There is something to be said about solo practice, and not just solo practice, but practice when absolutely no one else is around. When you are completely by yourself, there is no one to look at you, and you can experiment without any inhibitions.
I would like to take some time tonight working on different styling techniques. I feel good enough with triple steps, that I would like to work really hard on other things to do. Something that I had a hard time with at Heartland Swing Festival was during the Masters class, the instructor had us adding hitches at the end of a six count whip. I had never done switches before, and while I completely understood how to do it, it has not been completely ironed out. I would like to iron that out and start putting it in to my dancing on the end of swing outs.
I have gotten to a point where I can step out of the actual “footwork” in the swing out. I by no means mean that I am not following the timing or what not, but I feel pretty comfortable with doing alternate footwork, and I like to experiment with that. I want to learn some more tricks of the trade when it comes to this concept.
I ran through the Tranky Doo a couple of times last night. The first one was a little hairy, but after that I felt pretty good. One thing I like to do to not get stagnant with the routine is to do it to different music. There are multiple songs that the Tranky Doo can be danced to. They have varying tempos as well. I used two different songs in my practice last night. I will probably do the same thing with the Big Apple tonight. This will be a greater challenge. I know parts of this routine solely because of what is happening in the music. That is a bad crutch to be using. With any of these jazz routines, depending on the scene the song will be different.
I am also going to force myself to just improvise solo jazz and tap steps to music. I have a playlist on my iphone of swing practice tunes and I am just going to put it on shuffle and dance to what ever comes on.
If you weren’t aware, dancing burns calories (I know you are all aware). The best part of this dance endeavor is that I don’t have to run as much when I put the pedal to the metal. I hate running. I love dancing.