Learned this week that an independent pro who sometimes teaches out of the studio I frequent has been telling her male students that if they get good enough, she'll let them try it with me (a figure, a dance, etc.)... so they'd better work hard, or she won't let them. Apparently her students all watch me practice during their lessons (I've never noticed - go dance bubble!), and I've become a motivating factor.
Totally flattering that she thinks I'm that good, and I get the need to give them small goals to work for, but really, I'm happy to try stuff with her students anytime... especially at a party. I don't feel like someone needs to attain some arbitrary level of ability before they can ask me to dance!
Got two super awesome compliments yesterday! 1. running rounds with my pro, dancing full out - in the middle of our swing, he does a completely different set of steps I don't recall (it was an "apart" section), and i'm all - what was that? Apparently he was so into the dancing that he went straight into his pro routine. flattering! 2. visiting coach (whom i didn't take a coaching with this time) came up after my lessons and said i was becoming a good dancer! apropos of nothing! certainly made me feel better and forget this stupid pinched nerve in my arm for a little.
Learning a group choreo, and one of the other dancers told me that they admired the way I do a slow, easy lock turn, esp. the way that I style and "own" it. Never mind that I stole the move from the teacher, I'll take it!
"My eyes just kept going back to you, your smile was so genuine!!" -one of my teacher's other students who was spectating the comp last weekend. This was especially poignant after struggling my whole dance career with my total inability to force a smile for pictures. Apparently, being "real" and not "pulling faces" is my winning formula!
"You and [partner] were like gifts from Jesus!" (paraphrased)
These sorts of comments, usually from newbies, are really flattering but also make me uncomfortable. I don't think I'm worthy of such praise, but I do have the best amateurs nationally as my aspiration/standard of comparison, so...yeah.
"You were really amazing, and you didn't even have shoes on." I went to a social dance, without the intent of social dancing (cuz I hate it) so I didn't bring my shoes. I was there for a school project. But since I haven't danced in soo long, I decided to say yes to the guy and made it clear that I would be dancing barefoot. I'm glad I still have it after over a year of no dancing/lessons.
"You were made for the Argentine Tango." - A friend last night after I did a brief impromptu showcase at our studio social. It's just one of the dances I've never had to really work on to look great at. Now only if it were in the competitions I went to..
Went to our first studio party in our new town. Asked a very tall very balletic looking girl to dance waltz. Turns out she's the prez of a smooth dancers club. Later she came by and introduced herself to the mrs and said " your husband is the best smooth social dancer I've ever danced with..well non pro" Later when i asked her to WCS i found her weakness tho LOL
compliments from the social floor generally mean more to me
Twice I was asked if I give private lessons and was given a business card from 2 different male social dancers in various studios. I was always refer them to the wife of my pro. It was really flattering though and compliments my dance teachers' work
If I calculated the cost per compliment rate with my teacher, it would be astronomical. Coaches and other teachers compliment me way more than he does.
However, since this thread is about the best compliment you have ever gotten on your dancing, the best by far is that not only do I feel good to dance with, but he likes how he feels when he's dancing with me. When a newish instructor was working with him one day and asked how it felt to lead her, she asked how it compared to leading me (in a good way: "do I feel as light as xxx", not, "please tell me I don't feel as awful as xxx"). Mind you, we are constantly working on it and improving it, which is why I don't get so many compliments from him. The topic is always, "how can we improve this."
Danced a short show number yesterday. Afterwards, random audience member told me:
"I love to watch you dance. You have that something, and made me forget to breathe. The connection that you and *pro* have sometimes brings tears to my eyes. You could see it before you started dancing, when you were just looking at each other."
(This routine had us starting at opposite ends of the ballroom, and dancing apart for a good 30 seconds - a little scary for this standard dancer!)
As someone who is fighting hard to become more than just a technical dancer, this one meant a lot!
At a competition Saturday, a woman whose dancing I greatly respect told my partner and me that we are her favorite couple to watch because of our connection and joy for the dance. It was so moving and she was so sincere...I had to work really hard to not cry!