From my workshop in Toronto hosted by none other than @reshminetwork. It was a 3 hour masterclass where I focused on certain techniques to strengthen and improve footwork and hastaks. My idea with workshops (especially a one day events with varying levels of participants, which I conducted here for the first time) is not to teach multiple tukdas and tihais, but to do only 2-3 things with a lot of detailing, sharing important techniques that can be applied in every composition. I think that makes much more sense than packing in a ton of new compositions in a few hours, leaving the participants rather lost once the teacher is gone. In this tihai the focus was on accenting and emphasising certain numbers to create a better modulated and musical sound. The light hand movements sometimes done with footwork are only embellishments. That's the easy part... what is of primary importance is to get the footwork right first - strong yet modulated, controlled, well grounded, no short cuts. Once you are sure of that, gradually increase your speed and later go ahead and add the pretty upper body movements, never ever compromising on the quality of the footwork.
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