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    Default drilling drill drillz

    how often a week do you guyz drill?

    does drilling in a style or from a teacher thats totally different from you - does it still help and benefit you personal dance journey?

    thanx.

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    IMO, no. If you're going to drill regularly you should drill the aesthetics you want for yourself. So use someone you'd want to emulate. Because that's what you're body is going to do when it's on "auto pilot."

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    okay, thank you. thats what I've been trying to figure out. so now . . . who knows of a good egyptian styling dvd?

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    See this is what I've been wondering because I struggle to practice drilling due to my lack of a full length mirror (in fact the only mirror I own atm is the ones in the bathroom) I plan on getting a full length mirror for practice soon, but right now I'm getting ready to switch countries so that is not a logical idea.

    So back to the practicing of drills, do you think that an hour a day is enough?

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    I would also luv to know too, how often and how long other dancers drill as opposed to improv as wwell as learning new choreography, etc

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    See, I tend to avoid answering this question for a variety of reasons. First, because I don't think there is one standard answer, it varies from person to person depending on the goals and the person's situation. And second, because it forces me to admit that I haven't been drilling (or practicing) enough for my standards and goals.

    I also don't like to answer this because I think ANY amount of drilling and practice is better than none. If we set ourselves up for a certain amount, we are more likely to be disappointed and give up when we fail to achieve that amount. It's better to just think in terms of doing it regularly than trying to force yourself to get through 30 minutes or an hour or two hours...

    But if you're at a point where you're already drilling regularly and have no problem getting yourself motivated to do it, I would say try to determine the time based on the amount of free time you have, your goals, and how long you can realistically do it while still having fun. It could be 15 minutes a day, or it could be 3 hours. It depends on the person.

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    I have to say I never do just a drill. I usually mix it with another thing in one practice. And it very much depends on my mood. I try to dance every day for at least 30 minutes (usually ends up being at least an hour haha) and I have a vague plan for the week of a variety of things I need to work on. For example, structured improv, strength/endurance drills, choreography, zils, and also pure "put the music on and dance" improv. But I realized that I should never force myself to do something when my body says no. If my schedule suggests "drills" on Friday but my body says "improv!" I do what it says. I'll just drill on Saturday instead.

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    okay thanx. I do plenty of drilling, but I am thinking of cutting down cuz it seems like thats ALL I do, and I'm not really getting anywhere. so I think I will need to add in a techniqe dvd or something.

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    For what it's worth, I've spent the last year or so drilling for a half hour every night, more or less. It's really helped my technique and stamina. However, unless I have a choreography to practice, that's all I've been doing. I now find myself in two improv classes and having a heck of a time with them! Granted, I'm new to it, but I know that the way I was practicing is a big part of my problem. From now on, I need to change the way I practice so I don't get stuck in ruts when I dance.

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    There is no point in drilling for the sake of drilling. If you are drilling to improve technique then standard training theory holds - you need to drill as well technically as you can - stop and restart if you lose it; you need to bring your awareness into your drilling - don't just turn off - monitor; you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone occasionally - for instance: longer, faster, with layers.

    If you drill is perfect and can be held for say 5 minutes - do something else.

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