BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 64, This Piece Of Steak Is Well Done!

That is the release you want to introduce to your new members! Why? It’s full of great moves & great music, also it’s very easy to follow since the choreography is very repetitive, which will help them find it easy to understand and break down!

  • Track 1: Upper Body & Lower Body Warm Ups (Freaks/Can’t You See)

The coolest music for a warm up will be found here! I still get goose pumps every time I teach this track! There is a lot of basass attitude in it! I love the upper body warm up a lot, members do really get the moves in it and feel pretty much engaged.

As for the lower body warm up, I’m thankful for all the slow and fast side kicks here, that really helps with fixing the technique of this tricky strike! The music is just perfect!

I can say that all in all the warm up is literally a warm up here, really sets you ready to go!

  • Track 2: Combat 1 (Tae Kwon Do & Kick-Boxing) (I’m Shipping Up To Boston)

Hey yey! Jump Kicks are back, the best way to get really fit and feel the work out. It’s a relatively short track but truly fantastic to increase your fitness level! It’s important to try all the options offered in this track!

  • Track 3: Power 1 (Boxing) (You’ve Got The Love (Breeze & Modulate Remix))

That’s a 07:30 minutes track, cardio cardio and more cardio for you, awesome conditioning track for the upper body, ABS and lower body! Love this track, it’s crazy and easy to follow. What I like in this track is the different levels of intensity that one can get to, high repetition will help you learn how to increase or decrease your workout intensity.

  • Track 4: Combat 2 (Tae Kwon Do) (Blast Off)

This track is divided into 3 rounds, The first and the last is basically made to fix your side kick technique, balance and lower body strength. The middle round is made of push up, which will help you increase your endurance and polish your body conditioning. This track will kill you! I promise! it’s very powerful and very demanding!

  • Track 5: Power 2 (Boxing) (Hot Right Now (Jag Skillz VIP Mix))

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is what it is all about! A lot of upper cuts, different counts, different durations and different energy levels. You will experience the coolest sprints, also different durations and you are the one to decide the intensity! A very great track to increase your fitness level! Love this one, it’s all about cardio!

  • Track 6: Combat 3 (Mixed Martial Arts, Capoeira)(Black Widow)

When you hear Capoeira get your legs ready for a serious workout.

I like this track for 2 main reasons; the 1st is that it’s easy to remember and follow, members enjoy what they can remember. And the 2nd reason is that it is a great workout, a lot of conditioning is in there. This one will help you get your legs stronger and more balanced. If you have knee problems try to always take option 1! But if you want to challenge yourself go on and try all the jumping lunges!

  • Track 7: Muay Thai (La Nina Mechanica)

This is 8 minutes of madness, a lot of elbows, a lot of knees, and a lot of running man! I love the push kicks in the track, I adore the music and the feel in the track; a lot of power, aggression and elevation! You can always take it easy until you get used to it! True fighters will go on till the end!

  • Track 8: Power 3 (Boxing) (If You Surrender)

3 rounds of cool boxing! Jabs, hooks, upper cuts, running and scissors. The last 6:30 minutes of the workout will feel amazing as you finish with a lot of single jabs! A total of 256 punches in this track! Your arms and shoulders will burn! Love the sensation!

Katia 🙂

 

 

 

BODYCOMBAT 64 EDUCATION!

TB: One Live Chicago, August 2015!

BODYPUMP 95

BODYPUMP 95

With The Big Boys

With The Big Boys

With The Big Boys

With The Big Boys

Before The Big Show

Before The Big Show

SH'BAM

SH’BAM

Celebrating My BD IN SH'BAM MASTER CLASS

Celebrating My BD In SH’BAM Master Class

BODYCOMBAT 65

BODYCOMBAT 65

Big Combat Rave

Big Combat Rave

Awesome Atmosphere

Awesome Atmosphere

With Dan & Rach

With Dan & Rach

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The After Party

The After Party

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BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 63, Surprisingly, Got Me Back On My Feet!

BC63 Screen Shot!

I’m glad to be alive to witness such a good thing like BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 63! Yes it is tough, challenging and really gonna make you sweat! I’ve been teaching the release for a bit longer than a month now, and I still can’t get sick of it. All I want for everyone around the world to try BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 63!

I’m very impressed about the fact that the warm up is an actual warm up, finally, heart rates spikes up, which is very important to get warm and flexible enough for what’s coming. In a few releases I always thought Oh the warm up wasn’t good enough and suddenly track 2 is a killer. But this time is different, by the time the warm up is over track 2 seems very doable, and continues to heat your body up. Well done on this one!

