On this episode of Dance Teachers Academy Katusha Demidova and Arunas Bizokas. Recently retired at Blackpool 2019 and with a hint of the retirement coming on this episode? You be the judge.
But how do you become 10 time world champions? Find out on this podcast. Broadcast from the 30th Anniversary Emerald Ball they discuss how they work very productively together. Katusha compliments Arunas on his amazing ability to deal with a woman. They discuss their mottos “Stay in shape”and “Agree to disagree.”
They also discuss how they continue to practice and they like practicing. Jose and I particularly enjoyed the story they shared on this podcast of the unexpected challenge prior to their first World Championship win. They discuss their excitement at that time being in line to win the World Championship, only to wake up in a remote part of Alaska! By a traveler’s miracle, they still made it to win the World Championship!
Katusha and Arunas then share beautiful advice for instructors. They discuss the importance of balance in instruction. For example, to not overload the student with information so that they become paralyzed. They both agree that a good teacher must instruct with encouragement and prioritize what the dancer needs. Even Arunas likes to have inspiration and motivation before performance!
They discuss how competitors are sensitive right before competition, and this is important for an instructor to understand. Katusha is a very competitive person. You can see it in her marvelous and intoxicating green eyes! We had a wonderful laugh when she brings up a quote,”Dance competition is not a matter of life and death, its much more important!” In seriousness though her advice to enjoying the dance competition journey – Healthy competition is the key. We invite everyone to enjoy this podcast and enjoy their competition North American Imperial Star Ball in November too!
Enjoy watching the full Interview below!