How to keep practicing basic technique interesting

This past Friday in the Flamenco Bites Community I posted a question asking everyone what they had practiced the day before.

One of the dancers that replied said they were working on footwork drills until their teacher returned from a trip to Spain but that they found it difficult because they get bored from doing repetitive drills.

This is normal, repetition can be boring but it is so valuable that we must make time for it.

To help with this type of practice I thought I would share a few of the ways that I keep things interesting when I practice fundamentals.

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Join the Quiebro challenge

This month in danza estudio Flamenco Bites we are going to run a challenge around the theme of 'quiebro'.

Quiebro refers to the many different tilted postures of the torso, you can see one example of quiebro in the photo above.

The challenge will start on Tuesday the 5th of June and continue for 7 days. Each day we will release a new video in our members area that examines the technique of quiebro.

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What to do with your arms when learning flamenco footwork

When learning a new step it is normal to break it down into different layers of movement and slowly practice each part before you join everything together to move your whole body.

Most often when learning new footwork steps you would take your arms out of the equation until you have your feet under control.

However, just because you aren't using your arms it doesn't mean that you forget about them completely.

So what do you do?

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The most common practice mistakes flamenco dance students make

Whether you have just started studying flamenco dance or your have been at it for a while there is always room for improvement when it comes to practice. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see when it comes to practice.

1. Not spending enough time practicing fundamentals

There is a reason the fundamentals are called fundamental. They are the most important part of your practice and the amount of time you spend practicing them will be an investment that will see consistent returns in your future dancing.

It can be tempting for beginners to want to jump ahead to the 'fun stuff' and while spending time playing and experimenting with advanced steps/techniques is great it shouldn't take the place of your fundamental technique practice.

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deFB member interview: Chie from Upstate New York

Meet Chie, a flamenco dancer from Upstate New York and a member of danza estudio Flamenco Bites.

Chie was recently helped thanks to some personal feedback from José in our members group, she was so happy (as were we) that we asked if she'd be interested in sharing her flamenco journey up to now and what brought her to become a danza estudio Flamenco Bites member.

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Create your own flamenco dance meetup group

When Jose and I first started talking about creating a website we wanted to make flamenco accessible to people who had know access to flamenco classes in their area.

With the free tutorials on the blog and the classes we have in danza estudio Flamenco Bites you can successfully train from wherever you are in the world.

But what about the community and friends that you make when you have a local class?

Well, you can do that too!

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