20 Things You Didn’t Know About Andrea Silvestri & Martina Varadi
Andrea Silvestri & Martina Varadi are one of the top WDSF Amateur Latin couples. They are finalists in all the major events such as Grand Slams and World Championships.
They are a very passionate couple and in our podcast interview with them, they tell us all you need to know about what inspires them.
Here are 20 things you probably did not know about Andrea Silvestri & Martina Varadi:
1. Martina started dancing when she was 8 years old.
2. Andrea started dancing because his aunt & uncle brought him to the dancefloor at an event.
3. Martina’s mother was also a dancer.
4. Andrea’s dad was in a music band.
5. Andrea is passionate about cars and motorcycles and Martina about Yoga.
6. Martina fell in love with dancing because of the music and because it’s a way through she can express what’s in her sould and mind.
7. For Martina, dancing is about art and soul, not as much about sport.
8. Andrea loves the livestyle of a dancer and that he can move people, be different and have freedom.
9. When they travel, they stay at a hotel that has a gym, so they can respect their program.
10. They never teach before a GrandSlam.
11. They practice in the afternoons and teach in the evenings.
12. Martina feels that she needs to plan everything when she’s on the dance floor.
13. In real life, she is more relaxed. She makes fun and always jokes.
14. One of Andrea’s challenges on the dancefloor is that he wants to bring more freedom on the dancefloor. He wants his dancing to be more free, without making it look casual.
15. If Andrea has a new idea for their routine, he always likes to look at videos from nearly almost 20 years ago.
16. They love to always go back to the roots and the basics. Only by going to the roots you can get ideas and you can develop the dancing!
17. They adore Cuba and would want to live there when they retire.
18. Andrea’s dream would be to drive a Cabrio or any of the old 60s American cars.
19. They would love to have two children: a boy and a girl.
20. They are thinking of retiring from competitive dancing in maybe 5 years.
Also, if you would love to see Andrea and Martina assisting Frederic Mosa in his lecture at Master Evolution Training Camp, you can access this link.
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What’s New On Dancesportlife Academy In March?
If you are part of our Dancesportlife community you might already now that we have launched Dancesportlife Academy, an online platform of courses, where people around the world can access videos from 25+ dance teachers.
There, you can find camp lectures from Master Evolution Training Camp and Gladiators Dance Congress. Furthermore, you can find our online course with Mirko & Edita Gozzoli, Fundamentals of Ballroom.
You get a one-month trial membership for $1. After the first month has ended, you will be charged $9 per month. Don’t worry, you’ll get notified before your trial ends.
In the membership you get one video of your choosing and a 30% discount on any other videos (including all the packages). You have life-time access and can cancel anytime.
The importance of online education
The entire dance world is suffering right now because of the pandemic of COVID-19. Many countries are in lockdown and teachers and dancers cannot get together.
During these difficult times online education comes to the rescue. Being stuck in your home doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t be able to access information, learn something new or practice.
Now, more than ever, you have enough time to research more information. Maybe you’re interested in a special topic from dancesport, something you’ve always wanted to find out more about or watch a lecture from a teacher who you’ve never met before.
Soon: New videos
We want to answer all of your needs by expanding our library of videos. That is why, we are currently in discussions with some talented dancers and teachers to help them create special content for you.
We are planning to create several series of online courses on different topics, from meditation to technique or tips and tricks on hairstyle.
Have your curiosities answered! What would you like to learn and from who? Send me you answers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q&A Giveaway and Discounts
We want to lift your spirits up and that is why we’ve decided to:
Share for FREE the three Q&A sessions with Mirko & Edita, part of the Fundamentals of Ballroom package.
Offer a discount of 20% on all three packages for 7 days. It applies also if you are a member already.
On this page you can find out how to get the Q&As.
One important thing: this giveaway and the discount are available only until the 2nd of April!
We are also working on trying to improve the way we are communicating our information to you. In this case, website design and copy are crucial in order to make the information more clear.
We have changed our homepage design and also tried to play a little more with our wording.
Let me know on my email address email@example.com if there are any changes you would like us to make or if there are certain things that aren’t clear.
Stay safe! Stay home!
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How To Recover From An Injury?
In our podcast with Dr. Jerry Lynch, we have touched a quite sensitive subject for an athlete: injuries and how to recover from them.
Dr. Jerry Lynch is a coach, mentor, and teacher who guides and coaches athletes and parents to explore the meaning and purpose of sport. He has been recognized as one of the top five in his profession nationwide. He is the author of 13 books and amongst them is “Thinking Body, Dancing Mind”. Here is his website: https://www.wayofchampions.com/
In this article, you will discover some of the wisdom of Dr. Jerry Lynch shared with us in our podcast regarding how to recover from an injury.
Situation no 1: You just got injured
At some point in their career, dancers do get injured and some injuries are more serious than the others.
Injury equals an inability to execute the movements in a correct manner or even at all (depending on how serious the injury is). When we cannot dance we get frustrated and disappointed, even angry or depressed. You get worried that maybe you will never recover or it will take too much time.
Dr. Jerry Lynch’s first advice is to quiet your mind of the negative thoughts. When you fill your mind with worries, your body becomes tense and it blocks the arterial pathway, thus the blood cannot get to the area that needs to be healed.
He also tells us that in order to achieve muscular relaxation, he puts the athlete on a program: meditation, visualization, and affirmation.
Meditation allows you to clear your mind of all the negative thoughts.
Visualization happens during the process of meditation. During this stage, you can start to visualize the healing process. Feel how your muscle, now deep red becomes step by step pink – its normal color. From here, imagine how the muscle feels how it supposed to feel and that you are up and running again.
Affirmation is the last stage. You fill your mind with positive thoughts and encouragement. Those affirmations create chemical reactions in your brain allow that part of the body to recuperate.
Situation no 2: You are scared not to get injured
After you get recovered, there is another problem that you have to deal with: you keep thinking that this could happen again. This makes you nervous, tight and tense, which will set you up for injury again. The very process of holding back is setting your body up for another injury.
In this case, Dr. Jerry Lynch advises you to visualize all your favorite performances. Think of your favorite show, competition or even practice and feel that performance. Then, when you go out on the dance floor, have an affirmation. For example, say to yourself: “I am going all out” or “I am stronger than I have ever been”.
Why are affirmations so important you might ask yourself? Well, there is a simple equation for that:
Using positive words to describe yourself and your dancing will create positive thoughts. These positive thoughts will give you good energy, a great feeling. It is from this good energy that your performance will come.
If you are interested to read about another topic discussed in the podcast, you can check our other article: “How To Measure and Control Perfectionism?”
Make sure you also visit Dancesportlife Academy to check our library of courses and camp lectures with some of the best teachers in the world!
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