Page 1 of 6 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 102

Thread: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

  1. #1
    Registered User Zebra Woman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    2,106
    Rep Power
    12

    TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    I thought a thread for sharing TOP TIPS on how we surivive and keep going on those extra-long freestyle nights would be handy.

    Southport is looming with the prospect of freestyling from 10 - 6AM for three nights ..not to mention daytime classes, lunchtime freestyles, and blues room dancing.

    Here are a few of mine to start you off.


    1. Clarks foam insoles inside my dance shoes (I always use brand new insoles for a weekender).

    2. Ibuprofen gel smeared over the balls of my feet every four hours.

    3. Low heeled Oxford lace ups for dancing during the day (ugly but nice).

    4. Regular Stretching

    5. Loads of food in my bag

    6. I change my shoes at least once during the evening.



    Obviously the music has to be really great, that goes without saying
    And the partners have to be gentle too and hold me up....


    What TOP TIPS do you have for keeping on dancing?

    ZW

  2. #2
    Meglio del Cioccolato Demo
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Posts
    1,541
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Don't sit down!!

  3. #3
    Registered User spindr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Brizzle
    Posts
    1,617
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra Woman
    What TOP TIPS do you have for keeping on dancing?
    1). Wear a suit and tie
    1a). Memo to self -- matching handkerchief.
    2). Spare shirts.
    3a). Dance fast and slow to the fast tracks.
    3b). Dance slow to the slow tracks.
    4). Spin -- it doesn't take much effort, it gives the lady a breather, and it kills a couple of beats.
    5). Drink.
    6). Spare shoes are great -- especially when they are nice and cool on your feet

    SpinDr.

  4. #4
    Registered User Divissima's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Posts
    1,461
    Blog Entries
    8
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    I have found that I only start to experience pain or discomfort (usually sore/tired feet, or any aches and pains in the joints/muscles) once I stop. So the tip is not to stop.....

  5. #5
    Registered User Lynn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Belfast
    Posts
    8,925
    Rep Power
    15

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Great thread!
    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra Woman
    Southport is looming with the prospect of freestyling from 10 - 6AM for three nights ..not to mention daytime classes, lunchtime freestyles, and blues room dancing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra Woman
    1. Clarks foam insoles inside my dance shoes (I always use brand new insoles for a weekender).
    This is a good idea. I got jazz shoes recently (suede soled) as an addition to my Blochs for workshops. Really comfy - but after an afternoon workshop and then evening freestyle in heeled shoes (which are padded insoles) the balls of my feet were really sore - and I think it was the thin soles on the jazz shoes. I was going to try those gel 'party feet' (as I have a pair in the house) but foam insoles are also a great idea.

    I make sure I drink plenty and eat snacks between workshops or in the middle of the night (when doing the 6am thing)

    I spray my feet with cooling foot spray in between workshops and change shoes.

    I also find in the late night slots the right mix of sitting and dancing works for me - finding my pace. I couldn't last if I danced to every track, but if I rest for too long - that also is a disaster.
    Last edited by Lynn; 13th-May-2005 at 01:08 PM.

  6. #6
    Registered User bobgadjet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    north bushey
    Posts
    1,189
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by spindr
    6). Spare shoes are great -- especially when they are nice and cool on your feet

    SpinDr.
    A lady who used to attend many a line dance event came with two pairs of boots.
    At the appropriate moment she would take one pair off......... lift the ice blocks out of the other pair and transfer them to the "hot" pair.

    When she slipped her feet into the "fresh" pair the look on her face was almost orgasmic.

    hhmmmmm, now where did I put those ice blocks ?

  7. #7
    Forum Bombshell - Our Queen! Lory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    North London
    Posts
    9,918
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    17

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling




    2. Ibuprofen gel smeared over the balls of my feet every four hours. (this was MY idea and ZW nicked it, it seems to work too )


    3. Low heeled Oxford lace ups for dancing during the day (ugly but nice). (this was ZW's idea and 'I' nicked it! Aww I'm in love with my ugly shoes )



    Regular Stretching ( this is a MUST for me! And, I don't care how stupid I look doing it )



    Loads of Water.

    Party feet foot spray, sprayed very generously at regular intervals!

    A liberal use of Alcohol!

    Finding partners than don't object to me resting my head on their shoulder for a few minutes
    MODERATOR AT YOUR SERVICE
    "If you're going to do something tonight, that you know you'll be sorry for in the morning, plan a lie in." Lorraine

  8. #8
    Senior Member Minnie M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Hove Actually
    Posts
    7,924
    Rep Power
    14

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by azande
    Don't sit down!!


    A liberal use of Alcohol!
    Do not abuse


    --ooOoo--
    Age is a question of mind over matter, if you don't mind, it doesn't matter
    Leroy (Satchel) Paige (1906-1982)

    Mickey Mouse's girlfriend, Minnie, made her film debut, along with Mickey, in "Steamboat Willie" on November 18, 1928.
    That date is recognized as her official birthday.

  9. #9
    The Oracle
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Posts
    2,263
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Zebra Woman
    What TOP TIPS do you have for keeping on dancing
    Stand still and let your partner do all the work.

    When you start getting tired from all that standing, then dance while sitting down.

    Then when your fingers get tired, start leading without touching hands.

    By 6:00am you should be able to lead your partner just by moving your eyes.

    And with a bit of practice you can nip out for a couple of hours sleep and lead via telepathy. (Ever wondered why you always get a few ladies at the edge of the floor dancing without a partner...)

    David

  10. #10
    Formerly known as DavidJames David Bailey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Norf Lundin
    Posts
    17,001
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by azande
    Don't sit down!!


