This past week and a half or so hasn't been particularly exciting because my partner has been quite sick so we haven't been able to practice-- yesterday was somewhat exciting for me at least though. We tried to practice for the first time since he got sick but he was just still too sick to do anything, but while we were sitting there trying to at least productively discuss ballroom dance our team's President came down to practice with his partner so I asked him to lead me through our mambo routine just so I could get a feel for it because I had never done it with a partner and had learned the routine from a video (it had been what my partner and I had been planning on doing anyway if he had been well enough to dance since we haven't done anything with it and need to compete it 2 weeks from today). The first exciting part was how quickly it came together, my partner was watching and he kept saying things like "You look good!" "You've been practicing this, I can tell." and "I didn't expect you to know this already!" Afterwards our President also showed me (in a very different vein) how to get into shadow position in Viennese Waltz. He starts off saying how hard it is and how he had some difficulty getting his partners doing it correctly, and after he leads me through it he ends up saying how it wasn't bad-- and my partner perks right up saying "We've been working so hard to push her up to Silver, she dances most of the routines just as well as any Silver follower on the team now though." It's my first semester dancing Silver and our first semester dancing together so he really put a ton of work into me, like at the beginning of the semester I knew nothing about Silver and he just put in probably 6-8 hours a week that were not always particularly productive because it was a lot of just getting basic routines down. Now we're doing (when he's not sick) 10-12 very productive hours a week at the very least and I thought it was really exciting to see that my partner is so proud of how far I've come, since he doesn't show that sort of thing very often. On a side note, when he is not ill, my partner and I are particularly excited about our American Foxtrot-- we just love how Smooth it is. Actually we're generally excited about our S/S because both of us feel like it's better than we've ever danced it before-- and we're also very excited about American Rumba, both Chachas and I'm excited about our Swing routine even if swing is not my partner's favorite dance.