how are your lessons going? thread II

Purr

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My lessons were sporadic, to say the least, over the past couple of months, and I haven't had any lessons for a month or so. I don't miss the regime of 2 or 3 or more lessons and a group class or so per week. Time goes on, interests change, and after a while I wondered what is the point to this? I can hold my own very well, thank you, at a social. I don't want to compete now, and my attempts at even doing a showcase have been disastrous. Only a few dances that I didn't do well to begin with have suffered. I may pick up a group class and possibly a lesson here or there soon, or not. We'll see. I can see a point someday that I stop dancing and don't look back.
 

Purr

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Another thing I forgot to mention, is after awhile it's amazing how quickly one's bank account balance builds up. But of course it will if one isn't spending hundreds, or thousands, of dollars per month on dancing. Everything adds up, and then it doesn't. What I spend on socials, and there aren't many that I attend, pales in comparison to the everything else.
 

scullystwin42

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Another thing I forgot to mention, is after awhile it's amazing how quickly one's bank account balance builds up. But of course it will if one isn't spending hundreds, or thousands, of dollars per month on dancing. Everything adds up, and then it doesn't. What I spend on socials, and there aren't many that I attend, pales in comparison to the everything else.
i hear that. right now, i'm ok with it, but i know that i have to cut back substantially in the next two years. College savings, yo.
 

Purr

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Intermediate group class on American Tango Friday; class fine; I was mostly focused on doing the movements on my own; couldn't really to do it correctly with leads in class

Lesson Sunday on WCS, one of the dances that has gone downhill some; pro attempting to restructure dance; we'll see where this goes; I don't do WCS socially much because it doesn't work right; used to love WCS but now cringe when it comes up in socials

Lesson followed by AT group class; class fine; information in class really basic, but it was new for most of the students; class has to start somewhere
 

IndyLady

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Started taking lessons with a new instructor at an independent studio (in addition to current studio). We are working on standard and Latin, which is brand new to me as my background is largely American/social. Very excited to be learning new styles. I also appreciate the physical intensity of the lessons - definitely getting my money's worth here.
 

cornutt

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I don't do WCS socially much because it doesn't work right; used to love WCS but now cringe when it comes up in socials
I think I know what you mean. A few years ago, something happened to my cha-cha and all of a sudden, nothing felt right. Took me nearly a year before it started to feel normal again. That was right before I started having trouble with my knee, and I wonder if the knee was already starting to malfunction even though I wasn't aware of it (or I was denying it) at the time.
 

cornutt

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Am partner and I decided last night that we are not going to dance in the upcoming showcase this weekend. We had cut the song short trying to get something together, but we still were just barely getting through it. There is a specific reason why we want to be able to dance the whole song, though. So we made the decision last night to skip this showcase. Having done that, we went back on to the original plan; we ditched the ending we had developed for the shortened version, and picked back up with the original choreo where we left off. We worked on getting to an interesting pose where I have my right hand on her right shoulder as I'm sort of leaning back with my back to her; from there, I lead her to a ronde and then walk her around a pirouette.
 

Purr

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I think I know what you mean. A few years ago, something happened to my cha-cha and all of a sudden, nothing felt right. Took me nearly a year before it started to feel normal again. That was right before I started having trouble with my knee, and I wonder if the knee was already starting to malfunction even though I wasn't aware of it (or I was denying it) at the time.
Basically, it boils down to being told too many times I do "ballroom WCS". Pro taught me one way, and it's not what the WCS community does socially. Pro and I are working on it, but I'm not sure it's a fixable problem. It's really hard to break entrenched habits. I can make the jump between AT and ballroom tango, but WCS is a different story entirely.
 

scullystwin42

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only one lesson last week due to needing to be home to take care of my husband (on crutches from stress fracture) and getting back into the swing of things this week. got a lot of practice last week, but i'm a little stuck at rhythm. think i'm at a plateau. i'm trying to be aware of it and not let it frustrate me but the work situation is EXTRA STRESSFUL and it's spilling over to dancing. If i can just get through this week at work maybe it will get better.
 

3wishes

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Hey Purr, I know what you mean about WCS, pro in my lesson wanted to mix it up and do some WCS, I didn't share or I forgot to share that WCS was my original learning format and I still dance it and attend their scheduled events, and as soon as he rolled me out I stopped and said no let's not. Letting him know (although it's really not his fault) that he is doing ballroom WCS and it simply is not how I dance it in the WCS community. So, that day, he learned something from me....and then we continued with American smooth instead. Lol.
 

Purr

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The WCS community is big here, and there's a lot of events. I just don't feel comfortable going to any of them.

We'll see where the lessons with pro go. Maybe coaching would help, or lessons with a WCS teacher. Group classes generally aren't that helpful, at least for me.

Or maybe I'd rather do AT.
 

jiwinco

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Another thing I forgot to mention, is after awhile it's amazing how quickly one's bank account balance builds up. But of course it will if one isn't spending hundreds, or thousands, of dollars per month on dancing. Everything adds up, and then it doesn't. What I spend on socials, and there aren't many that I attend, pales in comparison to the everything else.
Amazing how the financial situation changes isn't it? I took a break (privates & competition) a year ago and I am not sure if/when I will go back. I enjoy so many other things right now. Yes, I felt a true loss at times, and still do, but I just can't justify the expense and time right now. Who knows what the future will bring.
 

cornutt

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Basically, it boils down to being told too many times I do "ballroom WCS". Pro taught me one way, and it's not what the WCS community does socially.
Hmm. I learned WCS in the studio, but I've been out to WCS clubs and I never got accused of being "ballroomy". (On the other hand, our coach has accused my WCS of being "clubby"... :eek:) Sounds like the WCS scene where you are is rather insular. I don't think I would give a lot of dances to someone who feels like they can criticize my dancing just because I'm not in their clique.
 

RiseNFall

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Cornutt, there's a Ballroom version of WCS that is so far from what the WCS community dances that it's just not compatible--the WCS community CAN be snobby, but that isn't necessarily what happened with Purr. I'm fortunate in that the ballroom teachers at the studio I dance at are ambidextrous with their WCS.
 

Purr

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Second lesson for retooling of WCS...pro reworked the basic...practices some figures...and danced to tempo...pro seemed pleased...I think his idea of the retooled basic is a little pedestrian...but I'm willing to go along with it...at the end of this I'm probably going to add my own thing anyway...an example, he says no tap step for now...high likelihood a few tap steps will sneak their way in eventually; it's hard to break old habits...I was also taught a compression step years ago that might sneak it's way in...pro is also working to ensure there's a definite hook in the connection...haven't really observed this with follows in the WCS community...but what do I know???

Also did AT...pro says I'm over rotating my ochos. :eek: :(:oops:
 

FancyFeet

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My samba needs work. I sometimes accent the wrong beats, don't use my ribcage enough, and have a tendency to not straighten my legs all the way. Much conversation about where to place my body weight and how to create the time for me to straighten my long legs... upper (action) and lower (balance) centres was the idea that made it click. I like to use one or the other apparently, and am seriously bad at employing both to complete a movement... which is why it often looks like I don't finish or am blocking myself. I now understand the concept, but am only able to apply it ~20% of the time at speed. I sense much repetition in my future.

In standard, it's been rounds. Comp is in less than 2 weeks. They're going not terribly, given the stage of prep we're in. Still burning a little too much energy in VW, making the 5 feel harder than it needs to, and have a tendency to straighten my legs at a couple points in TG and QS... but these things feel fixable.
 

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