I like the music in release 63, it’s very motivating, well chosen and attractive too. Some people despise track 7 music-wise, because it sounds happy, and Muay Thai, for many should be aggressive accompanied by some aggressive music, but come on get to listen to lyrics and sarcastically laugh while getting your ass kicked.

To be honest I’ve had lost lots of my fitness, since I got sick with arthritis, because for a while I couldn’t walk, then I could but couldn’t run or jump, even though I over came all that, I turned less fit by the time I recovered. Although I went back to doing my job, I still suffer some sort of imbalance, standing on one foot seems hard to do still, but it’s getting better.

I had no actual daily motivation to workout hard, especially doing cardio, because for a long time, it was accompanied by pain, and pain frightens you automatically, so when I first tried BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 63 I was quite impressed, and by the time I started teaching it I loved all of it, and it did help me challenge myself, now after doing this for a bit longer than a month I can teach the whole release without needing to stop to pull myself together. Which makes me happy honestly, because for a while I thought I won’t be able to be there again.

Many times you might feel like you are losing your breath totally, you are going to feel like your heart is about to collapse and that your lungs can’t give you enough oxygen to continue, but please this is when you gotta suck it all in and continue, because only then, when you break through this wall of fatigue, you can get better, fitter, stronger and faster!

All the combats and the boxing tracks are cool, members love that, and track 4 is the highlight with all the crawlings and the push ups in the middle. I’m also glad there are repetitive moves like the round house kicks in track 2 and the side kicks in track 4 because both helped my balance get better and my technique too, and I agree lots of practice is what gets the members there too.

Please share your good experience with others, take your friends to our classes, we would love to see new people over there having a blast with us, it’s too good to be true, I want more people to explode with us! BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 63 is itself a revolution in the world of fitness, in my eyes at least.

Stay With The Fight!

BODYPUMPâ„¢ 93, If You Are Looking For A New Challenge!

BODYPUMP 93 SCREEN SHOT

To all BODYPUMP™ Instructors,

Remember to remind your new members that they have the option to do the first 4 tracks, we don’t aim to intimidate them, we aim to attract them and make them come back!

Although I heard lots of instructors complaining about the music and the choreography of this release,  I got to try it myself, of course, and I thought completely differently; this release’s music selection is quite cool, it’s different, it’s colorful and it’s pretty much amusing! It can’t all be pop, rock or electro, variation is indeed needed, and there is not a single track that I didn’t like. All of them get me going and moving, some are more motivating that others, but even those that sound too happy have the beat and the sounds to keep us hanging in there!

If you are into trying something that doesn’t require you to jump and run, go ahead and find some BODYPUMPâ„¢ classes around you and enjoy a cool workout! I would be actually super happy if you tell me later what you think!

We are often going to read and hear about THE REP EFFECT™, which is getting all the good things out of resistance training without having to carry heavy weights, but rather lighter ones with a high repetition. Remind yourselves and people around you that THE REP EFFECT™ formula wants you to have long lean strong muscles without having to bulk. Fatiguing the muscles is what helps us find results and not loading them. And by having to do around 800 reps during the whole class, it means that your heart rate will be elevated and you will be having a decent cardio workout!

 BODYPUMP™ 93 Track List:

  1. Break Free
  2. Booyah (Lucky Date Remix)
  3. Kings And Queens
  4. Here Tonight (Carita La Nina Radio Edit)
  5. Bang Bang
  6. Centuries
  7. 1941
  8. Twisted (Eptic Remix)
  9. All About That Bass
  10. What Are You Waiting For

The most challenging tracks happen to be “Squats” which is track 2, but the isometric holds and the music will make you continue and finish the workout. I enjoy this one a lot!

Comes then the “Triceps” track, no.5, the problem with this one is the triceps push ups! BUT BUT BUT! I promise you if you do this release twice a week, for a month you will end up performing them on toes! But I like the variation of the exercises, all the overheads, the push ups and kick-back-rows!

Lunges!!! Really this time it does burn and bite the quads and the calf muscles! Insane workout, but I seriously enjoy this one because the challenge in it is tough! The music is great by the way!

The shoulders track, which is track no. 8, is uniquely designed and managed. It’s tough, for that i recommend people with cervical spine injuries to go super light because they are still going to feel the effect of the workout. I love all the combos and and the reps in the sets! The music is really motivating.

