Dance Rehearsals

Being alone all week gave Shiva and I the chance to practice our dance moves for Honey the Great Dane’sย Dancing with the Doggie Stars Competition. It’s not that I embarrass that easily but I do prefer to make an idiot of myself without a snickering audience. A snickering live audience especially. It’s okay if blogland is laughing at me because I can’t hear you.

Here is our very first practice video. It’s very rough and I had no idea what I was doing, but I assure you we had lots of fun. I hope you enjoy!

Thanks again to Honeyย for being such a great inspiration!

Please don’t hesitate to share any and all opinions in the comments. If we are to have any hope of winning this thing – or at least not losing too miserably – I am going to need some great ideas!

21 thoughts on “Dance Rehearsals

  1. I think Shiva’s doing really well – and it’s made the LOTH go a bit tear-y because she says Shiva looks so happy and also is trying so HARD to please you and do what you want. You make a great team. Keep on keeping on! You’ll be great.

    (The LOTH may of course just be tear-y because her elbow hurts…but really, it wasn’t ALL my fault)

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  2. wow, I’m impressed. You can really tell you two had fun. It looks like she mostly understood what you were asking. Maybe you should work some more specific words though you seem to be in sink for the most part so I bet she would get more fluid as she sees the same props. But maybe break your total dance into sections and work on each section till it’s mastered then link them together. Having never done much like this I really don’t have a ton of advice. Keep it up though it’s looking great.
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  3. Shiva really has potential to become a top competitor in “doggie dancing”! She’s really good at it and eager to please. Too bad that cross breeds can’t officially compete ’cause I think that she would do quite well.

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  4. That is just awesome!!! I don’t know much about freestyle and doggie dancing so it’s hard to suggest what you should be doing.

    Keep practicing and having fun! It’s always great to see dogs and owners enjoying time together!

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  5. I don’t have any dance move suggestions, but I did want to say that this is so adorable! And for a first rehearsal, it’s looking good …I am sure you’ll do great!

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  6. Lol, I’m impressed, you both have such great moves:) Neither Beryl or I are remotely that energetic or clever. But for us it’s just about having fun and Beryl learning a couple of new things along the way. My brain can’t cope with teaching her too much either:) I get confused as quickly as she does, lol. Looking forward to seeing your final routine, I know it’s going to be awesome!

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  7. That is really impressive! You guys are doing great!

    I love how Shiva’s tail wags! You ought to tie a scarf or bell to it for added drama in the dancing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  8. Fabulous. I’d just reiterate what some of the others have said, in that maybe you need to define your commands. I noticed you said jump for shiva to jump in the air, but also said jump for her to jump over the broom handle. Also when you are dancing, maybe be aware that your hand movements might make shiva think you are giving her a command.

    As I said at the start your routine is fabulous. It’s so obvious how much Shiva has bonded with you and how much fun she is having.

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  9. Both of you form a great team!!! I love to see how happy Shiva is and how much she wants to do whatever she is asked to. Her wagging tail should be added a plus point too, as Houndstooth said, it might be a good idea to tie a ribbon or a bell to it. She’s a darling and she’s definitely a star!!!

    You guys ROCK!!!

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  10. Nothing better than seeing a happy girl enjoy herself! OK, two girls enjoying themselves. I like it, it’s far better anything that I’d be able to do with George, so well done. It’s thumbs up from me and can’t wait to see how you polish your act.

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  11. Oh Shiva! I am speechless!! You are absolutely awesome!!! If you keep going at this rate, you’re going to win the contest for sure!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I agree with what everybody has said – you look like a great team and are having so much fun already – it’s just wonderful to watch.

    I agree also about being more specific/consistent with the commands – coz us doggies don’t generalise well and while humans can understand that ‘jump’ can mean jump over something as well as jump up in mid-air, for us doggies, that’s 2 different types of movements so I would use different commands for those. My human uses “Over” for me to jump over any obstacle and “Up!” for me to jump up & put my paws up on something and “Jump” for just jumping straight up in mid-air (although I can’t do this very easily).

    I also agree that you should maybe split up the routine into short sequences – like say 4-5 sections – and just practice each section until they are really slick and you’re doing them sort of on “auto-pilot” – this means then that when you eventually come to joining them together, you just need to work on the “join” because the sequences themselves will already be very familiar & easy for you to do.

    It’s too hard trying to do the whole routine from start to finish in the beginning – it just becomes too messy and we doggies lose our focus and the humans get out of time with the music and get flustered and stuff…you’ve still got a month so plenty of time – so I would just practise the sequences/sections now until you know them REALLY well and not worry about joining them up until a bit later! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yeah, the other thing is that us doggies respond to body language & hand signals much more quicklu/easily than verbal cues! So as dancing doggies, we have to learn to respond to just verbals and ignore what our humans hands are doing coz they might need them to do other stuff for the dance. The best way to practise this is to get your human to put her hands behind her back and just say the commands to you and see if you’ll do them without hand signals – and reward you lots when you do! You might need a bit of help in the beginning but you should be able to do it! If a big, slow, stupid doggie like me can do it, I’m sure a fast, clever pup like you can no problem! This way, it’ll help you stop being distracted by your human’s hands and body moving during the dance – you’ll only be following what her mouth says! :0)

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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  12. Oh, I forgot to say – check out the latest post on my blog (DWTDS Week 4) coz my human has made some videos to help with choreography and also how to break down a routine to teach to us doggies and then put it all together to music – so you might find those helpful!

    Slobbers,
    Honey the Great Dane

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