt braking. On the other hand, if you stand facing the bar and your elbow is in front of you, more or less below the chin, however serpentine the path, you will remain standing.
Your body and your arms should create a certain volume. And whatever he does, he must not move only the body, or the legs, or the arms, but he has to move all that volume, then his dance will be stable. But, and how do I move my partner’s place ?, he will ask me. In curves, any road has an inward inclination. Without that inclination, at a certain speed the car will simply go to the curb outside under the effect of horizontal centrifugal force.
Where does the energy of arm movement come from? Right, from the ground. However, it is very difficult to transmit that force horizontally. So you should tilt the body a little towards the side of the support foot, and then you will get the strength to move your partner.
Author: Alexey S. Eaonov
source: Dancesport Dancers Group
Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko Spanish winners Junior 1 10 dances (*PREMIUM COUPLE PROGRAM)
On Thursday 6th December, 2018, Spanish Champions of 8 Dances Junior 1 dances, Alexánder Gascón & Alexandra Zaiko (ELITE CLUB-VALENCIA) were proclaimed winners, winning all dances.
The Championship of Spain was held in Guadalajara, near Madrid. The competition was established among 28 couples from all over Spain.
Trainers Valera Zaiko, Yulia Zaiko, and parents thank the other teachers with whom the couple works frequently: Lorera Costa (Spain), Guillem Pascual (Spain) Ilya Danilov (Russia).
GORGEOUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ADULT STANDARD IN VIENNA. 17-18 NOVEMBER 2018. Chronicle, results, photos and videos
This Saturday, November 17, in Vienna, the Standard World Championship was held. The technical and inspired dance of Dmitry Zharkov and Olga Kulikova allowed them to regain the title of world champion! For the fourth consecutive year!
Dmitry and Olga have risen to the highest step of the podium of the main tournament of the year!
As expected, the representatives of Lithuania Evaldas Sodeika and Eva Zukauskaite became the winners of the silver medal.
The bronze was taken by Francesco Galuppo and Debora Pacini from Italy.
The fourth position was obtained by the vice champions of 2018, Evgeny Moshenin and Dana Spitsyna.
In total, 81 couples participated in the World Championship.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WDSF STANDARD
1. Dmitry Zharkov – Olga Kulikova, RUS
2. Evaldas Sodeika – Ieva Zukauskaite, LTU
3. Francesco Galuppo – Debora Pacini, ITA
4. Evgeny Moshenin – Dana Spitsyna, RUS
5. Vaidotas Lacitis – Veronika Golodneva, LTU
6. Anton Skuratov – Alena Uehlin, GER
MYTHS ON THE PERFECTIONISM IN DANCESPORT
“Perfection must be a Tendency and not an Exigency”.
Many athletes, champions of different sports, share “a proven history of extreme perfectionism”.
One could then ask, is it good or bad to be a perfectionist? What does it mean to be a perfectionist? How do you become a perfectionist? and, can and should be changed to be?
Let’s explore these topics by examining various myths about perfectionism and highlight the consequences or recommendations for dance coaches.
Let’s begin by examining the most common mistakes about Perfectionism and its relationship with sports excellence.
MYTH 1 – DO ALL KNOW WHAT DOES PERFECTIONISM MEAN?
It is understandable that Perfectionism suggests different things to different individuals, given their multiple definitions in the literature.
The standard definition is the “tendency to improve a job indefinitely without deciding to consider it never completely finished.” For example, if it is negative we would say that “its excessive perfectionism is delaying us all” or if it is positive, it is said that “its excessive perfectionism has improved the performance of all “, depends on the optics and perspective with which it is observed.
Perfectionism has been defined generically as the “setting excessively high performance standards” and then, a more recent, formal conceptualization, as “a personality style characterized by an effort to establish impeccable and excessively high performance standards with tendencies toward too critical evaluation of one’s behavior “.
While researchers have not agreed on a single definition of perfectionism, it is universally accepted that the central aspect of perfectionism is the establishment and struggle for higher levels.
MYTH 2 -THE PERFECTIONISTS ARE ALL EQUAL-
As with any style or personality trait, no two individuals are the same and this is true also for perfectionists.
While perfectionists share the characteristic of establishing and fighting for high standards, many other interrelated characteristics differ.
For this reason researchers categorize perfectionists into two types: the “positive” perfectionist, also called normal, adaptable, healthy, functional or active, and the “negative”, considered neurotic, poorly adapted, unhealthy, dysfunctional or passive.
Let’s look at the characteristics of these two types of trainers and perfectionist players:
• Has the ability to see yourself as successful even if you do not achieve “perfect performance” and enjoy your achievements.
• Has the ability to accept personal and situational limitations; is realistic when controlling and evaluating your own performance.
• Is motivated to excel and focused to do things.
• Maintains a relaxed but careful attitude, trusting in their abilities.
• Disappointed with failure but renew effort and commitment.
• Complete assignments on time.
• He is a balanced thinker.
THE NEGATIVE PERFECTIONIST
• You are rarely satisfied with your achievements; he tends to see himself as a failure.
• He is always worried and is too critical of his results. He has an inability to accept his mistakes.
• Is motivated by fears of failure and worried about disappointing others.
• Is tense and anxious about tasks, has compulsive tendencies; He doubts his abilities and is concerned about the quality of performance.
• Self-assessment depends on the results and not on the improvement in performance.
• Tends to postpone decisions or tasks.
• He is an extremist thinker: “white or black” or “all or nothing”, is perfect or failure; right or wrong.
To briefly summarize the features presented above, negative perfectionists set extremely high standards, however, because they are too critical and intolerant of mistakes, they are never satisfied with their results; They believe that these could always be better.
On the other hand, positive perfectionists accept personal and situational limitations and the inevitability of making mistakes, and thus enjoy the intentional pursuit of excellence.
It is suggested that the critical distinction between positive and negative perfectionism is found in the individual’s demand for perfection.
While all perfectionists strive for perfection, negative perfectionists also feel a need to act impeccably, that is, they do not accept or act imperfectly. There is always courage in the fight for perfection in sport, but nothing is earned by demanding perfectionism.
source: Dancesport Dancers Channel