Ballroom Dance > how are your lessons going? thread II

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by fascination, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    Pros should not be allowed to be away! Just kidding
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  2. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    We've decided the showcase will just not be ready by Indiana. But that leaves more room to focus on seeing how I handle competing Silver for the first time. Will be doing full bronze and the bronze scholarship, and pre-silver and the silver multidance. I fully anticipate getting my butt kicked in Silver, but at least it makes bronze feel easier. Now if I can just get over everything aching from the cold weather...

    JANATHOME Well-Known Member

    Final touches made to changes to gold international foxtrot routine to flow better on comp floor...I could not be happier with the "new and improved".

    Now if only I can get past the mental block of the running finish in the QS.
  4. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Had one of those "I suck, and can't dance" sort of lessons last night.

    I arrived frozen from the super-awesome weather, and not as early as I would have liked, meaning I started out not totally warmed-up, and it took me a while to get there. First 10 minutes or so, legs were stiff, transitions were rough, and I just wasn't working through the floor as much as usual.

    Pro is still in super-focused pre-comp mode. I got a LOT of fix-this, fix-that last night. The constant stream of rapid-fire corrections for an hour had me in a bit of a funk by the end. Oh, and the blaring music from another lesson that gave me a headache didn't help. Confidence was pretty low by the end. Pro may have suspected I was a bit off as the lesson concluded with multiple hugs, which is atypical.

    This morning, I am feeling moderately better. Lessons have been really good lately, so I was due for a bad one... and I know I can dance. I had a bit off an off night, and pro was in a mood is all. Really just wish pro and I could get on the same comp-prep timeline though. I'm about a week away from shifing to run-throughs and polishing up only as I feel the heavy work should be done, and he seems to be just upping the intensity now. Something to table at a future discussion, I think.
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    multiple hugs/lessons? does not compute :)
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  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    when your pro is in a THAT is a thread....
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  7. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Yup, our pros have different approaches for sure. From what you've shared, my pro's moods don't even equate to a good day for yours.
  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

  9. Wannabee

    Wannabee Well-Known Member

    That's funny because my lesson was underwhelming last night as well, and my pro was also in a mood. Though probably less so than I. I felt like I could have bitten everyone's head off and spit it back out. I'm feeling better today, to my husband's great relief.
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  10. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lesson yesterday...dealing with an injury but tired of feeling sorry for myself about it...moving on...variety of dances on lesson...smooth theme seemed to be move yourself more/bigger than ever/keep it moving...still dealing with issues with shadow figures in waltz...asked for clarification on figure in rumba, ok, it's what I thought it was...had a brain freeze in east coast swing, what the heck was that....salsa started out good but had a minor mishap...did a couple of somethings right in the bolero, but no idea how I accomplished this (might have been a carryover from the move yourself more/bigger theme)...ended with tango, move more/bigger/faster/sharper

    Big hug at end of lesson for such a good lesson...very atypical...who are you and what have you done with my pro??!!
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  11. RiseNFall

    RiseNFall Well-Known Member

    :) I think my pro is more likely to give me a hug if I'm clearly feeling incompetent…as long as I'm still trying hard. Whining, grumbling, complaining, or looking like I might give up (which I of course never, never, well almost hardly ever do) are at best ignored. As I'm literally old enough to be his mother, it's amusing when he responds like a stern parent.
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  12. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    interesting how different all of the dynamics can be...heh
  13. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Clearly. From time to time, I've observed folks watching my lessons just for the entertainment value.
  14. sbrnsmith

    sbrnsmith Well-Known Member

    Finishing an amazing week of lessons, 11 hours in all and feels good. What doesn't feel so good is knowing I have 2 weeks before my next class :(

    Edited to add- my pro has never given me a hug! He doesn't express himself that way
  15. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lesson Friday...was in pain most of the lesson but pushed through it...dancing ok...taking a few days off before lessons Thursday and Friday....event coming up fast...not real hopeful at this point about a great performance, more worried about lasting through the event...
  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    discovered a few things to work on for the coming week....and he started out in a good enough mood, but I am struggling with the new normal and it threatens my morale...going to have to pull myself together and get a glass half full perspective ...
  17. OreganO

    OreganO Member

    great private with a visiting coach this weekend that made some (what feels like) major and good changes to smooth. Yay! She also managed to point out a few things to tweak in rhythm that the current coach hadn't articulated yet, all of which desperately needed to happen! Hooray for new focuses!
  18. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Holy samba rolls, batman!
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  19. Wannabee

    Wannabee Well-Known Member

    An absolute divine and dreamy experience at my very first coaching session. Why have we not done this sooner?!?! And even though it won't be all that often, I plan to repeat it as much as I can.
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  20. Dean

    Dean Member

    New year, new teachers. And last night was the first time I took the lesson from my new teacher's partner, and it was great! Hopefully my "lead" skill will improve dramatically with the new arrangement by taking lessons from both of them.

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