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Hi Ushma. Speed is a critical function of a subset of muscles you have (endurance being the other subset). These muscle fibers need to be challenged in order to make you really fast. If you are training regimen is the same, you will not be able to progress towards your desired goal – which is one of the issues with randomn schedules of dance practice sessions, not based in goal setting. You will also more importantly need to train the energy system that responds the fastest to speed bursts (there are three different energy systems in your body!). This will ensure that you can increase the ability of your body to cope with increased oxygen demands, more blood supply, more turnover of energy compounds and so on… in a very short time. Also, you need to understand how to position those speed units in a choreography so your body can actually deliver them (build recovery etc). There are limits to human performance that come into play. Your question is making me think! Perhaps a video series on this concept may be useful… thank you for this inspiration.