Ballroom Dance > how are your lessons going? thread II

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

  1. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lesson yesterday evening...ran through 3 smooth routines in preparation for upcoming event...had been experiencing pre event jitters prior to lesson but seem to be ok now, hopefully it's passed...practice went ok...the answer to most everything remains lower down and use your legs more...if that's not the answer then it's stretch/shape something or draw out/differentiate the timing more is...received random comment from another student looked good out there...uhmmmm, thank thinking that's out of nowhere, I sure don't feel like an elegant dancer

    One side effect of dancing, and working out at the gym, is I'm developing some interesting muscles in my legs.
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  2. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Yet. ;)

    Fascination beat me to posting this.
  3. Loki

    Loki Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Fasc and Purr, I know.
    Just can be rather ego deflating.
  4. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    no room for ego in dance...none...lost mine years ago....trampled so many times it just wasn't worth carrying anymore
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  5. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Learning is a process, and it takes time.

    Yesterday during my lesson I had a conversation with pro about the introduction to waltz routine. I said we're doing this to start currently, which isn't what the coach gave us. Pro said I was trying to make it simplier for you, because it (movement) looks a little forced. I said I don't want to make it easier, because I'm never going to get any better otherwise. Pro said ok.

    I don't really care how stupid I might look, I'll get there in the end, and at least I tried. It's one of those things I wished I was more elegant and refined, but I'm not there yet.
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  6. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Frustrating lesson this week. I was cranky and out of sorts a bit at the beginning, and definitely by the end.

    Finished choreo for tango and quickstep... not loving one of the tango walls so far, but maybe it will come.

    Discussions with pro about:
    - whether the new tango long wall needed another figure (Him: maybe, yes. Me: No. We're just stepping through it right now. Add a figure and dance it full out, and we'll be out of space.)
    - more changes to tango hold to try and find a comfortable and strong connection. The new thought is that the issue is in my right wrist angle, not the arm/shoulder/back use, and in the height of his right hand.
    - why I couldn't seem to run QS from start to finish. Um... I learned two of the walls about 10 minutes ago, don't totally have the ones from 2 weeks ago down (and we just made a couple changes to them), and I have new figures learned oh, today, that I am trying to do. Give me a week or two, will you? Or at least a day of practice? Sheesh.
  7. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    Had second Latin lesson yesterday. We haven't touched Latin for three years. Oy. I'm excruciatingly rusty. But, we are rebuilding the basics, and I am enjoying the change.
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  8. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    choreography, lighter connection, partnering...some work on my contracheck and some other nasty habits....feels so good to be sore again and inspired
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  9. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    Heading back to lesson(s) next week. Should be interesting.
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  10. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    more today in partnering, dancing through things rather than killing them, monitoring amount of connection and new choreo....quite nice
  11. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lesson Friday afternoon...major issue was working on first wall of tango routine...the choreography is clever, but challenging, and it's all on me to sell it...I'm working on arm styling, including this head loop wrap coming out of a change in's great when the head loop works, not so great when it doesn't...had one laugh during initially was saying at beginning of routine in shadow, you're not taking big enough I take big steps...but at the end of the wall I do a spin and separate from him to finish...I take really big has to scramble to keep says, I didn't think you were going to take that big of steps...

    No major issue with v. waltz other than the the usual...stay lowered's the story of my life...only a few more practices to go before event...thankfully nerves from last week are gone...just looking forward to getting on with it...will say I've learned a lot about the dynamics of movement in the past year regardless of how results turn out...
  12. Wannabee

    Wannabee Well-Known Member

    This! Definitely my feelings about yesterday's lesson. I was just coming back after a 10 day hiatus, longest break for me since I began dancing years ago. I'm crossing my fingers that a little of what was wrong was due to this, but I'm suspicious that it isn't as responsible as I would like for it to be.

    Pro was correcting a piece of technique in rumba. He would fix it, then something else would go wrong and he would have to fix that. By the time he "fixed" everything, I honestly could not remember what the original problem was.
  13. Purr

    Purr Well-Known Member

    Lesson yesterday...dancing wasn't bad...but getting mixed feelings about going to dance event on Sunday...pretty close to saying to (moderates self) with the whole thing...made SOS call to the troops this morning...
  14. musicbrain

    musicbrain Member

    Got the first chunk of our gold Paso routine. DP is dragging his heels (figuratively!) We had a routine once upon a time in Silver, but never really learned it. So there's going to be a bit of an uphill battle!
  15. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Smooth lesson tonight reaffirmed my love of the style! Did some solid work on fixing positioning and moving to "dominate" the space rather than just dancing down the line. Also started some basic silver foxtrot patterns, and I have a new favorite step!! That fallaway to oversway just feels sooooo nice when you nail it!
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  16. Lillypad

    Lillypad New Member

    Lesson was difficult, but good. We went over our rumba routine and worked on basic technique since I'm still new at Latin. My partner is a bit more experienced but it's good to know that he has things he has to work too, a little reassurance for me that the lesson is not a waste for him. Our coach says that it's even more important for him to develop a clear lead since I still don't quite know what I am doing.
  17. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Say some more about what you did with this. I think I get what it's about, but I'd like to hear more.
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  18. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Basically, the idea was to emphasize movement between the center of the floor and the edge of the floor more than movement down the line of dance and to really finish the movements all the way even when you're changing direction immediately (such as in the progressive open twinkles from the dvida silver waltz syllabus). Although at first it didn't make sense (my previous understanding was that smooth was meant to travel quickly down line of dance), it made sense after thinking about it more: the total circumference of LOD is much bigger than the distance from wall to center, so it will be easier for an observer to quickly spot a couple filling more of the space orthogonal to LOD than a couple moving more quickly down LOD if both are doing equally more than the other couples in their respective choices.
  19. danceronice

    danceronice Well-Known Member

    Pro is increasingly allowing me to indulge my inner Cyd Charisse. I accused him of the open side by side work being a sneaky attempt to make me learn foxtrot figures. Other advise I accused him of trying to make me like it by convincing me it's really just like Latin. He likes my framing concept for the showcase. The music editing may actually be the hardest part.
  20. JudeMorrigan

    JudeMorrigan Well-Known Member

    I had a nice lesson with my pro instructor last night. We spend some time on rotation, use of my back and head positioning. And I now have functional silver smooth waltz and foxtrot routines. They're fairly bare-bones, but they are functional. And unequivocably silver.
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