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Episode Info:   How video can improve your practice for performance Several years ago, after one of my stage performances, I came off the stage completely stoked! I thought it was the best thing I’d ever done. I was so sure that I was on fire, that I engaged the audience, and that I had smiled and connected. It felt absolutely fantastic! I couldn’t wait to relive the experience with the performance video.   But when I saw the video, I couldn’t believe it. It was like it was a whole different dancer up there on the stage (and not at all as I imagined). So I started thinking about what I could do to bridge the gap between how my performance felt and what it looked like. I decided to try recording my practices to video. Here’s what I learned… Listen now: Or Read the Transcript... Several years ago, after one of my stage performances, I came off the stage completely stoked! I thought it was the best thing I’d ever done. I was so sure that I was on fire, that I engaged the audience, and that I had smiled and connected. It felt absolutely fantastic! I got the video of the performance in the mail. I was really excited to watch it and relive that experience. So, I turned it on and started watching. And as I watched, I thought to myself….” who IS that person?” That is not at all how I remember that performance! When I practiced in the mirror, I was sure I had seen myself smiling. It was right there in front of me! I know I engaged my audience (which was myself at the time). My movements looked huge and vibrant. These were all the things I felt while I was onstage. But when I saw the video, I saw a floppy, right hand and movements that were way smaller than they felt on stage. I saw that I wasn’t nearly as engaging and full of smiles as I felt like I was at the time either. I couldn’t believe it. It was like it was a whole different dancer up there on the stage. I started thinking about what I could do to bridge the gap between how my performance felt and what it looked like. I decided to try recording my practices to video. Recording your practice is a great way to advance your dance. It may not be the most comfortable thing in the beginning. It certainly wasn’t for me. But with a little persistence, you can make BIG gains in your performance level. Let’s talk about some reasons to record your practice… 1) The mirror lies! This is a big one. We think that because we can see ourselves right there in the mirror, that we are actually seeing what we’re doing. But what we’re seeing is a visual reflection. We are not reflecting on our internal sensations and mind-body awareness. It’s much more valuable to get “outside” of your body in order to really see what your body is doing. 2) You’ll find new moves – When I’m coming up with a new dance piece, I put on a short section of the music and make it loop. I play it over and over (and over) again while I try out new moves or sequences. I re...
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