Thanks in advance.
Well first of all who is teaching you footwork and what stepping style are you using?
Classic partner dance like Walz or Latin partner dance like Tango or Samba may be totally sufficient.
More exhausting is preformance dance like Ballet or Irish Dance like the stuff from "Lord of the Dance".
In the end it may be the question, you feel the latter is the ghey or just fun.
Awesome. As far as I'm concerned that is the RIGHT way to move. You want to do that in every direction too. So if you are moving backwards you drive off your front foot and if you are moving left you drive off your right foot etc.
3 things I did to help my movement in order of importance.
1) Spend 3 fight length rounds (if you fight 3x5 minutes each round is 5 minutes) at the end of each practice moving around the ring. Forward backward left right diagonal start over. every time return to the center of the ring. Periodically change the direction you are facing and continue. I did this for a year until I could glide across the ring in any direction from the center very quickly.
2) skip rope. lots of fucking skipping. learn all the gay tricks that you can't do right now. Like switching the rope and skipping doubles and most importantly switching your stance while moving around the room.
3) occasionally use a slip line. This is where you tie a string or wrist wraps diagonally across the boxing ring then slip to either side of it while moving across the ring and back.
What, is no one else going to recommend learning how to Bboy?
I will, then. Gabe, learn how to breakdance. The only dance I know that's more lightfooted is tapdancing, and you won't learn how to do any flares or headspins therein.
Seriously, breakdancing. It worked for Genki Sudo, it can work for you:
To answer the question, I've heard that game Dance Dance Revolution helps with footwork. Can't varify that though, as you'd have to pay me to play that game, or get me very very drunk. One of the two.
What helps for me is skateboarding. It's hard to pursue two separate passions, but if you're actually going to take a dance class in addition to your current training, you obviously have no problem with that.
Skateboarding will help you with learning to turn your ankles and pivot your weight, which by your description of yourself is what you need to work on, just as easily as any dance will. It aslo has the motivation of pain to succeed.
UPDATE: My coach has intercepted me and would rather I work at certain drills than take dance. I trust him with training implicitly, so I'm going to listen, which means dance is currently off the menu. Thanks for the drills, Shark, I've been doing them and progress is slow but steady.
Dance. The vertical expression of a horizontal desire
I am intrigued by the association of dancing and fighting
If you can take a woman, hold her and move her every which way, control her center of gravity and at the same time keep time to the music, not only are you liable to get laid, but you will become a superior fighter. It will train you to react to your partner/opponants body language more precisely and also help you manipulate anothers CoG when up close and personal
Why do we fight? To **** essentially. All fighting is essentially about passing on your seed by fighting all rivals allowing you to stick it in
Why do we dance? Again to ****. The woman is seeing, by the way you move her around and your style whether you are worthy to stick it in
Dancing is essentially stylised combat where you over power the female and fill her with your seed. If you dont do it the way she likes, well say hello to mister Palm!
IMO learning to dance can do nothing but aid your fighting and/or courting
The dance you learn is a matter of personal preferance. Maybe you like the hot sexy latin dances, or perhaps the more civilised ballroom styles float your boat, but they will all teach you the essential concepts of empathy/response, body placement and CoG manipulation
The wife and I learned Salsa/Merenge, but mainly because it was available, but we both would like to learn Ballroom dancing