I didn’t face any difficulty studying any of the tracks to present them or teach them later on, even track 4, Chest, which many people complained about.

The beauty of this release lays in the fact that time flies by like a rocket! There is no single chance for boredom! Even though I have been teaching this release for a month now, but I find it still very interesting.

Dear Les Millsâ„¢ keep producing cool stuff!

BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 64 filming

By Deb Shafran & Ralf Galle!

NZ Glen : BodyCombat fanatic

Well guys better late than never here is the update from BODYCOMBAT 64! As some of you no doubt know I’ve been calling in the help of guest bloggers since I am currently living in Dubai. This time we have the honour of hearing from the expertise of not one but TWO Les Mills veterans Deb Shafran and Ralf Galle. Deb and Ralf have both attended filmings before so they know the ins and outs very well! If you’ve seen BC63 then you have some idea of the new format for track 4. I have no idea if this is permanent but certainly we have a similar theme in 64 too. And… I’ll be at the next filming up front and personal myself so looking forward to seeing what BODYCOMBAT 65 has in store. Anyway enough from me, take it away Ralf and Deb!

Les Mills BodyCombat 64 Filming Review

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BODYPUMPâ„¢ 92, That’s Quite Tough!

It’s not that Les Mills International pay me to write reviews for them, if they did I would have already started getting rich! But let me tell you something today, you won’t find any other company to compete with these guys, they are on top of the pyramid, and we all have to agree on that. They continuously keep to growing, excelling and keeping us sticking around.

For many people who come to the gym and pass by the group exercise room, BODYPUMP™ either seems too tough, too boring or both. But as an instructor, I want you to join once, get back to me and update me with your feedback. I personally want everyone who can stand and squat to try a BODYPUMP™ class, and not just that, I want you to have a good class.

BODYPUMPâ„¢ 92, unfortunately for many, happened this time to be really hard, and for many others it happened to be challenging, in a good way, for those of you who look to put yourselves under fitness tests and challenges, I know you guys loved it.

But, for me, I think, that was quiet too much for many. I know everyone has the right to take easy on the weights, stop and continue, or just leave the class. But my only negative criticism this time, is that what are the new comers supposed to do? Get scared and run away? Les Mills, keep considering our new members please, not just by telling us to let them know they are free to go after track 4, we need them to feel like they can stay until the end somehow. Am I wrong? Let me know, please.

Good news for all the pregnant ladies out there, or those who are planning to be, please, watch the following education session about exercising and pregnancy: Exercising & Pregnancy

Let’s get into the business and see what’s BODYPUMPâ„¢ 92 holds for us!

  • 01. The Warm up:

Smooth, smooth, smooth! I like this warm up, it’s flowing, cool and easy to remember. I just didn’t like the music all that much, not my thing, I like music that is more uplifting and energizing, maybe some dubstep, maybe some techno. But In my opinion this track is good in terms of warming us up 🙂

  • 02. Squats:

That’s the real beast in this release! I love the new combo, can’t get enough of it, to squat from bottom to top is amazingly cruel, and pretty intense and firing! 3 sets of work, all in mid-stance, bottom halves, single and super slows will teach your legs to toughen up!

The music is what keeps us going in this track. It really gets harder and harder as the workout approaches the end, but the music helps a lot!

Good luck to all of you on this one, I really enjoy it!

  • 03. Chest:

No matter how many times I repeat this over the week or the month, it keeps killing me! My body never seems to get used to it! It’s really hard guys! Again moving from the bottom to the top here, but for me in chest it seems harder than in squats…

For me  it was easy to memorize this one and teach it, because the track is familiar to me from a previous BODYCOMBATâ„¢ release, but it seemed a little bit strange to have this track in BODYPUMPâ„¢, right? It was fitting perfectly fine for BODYCOMBATâ„¢. In other words, for me, the music selection wasn’t very successful, just my opinion.

  • 04. Back:

The best thing in this track is the challenge set for us! Remember, you are always free to take a challenge or to leave it! The challenge is to keep adding weights after each and every set. The focus is the clean and press.

This track is not easy, with or without a challenge, not easy, not easy! I can tell you that forever!

The music is amazing! I personally loved it and I feel great each time I hear it. I even looked up different remixes for it!

For my colleague instructors over there, I know the majority made mistakes on when to start kicking, the music is a little bit tricky! But pretty amusing to challenging yourself to learn the timing!

