Oh Yeah. I remember this.... having lessons at least a month apart, I was learning what I thought was right for a month, and then having to undo it, and learning it wrong again for the next month. I got a video camera at that point and it was much better. You can see what the teacher shows you over and over, in slow motion, correctly. And then filming myself practicing solo, and seeing what was wrong, and fixing it....learning was much more positive after that. Even though I haven't been having regular lessons for the last two years due to my health, I have just done the first video practice (just waltz) since surgery. I can play it in slow motion and see exactly what I need to work on: where I am losing the body line, where I'm not closing my feet, which steps I lose my "lift"on. Even my arm lines aren't too bad - I know that my left shoulder has a little bit more to do before it is good (it froze after the other surgery) - there are still a few tiny areas that haven't "thawed" completely. I finished off with a few waltz basics (closed change, Natural turn, cc, reverse turn, whisk, chasse, spin turn from 4 directions) to see how my toe extension was looking in the back steps - it's ok, but I need to lower more, push off more and so on. I guess now it will come back as my muscles get fitter. I also tried out some Tango for the first time -it feels good, especially the twist turn/pivots/twist turn/pivots bit. So will video that next time
The work on the 5 beats of Foxtrot has gotten extended to 8 beats--the three proceeding beats--and when that goes well enough he throws in the 4 following beats. It's getting there. (No where near divine, however.)
Sorry--"the 5 beats of Foxtrot" was short hand for "the five beats of foxtrot that we had worked on for close to an hour during an earlier lesson": a few steps that I was having difficulty with which was described a few posts back. I have absolutely no idea why I though what I wrote would be clear to anybody....
ok rhythm lesson, but my knee nearly gave out from pain, FUN. The lightbulb moment changes in rumba and cha cha are getting into my body, but i realized i don't need to alter my swing as much as i thought. for the knee, been doing new exercises from my PT to resolve the nagging pain and strength issues, and the knee has not been liking it much. I'm a bit tired of this knee crap. two smooth lessons planned this week, and i'm debating canceling one just because ow.
Had four hour long classes over the weekend and Mon/tues, as I had those days off. It was a lot of fun as I got one of the owners to teach me for the last two days. She noticed things about me that none of the other instructors did. The chest up and out, there should be an angle at the hips in the crotch, many posture related things. She also found out why I don’t have a good lead with the women I danced with, I didn’t keep a strong frame, I wasn’t moving my partner, she would always just move. I feel a lot more confident now because of this.
My regular instructor is out for a month, but she will be back at the beginning of March. I’m so excited.
I worked on waltz a bit, and quickstep, but I started rumba and chacha to get ready for competition in July. I should be able to perfect those before then. As for a partner, the owner is trying to find me one right now, but I may just go with my regular instructor, regardless of the cost
smooth and rhythm last night, and my knee held up (mostly). continued some good improvement in smooth (FINALLY) with a lightbulb moment there carrying on from the earlier lesson this week. looking forward to practicing this weekend.
Extra lessons this week ( I finally finished making up lessons from vacation and then being sick). We used them to have Pro coach Newer Guy and me, and then for NG and me to practice. I think we all enjoy those lessons a lot. As Pro has said, he gets a different take on my dancing watching it. Plus, while I never wanted to be able to only dance with one person, these coachings help the continuity of dancing with both of them.
Work has continued with connection: switching between the connection being in different places, switching between compression and expansion, reconnecting after being apart (I tend to take way too long to reconnect ), etc. It feels great when it all works well. Only problem is that I sometimes get distracted by how good my teacher looks. "What's he doing dancing like that with me???"
Had an incredible coaching session with a very well known pro a few weeks back, who did very minor tweaks to our rumba routine that suddenly make it feel like an entirely new (and much better) routine. Now I'm just waiting to actually get back to lessons so we can practice!
good rhythm lesson yesterday. knee is holding steady - not getting any better, but not getting worse. had a good discussion about millennium and coachings and comps, and at least got my side heard. also very excited about a small showdance i'll be doing with a good friend and both our pros (80's aerobics style!) that they are being very reasonable about with lessons and choreo. so progress! although i have been thinking about how much shelf life my body has to dance at the level i'm dancing now, sigh.
My image of my dancing improves, but it is always behind. By the time I accept that I dance at level n, my teachers expect me to dance at level n + 1, or even n+2. Me, really pleased at how well I did something:"Wow, that felt so great! I didn't know I could do that!" Teacher: "I did. I expect it of you. Stop being so excited and let's get back to work."
For whatever reason, I've always had trouble maintaining a nice stretch from elbow to elbow. After (yet another) coach pointed it out to me and did a lovely manual stretch of my arms to produce it, I am actually managing to incorporate it when dancing. To me, if feels fantastic, though I suspect I'm doing about a 10th of what I actually need to do. She also solved some conundrums along the lines of, "How come I sometimes do this brilliantly and sometimes pretty much fall on the leader?"
My next competition is in a week, and Pro has declared that we are using the newer VW figures. One of them is becoming enjoyable, the other one is a tad more questionable, but getting there. The way he has the VW laid out at the moment, those are what we are beginning with, however.
The grrr: Pro is changing my days again for family reasons. I can't really be peeved about the reason (which I do know the details of), but I can be peeved about the change (the second in as many months) and the proposed solution (which is less than optimal). Waiting a few days to decide if this is just a reaction on my part or a real feeling. And if I can schedule wiggle to make it happen on my side.
On the positive side: new waltz choreo, swapping out an old short wall and a bit for something new and decidedly more complicated. It's awesome, and I like it a lot, and it gets rid of the 2 spots in my routine that I had expressed less than "I love it" feelings for (1 "boring", 1 that I've just never liked). Goodbye misc. basics with tumble turn and forward contracheck into standing spin, hello way more fun chasse roll, shape, ronde with tricky entrance and twist turn. After one lesson, half of which was spent making it up, the video tells me its nearly comp-ready. Apparently, it suits me