how are your lessons going? thread II

JANATHOME

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And so why does this happen?
Tuesday night lesson, incredible. It seemed that every single painful technique that we have been working on all came together, clicked... To say the dancing was amazing is an understatement... Very happy.

Thursday night lesson... its all gone, poof!! All of thoes things that just seemed natural to my body are now not working again!

The worst is on Tuesday I did not anticpate this to happen, while tonight I had full anticipation that this improvement was permanent... I should be happy that I had one of thoes great lessons, but now I have become greedy and want it always...

Oh well back to the drawing board.
 

debmc

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Just out of curiousity... after so long of concentrating on Latin, do you find it difficult to take heel leads in smooth?
I thought I would, but paso has heel leads as well, so I am adapting! The hard part with both paso and smooth is knowing when it is a heel lead, and when it is not. I would like to somehow "feel" it, without having to memorize.. heel lead here, ball of foot there...
 

debmc

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And so why does this happen?
Tuesday night lesson, incredible. It seemed that every single painful technique that we have been working on all came together, clicked... To say the dancing was amazing is an understatement... Very happy.

Thursday night lesson... its all gone, poof!! All of thoes things that just seemed natural to my body are now not working again!

The worst is on Tuesday I did not anticpate this to happen, while tonight I had full anticipation that this improvement was permanent... I should be happy that I had one of thoes great lessons, but now I have become greedy and want it always...

Oh well back to the drawing board.
I don't like that feeling either, but when I have one of those "my body is not working right today" lessons, I remind myself... this has happenned before and the next lesson was fine.... and I am sure your next lesson will be too!
 

Purr

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And so why does this happen?
Tuesday night lesson, incredible. It seemed that every single painful technique that we have been working on all came together, clicked... To say the dancing was amazing is an understatement... Very happy.

Thursday night lesson... its all gone, poof!! All of thoes things that just seemed natural to my body are now not working again!

The worst is on Tuesday I did not anticpate this to happen, while tonight I had full anticipation that this improvement was permanent... I should be happy that I had one of thoes great lessons, but now I have become greedy and want it always...

Oh well back to the drawing board.
I hate it when it happens.

I've noticed I do better when I'm not trying as hard, or maybe that is to say when I've let go of trying to make something happen. No thinking makes for better dancing.
 

danceronice

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Lesson today, which means we'll be going over the comp, viewing the video and actual marks (Rhythm solid, Standard...well, the usual, except one judge, and I think he was just being nice, and even he couldn't find anything to like about Foxtrot or Quickstep.)

And then crash coursing Standard--we've got a month to Ohio and guess what we're doing? (Mostly because hey, awesome dress, and his other student who's going is doing youth Latin and it saves both of us money to dance the same day.)
 

Wannabee

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...really working on the things that make smooth so different to me than latin... body position, lowering and rising, topline, feet together, head changing, arms position, bigger steps, etc, etc... I know these are all basics to you smooth ladies, but it is alot for me to absorb...
Smooth lady here. Trust me, these things are ALWAYS going to be points of focus, no matter how long you "do" smooth lol. Sounds like a great lesson to me.
 

danceronice

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Oh, yes. This is going to be a long painful slog to Ohio. With a LOT of foxtrot. Though the overall theme of everything else seems to be 'this only more so.'

However, coaching lesson BOOKED! I have a horrible feeling we're going to get two steps into slow waltz and he's going to be like "Oh, dear, stop there..."
 

gracie

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Getting open choreo in Latin and Rhythm. Have 3 in Latin and working on 4th now. Just starting open Am. Rhythm Rumba. Coach coming next week and so many students so she will be with us for two days. Excited about that. Haven't done Smooth for 3 1/2 months!!
 

cornutt

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The hard part with both paso and smooth is knowing when it is a heel lead, and when it is not. I would like to somehow "feel" it, without having to memorize.. heel lead here, ball of foot there...
Meant to reply to this earlier... I don't know any paso, but in smooth (ignoring tango for the moment), heel leads are related to rise and fall. You use heel leads to create forward motion when you are in a "down" position; in waltz, this is generally on 1 and the start of 2. When you do foot rise, you roll through the heel to the ball, and rise as you transfer forward to the ball. You do not take heel leads when you are in an "up" position, so in the beginning waltz steps, you don't take a heel lead on 3 because you are "up" at the point where you bring the free foot forward.

(Obviously, you don't take a heel lead when moving backwards... I'm sure you knew that already, but it's worth saying for any newbies reading this thread.)
 
Good lessons today...showcase is coming together, but only have a few more weeks to choreograph another 2/3 of the song and somehow get it looking good. But nice to just be dancing together after a few weeks off!
 
Then on to smooth! Did a little waltz, foxtrot and tango. It is all new to me... really working on the things that make smooth so different to me than latin... body position, lowering and rising, topline, feet together, head changing, arms position, bigger steps, etc, etc... I know these are all basics to you smooth ladies, but it is alot for me to absorb but in the end we were able to do all 3 dances to music, and I did okay, so hooray! I can't say I like smooth as much as latin, but it is fun to add something new to learn. I am also using new muscles that I didn't before, so... ouch...
You have my sympathy! I concentrated on rhythm so long that now that I am back to smooth, I'm having to "unlearn" a lot of rhythm/latin habits - like toe leads, turnout, ribcage movement, and especially hip action. Teach and I joke that I'm so good at separting different parts of my body now that I'm forgotten how to move it all together. And yeah, new muscles! But enjoy it, it's a good pain! :)
 

cornutt

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Instructor wants me to up my tango game. "It's time for your tango to not look like foxtrot." We worked a lot on making various movements sharper, ranging from basic steps to fans and open-outs and oversways.
 

stash

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Just did polishing because DCDI is knocking on the door. Also reworked getting on and off the floor a bit. We created a loose schedule for Saturday of DCDI so we aren't running around panicking (not that we usually do). It is nice to know we have a warm up plan and a getting dress/makeuped/haired plan.
 

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