Stage picture on a blog on how to conquer performance anxiety

Performance Anxiety

If every time before going on stage you feel nervous, have performance anxiety, or are even ready to call the whole thing off, and you want to conquer this feeling, here are my thoughts. The 3 basics I have been performing on stage since the age of 6. Many people around me, my students, colleagues and audience think at this point of my life as an…


Ksenia swing dancing picture wall on a blog on Choreographing

On Choreographing

"The Art of Starting or The Magic of Inspiration When we talk about creating anything, or choreographing, 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 composer John…


Photo of Ksenia Parkhatskaya teaching swing dancing to big group

Essential tips for learning & growing in Jazz Dance

In this post, I am going to share something precious that helps me growing in 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…


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Announcing Jam Circle: a Community Platform

Today I am very excited to launch our new community sharing platform for all members. Jam Circle is a modern, adaptable forum-style website that is designed to serve as a companion to Ksenia’s Secrets of Solo online dance classes, connect our Members with chat and sharing facilities, and provide a place where I can interact and provide…


A drawing of dancers on a blog about practicing improvisation

Practice Time 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…