How are your practices going?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by latingal, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. bluslu

    bluslu Active Member

    Actually practiced. Ballroom just started back up for me again so it's been a mishmash of trying to get things started and keeping things organized (I am on the executive board of the college group) and making sure everything is running smoothly. Now that we have gotten past the initial surge in the beginning, I can focus on me for a bit. And for about the first time, my silver partner asked if I wanted to practice yesterday. It's usually only about a month before a comp that he's like "Oh yeah, let's practice." So it was a nice change. And then the guy I will be doing bronze smooth with also wanted to practice. Originally it was gonna be Thursday but do to class stuff, he wanted to move it to yesterday. Was directed to a room that was SO much better than where we can typically get space- it's definitely gonna be the space I'm going to ask about from now on.

    So I practiced for an hour by myself waiting for him to show up in the morning (his alarm didn't go off), then two hours with him, going over what we both know, working on angles and getting him to progress down the floor and just dancing together because we haven't really. Then after I came home for a bit, I turned around and went back to pick up my silver partner. We went over all of the stuff we know in rhythm, figuring out the order we want to put things together and trying to figure out what we actually know. Then we worked on WTF and our body shaping and things. Overall, it was a successful practice, except for the part where he said he doesn't think he's going to Ohio. Booo.

    But 5 hours of practice is gonna catch up to me. Considering I've only been dancing again for 3 weeks after a 2 month hiatus to fix my body. But it was so nice to practice and actually have my partner interested in practicing as well (I've danced with a guy before who acted like it was beneath him to practice. That's always fun....). I don't expect great things but I always feel better about it when we agree on what we know.
     
  2. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    My pro was exhausted and overslept; I ended up with an extra hour of practice by myself, not bad, not bad at all!!!
     
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  3. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    I didn't feel like my foxtrot natural turns were up to speed, so I spent an hour yesterday afternoon practicing feather, reverse, three step, natural by myself, trying to get the naturals to feel as good as my reverse turns. By the end I was starting to get it.

    Also managed to go to a dance in the evening with the kids asleep, and wow were Elizabeth's heel turns precise!

    Of course, that also means I'll know it's my fault whenever the heel turns are sloppy from now on.
     
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  4. cornutt

    cornutt Well-Known Member

    Need to do some woodshedding on ECS. Went to a workshop last weekend with Christopher Wayne and he helped me a lot. Now I need to get it ingrained. ECS and I haven't been on speaking terms for a while, so now I need to do something about that.
     
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  5. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Practice today was good. More repetitions for upgrades in foot and leg action. Work on maintain clean and active lines in samba. And worked on maintaining a good vertical in jive.
     
  6. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Still trying to make friends with Foxtrot... sigh. At least sometimes we get along now, as opposed to the open hatred of a few weeks ago.
     
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  7. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Practice for the last week has been going pretty well. Worked today on foot speed and action in samba and worked twisting and keeping a stable vertical axis in jive. Was pleased with some of the things showing up in the mirror. Now if I could just get it consistent and learn to dance relaxed consistently....
     
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  8. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    Had some really great solo practices lately, and I think they will pay off once things settle down at my partner's job (relatively speaking)
     
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  9. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    Tried applying some of what I was doing in the foxtrot natural turns to waltz natural turns, and that definitely helped the following figures in waltz.

    Also still working on this in foxtrot to try to make it a habit. A side effect is that my three steps are getting better, or at least more consistent, presumably as a result of doing them more often than once every few months.
     
  10. dancelvr

    dancelvr Well-Known Member

    Natural turns in Foxtrot have always been much more....awkward for me than reverse turns. I find it easier to complete a natural heel turn if I just relax into it. (I tend to tense up.) They are still inconsistent, but getting better.
     
  11. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Spent an hour and a half working on foot speed, timing of the passing leg, and height in the hip in rumba walks. By the time I was done with that I was ready to strangle somebody.....anybody...innocent passerby, fellow dancers, random person off the street - all were in mortal danger.

    After getting back to being only half insane, finished up with samba and jive.

    I'm taking today off..... :confused:
     
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  12. stash

    stash Well-Known Member

    I have had a lot of strangling people thoughts lately, but not from dancing itself thank goodness. Hope Rumba starts feeling better soon.

    I see a lot of more practice time in the gym as I won't have this pesky thing called work to go to for the imediate future....
     
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  13. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Good practice today. Walks are feeling more "natural" and well timed; foot speed and precision continues to get worked on; and was enjoying doing some styling work at the end.
     
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  14. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Some of the corrections seem to be coming together nicely....others, not so much. LOL!
     
  15. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    practiced slow waltz movement over 6 counts focusing on balance and control
     
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  16. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    more of the same today...but I realize that I am in a bad place about dance right now...I can't separate the parts I love from everything else about it which is currently not encouraging...it feels like ages since I had passion and energy for it and I am really bummed...it is a good thing that I am going away for a few weeks... but I don't know what I'll do if I can't find some joy for it again...I took a three week break after my last comp and that usually does it...shrug...oh well
     
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  17. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Love being able to take my time in practice with no comps looming over my head. Worked some basics, then decided to do some work on mechanical technique issues. Will have to get to work on the performance issues and solutions worked in the latest set of coachings....
     
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  18. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    it'll be fun when you least expect it, I'm telling ya!
     
  19. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Realizing that all those things pro has been saying about the body being able to adjust the technique without thought for specific situations is starting to happen. A third of me is saying "Yay!", another third is saying "Why the heck did it take so long?", and the last third is saying "No! Don't trust that it's happening!". *sigh*, need to have my head examined again.
     
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  20. Sania

    Sania Active Member

    and don't forget "If I'm not thinking about it I must be doing it wrong" :)
     
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