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On Choreographing

The Art of Starting or The Magic of Inspiration When we talk about creating anything there is always a presence of the Mysterious and Charming Angel of Inspiration. I think nowadays there is quite a sober attitude to the magic of inspiration as the main source of any creation. I really like the quote from an interview with the film composer John…


Johnny Lloyd. Pearls of Wisdom for dancers.

Some people inspire me so much. The thought of them makes me want to fly,  improve, be more curious... One of these people is Johnny Lloyd.   I met Johnny about 7 years ago. I was still living in Saint Petersburg at that time and just started dancing swing. Johnny was hired for Swing Fest, an event by Michaylo Petrov. He was a very different…


7 essential tips for learning & growing in Jazz Dance

In this post, I am going to share something precious that helps me improve my jazz dancing every day. I took it from my own experience of studying dance every single day since I was 6 years old as well as diving into Jazz culture for the last 8 years. 7 essential tips for learning & growing, finding your voice & style in an improvisation -…


Practice Time! P.2: How to practice improvisation?

Everything we do in swing and social dances unless it’s a performance or choreography, is an improvisation. We are going to look closer now on how to actually practice it. There is an ocean of things to practice. Again, limit yourself. Don’t practice everything. Everything means you won't really improve significantly in any element of your…


Practice Time! Part 1: General tips

My students very often are interested if I practice by myself: what, how and how often I am a solo dancer, that’s my life, love and profession. Oh yes, I practice. It’s the best way to discover things and improve. I practice physically and mentally. As often as I can. Normally I work on the weekends: jazz festivals, swing dance festivals, dance…