  • 05. Triceps:

Finally, something everyone can do! This one gets hard only when you push yourself behind your usual limits with the weight.

I liked the music selection, the easy choreography the combo, and the exercise variation! EXCELLENT TRACK!

  • 06. Biceps:

The music is not everyone’s taste! I’m in LOVE/HATE relation with this track and the music. The workout itself is hard, it does cause pain in the arms lol

Choreography not easy to remember, it pissed me off often! But I finally made peace with it and learned it! I also made peace with the level of difficulty and now manage to stay strong from the beginning till the end!

  • 07. Lunges:

OH MY GOD! What about the music! It is so much like the end of 80s era! It makes me feel funny! The workout itself is tough! Really guys, this release is all in all hard! Lots of bottom halves burn your legs and calves! I would like to say GOOD LUCK!

  • 08. Shoulders:

PINK PONG?!

Sighs! Many of them! Push ups with combo! Pushing from bottom to top again! You won’t feel this until you grab your plates and do some side raises and rotators! At the end of this track you might curse and swear! It hurts! Yes it does! & It drains the hell out of your shoulders, especially when it’s time to perform military presses!

BUT I LOVE THE SOOOOOOONG!

Have fun guys! This one will kill you, but it’s going to make you feel so alive!

BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 62, The Best Release For Me!

BODYCOMBATâ„¢ 62 happens to be the best release for me, ever since I started teaching, which is not very long time ago, my first release to teach was 50. The reason why it’s my favorite is that, I happened to like the whole 10 tracks, there is not a single track this time that disappointed me or bores me! Loved it all!

  • UPPER & LOWER BODY WARM UP (1a & 1b)– Someone Like You (Kris McTwain Radio Edit), Home Alone (Invader! Remix Edit):

I honestly wasn’t impressed about this upper body warm up song when I first heard it, because I though, oh wow this is an old song that is not cool any more, like it has been overly used, that no body probably listens to it any more! But honestly, as I taught the release for the first time I was very happy to see how people sing along, and their energy is up and happy, just because they know the song and they like it, which is a great thing! I like that a lot!

Regarding the choreography is easy to remember for both the upper and the lower body warm up tracks, it’s really one of the easiest warm up tracks to study and remember.

I like the lower body track, it’s cool, yeah yeah yeah yeah! Makes people just wanna yeah yea yeah yeah!

Have fun teaching the warm up!

  • COMBAT 1 – Famous Last Words (The Wrapper):

Track 2 comes with so much good energy, beautiful neat blocks, easy to follow choreography, contrast and aggression. If you listen carefully to the lyrics you can get into the mood of the song better, then you can deliver the track feel better.

I always happen to like Karate-Kick Boxing combos, they amuse and excite me a lot!

I don’t consider this as a hard track, it continues to warm us up and it elevates our energy and chances to succeed in the 7 coming tracks.

  • POWER TRAINING 1- Give A Little Love (Al Storm & Euphony):

As Dan said in this track the track is relatively short, but god it’s a killer, if you take it seriously as you should, you are going to feel it in your shoulders and your heart rate will be up for real! I love the 32 hooks part, it’s so much fun, and I love it more when after them we have the big combo, people start screaming, because it really burns the shoulders and feels so euphoric, positive and very powerful! Enjoy the madness in track 3!

  • COMBAT 2- Dark Horse (Hard Dance Alliance Mix, Kerrie Scene):

Track 4 happens to be long, but honestly I was surprised when I noticed that it’s 6:43 min long, because while teaching it I don’t feel that it’s that long, it’s well designed and well choreographed. The best part is how much magic is in there, and how much feelings are in there, combined and blended with the crazy dubstep remix!

The song itself is cool, the Blocks, the 56 Kick-Katas are so cool, you just wanna going on till you collapse, because the music is very very motivating, you don’t wanna miss any part of this one.

People who are fans of Karate, Kick Boxing and Tae Kwon Do are gonna love this one! I personally do!

  • POWER TRAINING 2- Crash (Al Storm):

Crash is quite challenging for people with weak upper bodies, it’s pretty fast and the acceleration can be endless here, but because it’s fast, fun, playful and challenging no body stops and this gives everyone the chance to work out their performance and increase their fitness level!

Members like this part at the end of round 1, when we suddenly freeze after the scissors, they don’t get enough of it, it amuses them! lol

Loved this one!