    That's the main one for me - sitting down is deadly, it tells my body "sleep now", and it's difficult to get up again...

    None of this namby-pamby streching and coddling for me, oh no.

  11. #11
    Registered User SilverFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Balham, SW London
    Posts
    887
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Lory
    A liberal use of Alcohol!
    You know it makes sense.

    If I can source a plentiful supply of ice near Southport, the SilverFox Mobile Cocktail Bar - motto: "if you can take it, we can shake it." - will be open for all forumites, serving a selection of Rio inspired concoctions tailor-made to numb any lower limb aches and pains.



    FF-HC

  12. #12
    Formerly known as DavidJames David Bailey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Norf Lundin
    Posts
    17,001
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverFox
    You know it makes sense.
    Err, not really - isn't alcohol a depressant? How does it make it easier to stay awake?

    Surely Evil Substances are better for that? You know, like coke.

    (or pepsi of course)

  13. #13
    Registered User stewart38's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Ambrosden it gets
    Posts
    7,480
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Divissima
    I have found that I only start to experience pain or discomfort (usually sore/tired feet, or any aches and pains in the joints/muscles) once I stop. So the tip is not to stop.....
    As someone who just hit 30, 35 38 ok 40 ! who does the 5.45am ,the 3 nights and the workshops I find the above the worst especially by day 3

    Sit down for any lenght of time getting up i feel like an old man of 50 .

    My heels and soles 'ache' for 20/30mins by monday morning but after that it goes and my legs so far dont morning after

    I drink soft drinks regulary especially after workshops , warm tepid water doesnt always do it for me.

    If i get hot and sweaty i cool down, with my hair one of those fans takes 1 mins to do the job

    I know im getting too hot when i ask the girl if its raining in here ?

  14. #14
    Registered User SilverFox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Balham, SW London
    Posts
    887
    Rep Power
    11

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidJames
    Err, not really - isn't alcohol a depressant? How does it make it easier to stay awake?
    I'm not suggesting it keeps one awake. It's function is a) pain management and b) assisting in reaching that dreamy state of mind, when one is blissfully unaware of everything around them except the music and their partner. Perfect for the Blues Room at around 5.00am.

  15. #15
    Ceroc N.I. Franchise Owner drathzel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Bridport, Dorset!
    Posts
    8,175
    Rep Power
    13

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by azande
    Don't sit down!!
    COMPLETELY

  16. #16
    Registered User Danielle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    SW London
    Posts
    231
    Rep Power
    10

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by SilverFox
    I'm not suggesting it keeps one awake. It's function is a) pain management and b) assisting in reaching that dreamy state of mind, when one is blissfully unaware of everything around them except the music and their partner. Perfect for the Blues Room at around 5.00am.


    And with silverfox making all those inspired cocktails at Southport I know our room will be dancing though to the end every night (again!!!) .......I can't wait

  17. #17
    Glitter Queen
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Camberwell, London
    Posts
    3,017
    Rep Power
    12

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    I completely agree with what's been said so far, but I usually prefer not to change my shoes (because if I take them off I don't really want to put them back on again).
    I also find chocolate digestives are particularly helpful .
    Vary the styles of dance you do and the sort of music you're dancing to (that's why Southport is so great with all those different rooms).
    Swap from being a follower to a leader occasionally (leaders generally do less work so it can give you a break if you've been following all night).
    Dance with your mates and have loads of fun - the time will fly by

    S. x

  18. #18
    Formerly known as DavidJames David Bailey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Norf Lundin
    Posts
    17,001
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkles
    leaders generally do less work
    Where I come from, ma'am, them's fightin' words.

    Seriously, if you think you can focus enough concentration at the proverbial 5am, after all this alcohol, to provide a clear lead to someone who may not be at their best, when you're normally a follower, then to you.

  19. #19
    Sal
    Guest

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidJames
    Where I come from, ma'am, them's fightin' words.

    Seriously, if you think you can focus enough concentration at the proverbial 5am, after all this alcohol, to provide a clear lead to someone who may not be at their best, when you're normally a follower, then to you.
    Sparkles is a fabulous lead, and has been everytime I have danced with her. That includes at whatever time in the morning we were champagne-fuelled dancing in the peacehaven after the London champs.


  20. #20
    Forum Bombshell - Our Queen! Lory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    North London
    Posts
    9,918
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    17

    Re: TOP TIPS - For Endurance Freestyling

    Quote Originally Posted by Minnie M
    Do not abuse
    Yes Minnie, the idea is to reach this.........
    Quote Originally Posted by SilverFox
    reaching that dreamy state of mind, when one is blissfully unaware of everything around them except the music and their partner. Perfect for the Blues Room at around 5.00am.
    ........state and NOT to miss an entire nights dancing!

    You seemed to get it 'just right' the second night though!
    MODERATOR AT YOUR SERVICE
    "If you're going to do something tonight, that you know you'll be sorry for in the morning, plan a lie in." Lorraine

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Top Three Tips
    By Gadget in forum Beginners corner
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 20th-February-2007, 11:46 PM
  2. Ceroc.. Enjoyment or Endurance event?
    By Beowulf in forum Let's talk about dance
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 29th-September-2006, 12:27 AM
  3. Useful Tips
    By Stuart in forum Fun and Games
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 5th-December-2005, 10:20 AM
  4. Wiggling Tips
    By robd in forum Beginners corner
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 1st-July-2005, 09:28 AM
  5. Tips please !!!
    By Wendy in forum Let's talk about dance
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 18th-November-2002, 08:05 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •