How are your practices going?

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

  1. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Had an *amazing* practice with my amateur partner yesterday. Our lead/follow is definitely the weakest part of our dancing as a couple, and our coach gave us a drill that's kind of a "game" to force us to be aware of each other and the roles each of us had in the connection. She came in looking ragged (it's a rough time of year at work for both of us) but it was far and away the most focused practice time we've ever had - the "game" really sharpened our focus and the time flew by!
     
  2. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Right now, its not. But starting tomorrow after finals, I'm really excited to get back!
     
  3. bluslu

    bluslu Active Member

    Had a lesson with Ed last night. Ed lessons are always so very educational but also exhausting. So many things to work on. Including an exercise he's been giving to his pros lately. No big deal, Ed, no big deal. Looking forward to putting everything into practice, as hard as it's going to be.
     
  4. latingal

    latingal Moderator Staff Member

    Back to practicing after being off for a week. Feeling unfocused trying to get back on track with the subjects I worked on before the time off. Ugh. Still not back on track. Rough solo practice. Not over my own feet yesterday.
     
  5. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    excited to have time today to get in a practice...planning on a long one and planning on enjoying it
     
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  6. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    thus far; open smooth waltz and closed gold standard waltz and foxtrot focusing on form, alignment use of feet and hips, balance and control over the standing leg, also foot placement, used of head, sides, etc...specific attention to spin turn/turning lock, and twist turn....
     
  7. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    round 2; tango (Am. and intl) also smooth open vw and then some work on ru, cha, samba and jive
     
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  8. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    I'm jealous you have the time for a long practice! I'm in week two of two weeks off of practice, but I'm finding time to fit in some good conditioning and injury prevention workouts.
     
  9. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    my workouts are actually the biggest impediment to my practice, but they are also how I pay for a portion of my lessons, so...double edged sword
     
  10. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    I have managed to practice the last ten days. Next target:p? persuade myself to practice all day long no matter whether I' sitting in a chair or cooking in the kitchen...find my old optimist friend in me...
     
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  11. llamasarefuzzy

    llamasarefuzzy Well-Known Member

    Just had my first practice since Ohio. I feel much more refreshed and ready to tackle some newly made goals. Dancing didn't go as poorly as expected (nothing special though.. it was still a freakin long break). Feel much more able to tackle quickstep, etc after I've been working on my conditioning. During practice, got to try out my new standard skirt I got for xmas and heart rate monitor- pretty cool!
     
  12. Warren J. Dew

    Warren J. Dew Well-Known Member

    The problem with practicing in really cold weather is that after you cool off in the cold air on the way home, your sweat continues to evaporate and you freeze.
     
  13. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Mine is that it takes almost the entire practice time to warm-up completely... and I don't have enough free time to add an hour to each practice through the winter months!

    (But thank goodness for heated seats. This car feature has likely saved me from countless pulled hamstrings.)
     
  14. Dancing Irishman

    Dancing Irishman Well-Known Member

    Really short (~ half hour) first practice back. That being said, it was a quality one. Rumba technique warmup felt better than ever, and I have my open rumba routine more or less back in muscle memory. Cha cha technique was another story, unfortunately...
     
  15. middy

    middy Well-Known Member

    First practice after about a month off over the holidays...oy I have to get back into shape quickly! So exhausted.
     
  16. canismajor41

    canismajor41 Active Member

  17. FancyFeet

    FancyFeet Well-Known Member

    Short ones this week. I'm a little sick, and am trying really hard to keep it from turning into a full-blown, incapacitating head cold.

    This means lots of sleep, no gym work-outs, and short (no more than 90 min) visits to the studio. Lot's of technique repetitions, as the energy just isn't up to doing full run throughs... can get a little boring, but useful and necessary!
     
  18. fascination

    fascination Site Moderator Staff Member

    worked only international today; cha, ru, and jive, waltz, foxtrot and QS...all closed gold....worked at control and turning my own body and a host of technical things that I am too lazy to share....but it's nice to know that I haven't forgotten it over what will have been a month by the time my lessons occur on monday....and heaven help us if they are delayed another week
     
  19. twothreefourone

    twothreefourone Active Member

    Second day of jive practice, shall we place bets on how many more 3h jive practices I'll survive? :p

    Begone Christmas paunch. Begone already.
     
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  20. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

    I was very listless at practice today; it doesn't happen very often - I think I may have been pre-occupied by knowing that after practice I'd have to drive home through yet another round of blowing snow. Then, my knee got some kind of kink in it, so I fixed that by taking off my shoes and drilling/dancing barefoot. So, all in all, I lasted only an hour.
     
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