  • COMBAT 2- Y.A.L.A. (M.IA):

It’s Capoeira time! And yes! It’s short! But it’s damn hard!

Again and again, dubstep happens to be popular in fitness these days, and I really appreciate that! Besides the good music the track is worth going for each time you hear it, it does work the lower body well!

I honestly keep giving and reminding my members about their options here, I ask them to go gradually crazy here, for me they don’t have to jump to option 3 all the way, step by step everything happens!

  • Muay Thai- Let The Beat Go (S3RL feat. Johnny):

This of all Muay Thai tracks that I taught, starting from release 50 till 62, happens to be the best Muay Thai track Les Mills Internationalâ„¢ brings us! So full of insanity, so full of the feel of freedom, no limits here, no boundaries, you just wanna live the here and now feeling in track 7! Respect for whomever put this together!

To be honest, for all instructors who teach this release, make sure to give your members a very unique experience when you reach track 7, it’s absolutely a very unique 7:56 min experience, if you can create the right sparks and magic here, keep trying to practice on scripting your ques and motivations for this track!

  • POWER TRAINING 3- Power Of Love/Give A Little Love (Absolutely Elegant_Al Storm & Euphony):

To make sure you have completed 256 punches at the end of this track leaves you exhausted yet very proud and gives you a pure feeling of accomplishment. This one is a typical BODYCOMBAT™ track 8; happy, cool yet tiring!

Enjoy teaching, practicing and working out everybody! BODYCOMBAT™ this time rocks, rises and shines!

Love you all, keep your spirits up! Fight for something!

Katia

BODYPUMPâ„¢ 91, What’s Happening?!

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a while sense I’ve published something that you all would like to read.

Well it’s all about BODYPUMPâ„¢ 91 this time. The release is big and massive with lots of refreshments and cool tracks.

The release is presented by Glen Ostergaard, Karin Zandstra, Marcus Benson, Jeremiah Evans and Alex Veret.

  • 01. The Warm up:

There is emphasis on the clean and press in this release, how to do and which muscles to recruit. In order for instructors to be able to teach and deliver the clean and press properly, it is highly recommended that you watch the education session in this release, which I have published earlier.The music is uplifting, yet soft and has lots of positive impact.

BODYPUMP 91 EDUCATION SESSION

Usually we use only the bar during the warm up track, but this time we are using the plate at the end of the warm up for side raises and rotators. It’s a pretty cool change that we can see here, truly refreshing and very noticeable.

  • 02. Squats:

Many of you, instructors, are going to find this track hard to memorize, but if you listen to the song several times, you’re going to memorize the choreography in no time.

The workout keeps shifting between mid-stance, for quads, and wide-stance, for glutes, which is quiet intense, especially the breathers are too shorts and the transformations are quick. The singles and the bottom halves are going to create the fatigue that we all look for while working out.

Good luck to all of you on this one, I really enjoy it!

  • 03. Chest:

Again change, change and more change.

The 1st Body Pump release I have taught was 83, yes i’m kind of new to Body Pump, compared to others. But since release 83 had been published until release 91 came, there were no push-ups introduced to us during Chest tracks. We used the bars and the plates and that was it, Now in release 91 you are to use the plate, or the bars and do some chest push-ups, which is going to maximize the efforts used to accomplish the track.

This one is tough if done properly!

  • 04. Back:

The back track stresses on dead lift and dead rows this time more than it focuses on clean and presses, which is quiet interesting. The music is really cool, the combo is cooler, and the choreography is easy to remember! But all in all, all the targeted muscles will hit their goal; Posterior chain: Glutes, Hamstrings, lower and upper back and of course lats!

After back track in this release you will feel your heart rate going crazy!

  • 05. Triceps:

Hey brother! Such a cool song! Really! But watch out for the confusing beat, it can be misleading.

The 1st time I actually did this track I first thought, what are new members going to do here? Because it’s really challenging, it’s a big workout for triceps. Dips followed with overhead extension, followed by kick-back-rows, then again for the other side, then triceps push-ups, then again overhead extension. That’s pretty cruel towards people who just walked into Body Pump 😛 !

But we need to ask people to go for light weights if they have never been to such a class! We don’t wanna scare them away, right? 🙂

  • 06. Biceps:

Since Glen himself is the one to design the Choreography and choose the music, I wanna thank him for this one! The music has a character, BAD COMPANY! Compared to other Biceps tracks this one goes slower than usual, which is a killer. The mid-range pulse here comes in the right places, but the choreography is unfortunately not that easy to remember, unless at the beginning of learning the track, instructors keep on counting how many reps they have done, especially the combo reps.

