I had a bit of an odd exchange in my lesson this weekend. My am partner and I were in a lesson with my pro, and my am partner asked about my arms, in the context of whether or not she should be emulating me. I have what I tend to think of as "stupid little flourishes" in my arm styling. It's not a conscious thing, and I'm not a fan of them. My pro's response was something like this: Pro: Oh, no. That's just [Jude] being [Jude]. Me [self-consciously]: Yeah, yeah. Pro: It's not a bad thing. I mean, to be honest, I was a bit worried about how your arm-styling would go over going into our first smooth competition, but I got a lot of comments on how wonderfully expressive they were. So I've learned to love it - you do your thing. Now, in theory, that should be a good thing. But I have to be honest - as much as I've argued with DoI in the past about the artistry in standard, striving to be Robo-Standard Boy is my comfort zone. I was honestly a bit taken aback ... despite knowing perfectly well that if I want to eventually dance open smooth, I'm going to need to be expressive in my dancing and ideally develop my own style. There's one point in my smooth waltz where I knew I was borking my arm styling, and my pro readily agreed that at that particular point, I was achieving a "t-rex changing a lightbulb" look. I honestly had an easier time dealing with that than I did the above exchange. On a wholly unrelated note, I learned this weekend what a spectacularly bad idea it is to try to get through three hours of lessons on two cookies and one slice of cake as my only food for the day. The last half hour or so was ... not the most productive lesson time I've ever had.