Do you ever feel that you are just spinning your wheels between classes? You have worked out what the issue is, but you are worried:
- You are not able to practice properly without a partner
- You might practice incorrectly, due to not knowing enough, and develop bad habits
The effect is that the motivation and nascent insights you gain in one lesson cannot be taken advantage of. Because of this, you need to repeat aspects in the next lesson. It’s like 2 steps forward with 1 step back.
The solution is to halt the lesson about 5-10 minutes before the scheduled end.
You know what it is that you need to work on: Maybe timing, maybe foot placement, maybe balance, maybe remembering to place your hand somewhere. However, what you need is simpler exercises that you can drill confidently. Exercises that will help develop the attribute that you need to solve the challenges you face at that time.
Just before the lesson ends talk to your teacher about what you can do between classes to help the issue. Ensure that you make the following clear:
- You do not know what it is you are working on well enough to practice that
- You need something you can do alone
- You need something simple enough so that you will not get it wrong
- It needs to be something that will help you overcome the immediate challenge you have
This seems a serious task; however, I have found that most teachers are capable of drawing on their experience to come up with something. Not only that, but they seem to enjoy the challenge: more engaging than the typical passive student.
You might need practice asking for the right kind of exercises and your teacher might need practice too; don’t be disheartened if you don’t get perfect exercises first time you try this. Keep at it, and it will eventually become a standard learning technique you use to become a better dancer.