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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    @fascination has done more concentrated sessions than that. ;) I have not, and I would not be able to because I cannot dance that much on one day without injuring myself. However, other people at my studio have, and there are some other people on here with experience doing that as well. Some...
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    Things that your dance instructor may not want to hear

    "I'm going skiing." I'm so injury prone that when heard I was going on a tame hike with another student he put her in charge of making sure I didn't get hurt. :rofl: When the topic of skiing came up once he just looked at me like I was a crazy person. I've actually decided that he's correct...
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    My last three lessons have pretty much been working on three steps--one measure of music. I think it started out being a slightly longer sequence, but has gradually become just this. The goal is for me to be able to dance a new, improved version of it on my own. It's (relatively) easy for him...
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    What I Learned At My Last Comp

    Yeah. New(er) Guy posted an otherwise stellar photo of me on his Facebook feed (with my permission) with an unfortunate facial expression. Pro pounced on it. I know that's not going to get better until I practice it in lessons, but we are usually working on things like, you know, me dancing...
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    The #metoo movement and how it applies to the dance community

    I agree, @snapdancer, not in the #metoo category. The inappropriate touch guys were truly creepy; the other guy just made an error. While not the best way to find out if a follower is interested in more than dancing, definitely not the worst. @VronskyWasSoVain, no, not young, just mistaken...
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    The #metoo movement and how it applies to the dance community

    There are the creepy men. There have been other threads on here about them, or the issue has at least come up in other threads. I have had a couple of incidents of inappropriate touch and one of inappropriate comments (in the latter case a leader confused my happiness at seeing him to get to...
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    Pro is back and I had my first lessons with him last week. We settled on goals for next comp: a few technique improvements rather than new material. Exactly what I was hoping for. :) Nothing so far is completely new, but I feel like a child learning to write. Clear indication that you have...
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    What I Learned At My Last Comp

    This was the first time I had competed with anybody other than my primary teacher and it went very well, particularly given what a lunatic I can be re competitions. :p My mental preparation definitely paid off and I am very pleased with how I danced. More work needed, of course, but most of...
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    Exercise/Diet Support Group

    Here are a few possibilities: Try the Streaks app. For me, it's better to start small: plan something doable and find some way to make yourself accountable. When I am out of the habit of doing something, I need to schedule it, have a check list, SOMETHING, or I just don't do it. Reward...
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    Life is Hard Thread

    So sorry, Cornutt.
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    Feeling discouraged: Is there something wrong with my visual memory?

    I remember much better if I practice what ever it is the same evening after I learn it; even waiting to the next day is too long.
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    I had my last lessons before competition with New(er) Guy today. It's probably dawning on the poor guy what a lunatic I can be around competitions. Today we had to restart our first dance twice. I don't remember what I did the first time, but the second time my thought process was "Aagh! I...
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    Go Pro or Stay Am?

    There are no age categories at the professional level, unlike pro-am and amateur. Thus, one can only be competitive up to a certain age and, if you start dancing somewhat later in life, there's not a lot time between getting good enough for it to be reasonable to compete professionally and...
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    Another nice set of lessons with New(er) Guy this week, preparing for a competition next week and continuing to apply concepts from the coaching we had two weeks ago. This will be the first time I have competed with anybody other than my at-the-time primary teacher and I have had my moments of...
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    how are your lessons going? thread II

    ^Ouch. Sorry. I think it's always a process getting comfortable dancing with a new teacher/partner. (I was fortunate when I had to switch: old and new teachers had similar backgrounds, liked each other's dancing quite a bit, and the at-the-time primary coach of one had been a primary coach...
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