Dancing nightmares

#61
I actually understand that very well-- not from leading at competition ever, but this semester when I was mentoring Newcomers we had a session where my partner had to be late and my leaders were trying to ask questions about American Foxtrot and it's very similar but opposite for leaders and followers. It took me like a half an hour to figure out how to turn a corner as a leader because I'd do it as a follower, then in the process of trying to flip it around I'd end up on the wrong foot or trying to turn on the wrong part of the basic and the whole thing would just go to hell in a handbasket. Turns out about 5 minutes after I figured it out my partner walked in and I'm pretty sure all my Newcomer leaders breathed a sigh of relief-- he made fun of me so bad too when they told him it took me a half an hour to figure out how to turn a corner as a leader in Newcomer foxtrot ("You can't lead Newcomer Foxtrot?! You should be able to do that at this point-- I mean I can follow Newcomer foxtrot no problem."-- I promptly led him in Newcomer foxtrot and he didn't follow me so I got to make fun of him in return though.)

Actually this is really another dancing nightmare, trying to figure out leader parts (which I don't know) from follower parts.
Interestingly enough, our coach (who also teaches the for-credit ballroom dance classes at our school) makes students who want to receive an A+ in the class showcase four different concepts in five dances as both the leader and the follower. Sometimes the ladies can do a better job than the guys at leading...
 

chomsky

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#62
My friend told me his onetime partner broke his nose in the semifinal round of a competition. She was supposed to stop short in front of him, only she didn't, and her face smashed into his. He didn't even notice until she freaked out because his nose was lying sideways on his face.
oh my god...
 

nikkitta

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#63
I don't want to sound like a broken record or hijack this thread or offend anyone, but PLEASE, reconsider doing any mentoring or coaching unless you yourself really know what you are doing. You may be just trying to help, but impressionable newbies are literal sponges and will suck up whatever misinformation or bad habits you knowingly or unknowingly pass along. Don't do it! Personally I am a survivor of a plethora of wrong ideas and incorrect technique given to me by poorly trained instructors and allegedly experienced peers who I thought were knowledgeable and were not.

Better to say "I don't know" than give the wrong information.
 

llamasarefuzzy

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#64
I don't want to sound like a broken record or hijack this thread or offend anyone, but PLEASE, reconsider doing any mentoring or coaching unless you yourself really know what you are doing. You may be just trying to help, but impressionable newbies are literal sponges and will suck up whatever misinformation or bad habits you knowingly or unknowingly pass along. Don't do it! Personally I am a survivor of a plethora of wrong ideas and incorrect technique given to me by poorly trained instructors and allegedly experienced peers who I thought were knowledgeable and were not.

Better to say "I don't know" than give the wrong information.

Sure, this is ideal. I would love for our team to have enough money to hire our top notch coach for every single class. Unfortunately, the reality is we just straight up don't have the funds to support that. We have advanced members teach out of necessity. For my team (and I suspect many others) it's a choice between having an advanced member teach newcomers or not have a newcomer class, which is obviously not an option.
 

ajiboyet

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#66
Hazel Fletcher said at a Blackpool lecture that she had an actual nightmare about her lecture the night before because she was so nervous. The venue had to be changed in the middle of the lecture, and while they were moving to another hall she was explaining technique and things to all who could hear her as they went up a flight of stairs, and then there were only about two people in the new hall eventually (or something like that)...
 
#68
I've had actual nightmares about 1) forgetting my shoes and having to do a competition in sneakers and 2) having to bring someone else's costumes and forgetting them, thus making my whole team believe that I was trying to undermine their success-- not too much fun.
 
#70
On that same note we had one guy on our team who fell asleep under a table because he was so sure that they didn't make their final at Holy Cross, not this year, but last year. Well his partner hears their number called and she's panicking running around trying to find him, eventually our team pushed her out on the floor so that she could at least try to hold their spot, and as they were making the last call someone found him under the table and pushed him onto the floor. He got out there and didn't even know what dance they were doing-- had to ask his partner on the floor. We still tease him about it.
So, it's never happened to me, but I have had teammates end up in the following situations (All of them different people):
1) Run to the bathroom after Latin, then walk out as they were calling his Smooth Waltz event to the floor. With no time to change, he went and danced his waltz in a half-unbuttoned shirt, his sleeves still rolled up, and Latin shoes. Another guy met him at the exit from the floor with a tie and Standard shoes to put on before the next dance.
2) At MIT, see that his number was not listed on the screen, so his partner went to change. Then they call out "we're looking for couple [his number]". They couldn't get his partner to the floor before the music started.
3) Assume that he had not been recalled, and so leave to cover the registration desk. Lo and behold, the next round comes, and his number gets called. His partner goes out on the floor and holds her hand up to indicate a missing partner. We managed to find him and get him out on the floor. Still wearing his Vibrams.

Another guy on our team invented "Quickinese" at his first Bronze competition-- somehow he managed to start doing Viennese Waltz during Quickstep.
Not at a comp, but in practice, my partner and I had been practicing Viennese Waltz, took a water break, and then returned to the floor. We start dancing, but seem to be unable to get more than a couple bars before falling apart, even though before the break, we were getting through a round just fine. We decide that we should count out loud, and so I start "1,2,3 4,5,6" and she immediately goes "Wait, we're not doing tango?"
 
#74
The first competition I did in proper ballroom dress and my partner in tails didn't go well. My partner's (borrowed) tailsuit had seen better days and was starting to fray around the buttons. My dress was covered in sequins. During our waltz, right in the middle of the floor, my partner blanked, completely forgot our routine and stopped dead.

He tried to recover it by turning into promenade to at least get out of the middle of the floor, but unfortunately we then realised that my sequined top had got trapped in his fraying buttons and we were literally locked together. So we just stood there for what seemed like eternity (but was probably only 10 seconds), and hobbled off the floor still unable to detach ourselves. We did not make the next round.
 
#75
I have yet to have any ballroom nightmares but there's still lots of time :)

I have seen nightmares unfortunately... One of my friends was performing a salsa with a short dress on and her little shorts under her dress rode up so much you could see her whole bottom... I felt so bad for her

Another time a friends strapless bra came unsnapped and slipped down around her waist during a performance... Eep that was bad!!

That same friend was dropped from a lift during a different performance... Poor girl
 

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