The association wants to use top-class trainers for workshops. The subject of these workshops can be classical dance technique, but workshops on expression, musicality and choreography are also planned. These workshops complement the personal training with the respective coach of the couples and are not meant to replace or correct it.
It is important for the federation to know the current fitness level of the athletes. This is used for selection and confirmation of the squad’s inventory. At the same time, the athletes are supported with specific training plans. This part of the squad programme will be part of the long-term planning.
Mental – Competition Performance
In addition to technique, physical fitness and reliable planning, other areas are important for athletic success. In the area of mental preparation, the right attitude towards competition must be taught. This should direct the concentration to the essentials. Strengthening self-confidence will enable athletes to perform at their best. This can be promoted through the targeted use of a mental coach.
In order for the couples to be able to implement the artistic aspect of our sport more intensively, their general knowledge must be worked on. Music theory, music history and the importance of music in our sport must be understood so that the performance at a tournament can also be in harmony with the music.
Also in this area, the couples should be given a “toolbox” for personal expression and their presentation.
Career, annual and training plans
In order for the annual and training plans to produce their benefits, these plans must be drawn up according to recognised standards. The planning for 2022 at the latest should be carried out accordingly. In 2021 this is difficult – due to the pandemic – and serious planning is hardly feasible at present. As soon as reliable tournament calendars and travel conditions are available, the issue will be addressed with the couples.
Nutrition and recovery
The athletes should eat consciously so that they remain healthy and able to perform. In workshops, the couples should learn how to eat a balanced diet. This should be done before, during and after the competition. After training or an intense competition, it is often crucial to recover quickly. What to look out for? Neglecting stretching can prevent the muscles from relaxing and recovering overnight. In addition, every athlete should have a healthy work (sport) – life balance. Recovery can also mean taking a few days off as a couple.
Another point is styling for the perfect tournament outfit. In recent years, styling teams have proven their worth by offering on-site hair and make-up services at major tournaments. The couples have thus lost the ability to take care of this themselves. If there is no styling team on site or all the dates are fully booked, there is no plan B. This should be remedied by means of appropriate training. The athletes should be able to help each other out in pairs; basic knowledge is required for this, the craft must be learned. With this “Plan B”, the couples should be able to enter the dance floor with a good feeling.
Other dance styles
Individual workshops in other dance styles are to round off the concept and broaden the couples’ horizons. Ballet lessons, Pilates and Spiral Dynamics will give the athletes a better understanding of their bodies. Boogie-Woogie, Charleston or Lindy-Hop give an understanding of other dance concepts that influence our dances. This also includes Son, Salsa or Flamenco.