^^My goal is to get good enough that my really off days look pretty, and are good enough to final/place Another lesson for me last night - they have been frequent over the last week or so due to pro's imminent departure for Blackpool, and my competition scheduled shortly after he returns - and it was decent, though not great. Last lesson before he leaves, actually. We ran all the dances I'll be doing, and I happily can make it through full run-throughs now... but there's still some stuff to fix. Especially tango, which is just not at the quality of the others and therefore stands out - and not in a good way On the happy side, I hit a foxtrot wall last night so well that it made pro go to new levels of excitement. Usually, he just gets quiet when things are going well, but last night he lit up and was literally bouncing a bit on his feet as he talked. Apparently, "that was perfect, and is how I want you to dance foxtrot all the time", and it was "so easy and light". Great, now I've raised the bar on myself. I admit, it felt awesome: bounce fallaway has never had that fun and bouncy but floaty and powerful look before, and throwaway oversway has never felt that effortless or looked that great... but I'm still trying to figure out what I did. I was able to replicate it a few times last night, and apply it to other walls, but I'm a little worried that I'll struggle to find it again... Oh, and if FT can consistently feel like that, I completely understand how so many of the standard pros say that it is their favourite dance. Following the lesson, also scheduled a chat with pro to write down the changes made to my routines over the last couple days so I can practice them, discuss my "homework" for his time away, and decide on my competition entries as the registration deadline is while pro is away. We had planned to do this yesterday, but didn't get to it. He mentions that he doen't really want me to register yet, and he'll tell me why when we talk... I say ok, but remind him how I feel about paying late fees (really only ok when the decision to go is made late)... he says we'll talk. The last time he hedged on me registering for something we had been planning for months, it was because he and his partner were hoping to qualify for a big international comp (and did) so I couldn't do mine, and had to sub another one that was unsatifying. So now I have until tomorrow night to freak out about what might be going on and torture myself with what-if scenarios. Awesome.