I love it though, I found it very attractive!

  • 07. Lunges:

I really think it’s better not to do so many lunges like in this track, since lots of people complain from knee pains during lunges track, So replacing some lunges with mid-stance squats, plate squat presses and dynamic plate squat press is really an exist for those who can’t lung!

Love the song!

  • 08. Shoulders:

This seem to be the highlight of the release! The music, the workout, the challenge, the rave in it! Everything in track 8 is pretty loud and clear.

I personally like this track, but here is what I think, and I might also find many of you agreeing with me on this point:

The track is intimidating, especially in the last 2 sets of work, it’s really not design for at least females, lol!!!! I find it hard to go on with 2.5 KG plate doing all these rotators, side raises and PEC DECS, it’s pretty insane, especially that, we instructors, happen to be on stage and we need to deliver right techniques.

The track is amazing, it’s explosive and really mad, but it is going to be intimidating, as I said before, for a big amount of people over there!

  • 09. Core:

I rarely mention track 9 in my reviews, this one came with a big change again, all the hovers and side hovers are just amazing. Not everyone can do that, to be honest, but in my opinion, it’s time for so many people out there to move into another level of strength and conditioning.

Yes, the song is really cool, and the choreography goes along with it, which makes it cool to remember!

Love you Body Pump guys and girls! Stay with this cool release! I believe this one is going to change something in you 🙂

Katia

Learning Choreography, Les Millsâ„¢ Instructors!

Choreography Notes
Choreography Notes

All the time instructors discuss the best way to study and remember different choreography.  But there is nothing called the best way, there is the best way for each one of us. Studying choreography needs some attention, and people learn in different ways, taking in consideration their different skills and mind-sets. Some people depend on what they read,  others depend on what they see and some depend on what they hear. People are different and they learn in different ways.

I have seen people learning in different ways and I have also read different discussions over Les Millsâ„¢ forums, as instructors there also discuss all the time ways to learn their choreography, here are some basic tips!

  • Learn your music:

It’s important to keep listening to the music over and over till you know it by heart. It’s important to be able to know when are the changes in the music are coming, (verses, pre-choruses, chorus, bridges etc). This is going to help you learn the choreography faster. 

It’s possible to listen to music everywhere now, and we all get stuck in traffic, use that and listen to your tracks, or in the office, while gardening, washing the dishes or surfing online.

  • Watch your DVD:

Some people once they get their new releases rush to watch their DVDs. For me I would do that to see if there are any new ideas in the new release, but none of what I’d see in the DVD would stick to my head from the first glance. But for some people it works perfectly fine, they watch it twice or thrice and it’s all in their heads! Magic, right?

In case you are not a visual learner, you will have to stick to option one first.

  • Read your choreography notes:

Reading the notes helps us find our bases or hints to study. Some of you might just listen to their music and follow choreography notes, reading them carefully a few times without the need to see what’s happening in the DVD.

Some people’s brains register what’s being written or read, so you might be one of these who’d rather read something to remember it.

Choreography Notes

Choreography Notes

What if sticking to one method only doesn’t help?

Then you should try and combine methods together. For me I listen to the music first till it’s in my head, then I pick up the choreography notes and I follow while listening to music. Once I memorize it, I might try and script it, and at the end I watch the DVD to see and visualize what I learned.

Some people actually follow the DVD physically, they push play and apply whatever is in there over and over till their bodies get used to it, like Wii games.

Some people find it effective to practice together in pairs or groups to learn together, others find that disturbing, or a waste of time.

Once I have gone through an online discussion over this matter, and one instructor suggested a very cool way to study and learn choreography, which I actually tried and liked a lot, here it is:

write on a piece of paper, after watching the DVD or reading the choreography notes, the choreography your own way, the simplest way possible for you to understand. If you use the subway or lots of trains, you can benefit from the time spent there by listening to your music and following your own notes. Or while driving and getting stuck in traffic you can stick that paper in front of you, say over the CD player, while listening to your music follow the notes you’ve written, if you do that over and over you will be able to learn your choreography easily. For me this works and I learn this way faster.

PLEASE! Be careful while driving, I don’t wanna be the reason if anyone of you gets hurt! try the previous only when you are stuck in traffic!

Good luck learning new releases, be creative and let me also know how do you learn your choreo!

Kia Kaha!
Katia