how are your lessons going? thread II

Wannabee

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Humm... Plantar fasciitis or racking my pro. The quickstep is sounding more and more hazardous to my health ;)

I'll do my best to take care. But I'm still excited lol
 

Wannabee

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but i think you doooooooooooooo know;)
I think I get your drift. And if so, I've done this to my instructor already, when trying to learn the runaround in waltz. It solved my over-rotating problem fairly quickly. Something about one part of my body coming to a stop on his forearm every time makes a girl focus hard on trying to correct the problem....
 

FancyFeet

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Not too sure what I feel about last night's lesson... last week's was amazing, things were working, had a blast and I was on a bouncy high all week, waiting for lesson time to come around again... then spring arrived, and with it, yesterday, allergies. An antihistamine after work meant that the throat and eye itchiness had mostly stopped by lesson time, the sinus discomfort still hadn't completely abated.

All that meant that I was feeling a little off before we even started, and pro's hurt his right wrist so is working a slightly modified hold and I'm feeling less secure than normal. I have to say that a couple of months ago this would have meant a disaster lesson, but it was actually not completely terrible - to my complete surprise.

We were working on waltz again, but this time on expressing the movement, and head position, and flexibility and more shaping through the back (little sore today!). I, unfortunately, kept drifting in and out of balance - some steps smooth and powerful, some off. I even got the dreaded 'dance it by yourself (so I can watch)'... Totally frustrating for both me and pro, because we know I can do it better! Sigh. I'm chalking this one up to not feeling 100% and blaming the balance issues on the meds :)

In sum: some good, some bad - but happy that I seem to finding a way to reliably work out of the bad as opposed to getting stuck in it!
 

fascination

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I think sometimes the best thing to do is to state form the outset: I am in bad shape and you are going to be underwhelmed....(course, I try this every week and he isn't hearing it)
 

FancyFeet

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I did... but I get much the same result as you. Good to know that it seems to be fairly universal :)

He did, however, elect to not work on VW for part of the lesson as we had planned... probably because he was afraid I'd lose my balance and take us both out. I know I was!

I'm sure next week will be better as I'll have adjusted to the antihistamines by then. The first couple of days are the only ones where I seem to feel any side effects.
 

stash

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Had a great lesson yesterday. Showed coach moves that were bothering us, learned that we were doing one move completely wrong lol. And then worked on shaping a bit. Shapes are now more stable :) I don't feel like I'm a weeble wobble when doing them anymore, especially the throwaway!

Also worked a bit on making syncopated timing work better, mostly in our running weave, and tumble turn. Things are looking good :)
 

fascination

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to be specific, more work on spirals and on locks, and hen a good deal of work on lead and follow, balance and fluidity as well as head use...oh and pro's wife complimented my showcase performance, said she could see my soul...the foot police could see my soul...high praise ...color me happy...and she noted that perhaps I am less nervous at showcase than at comps :)...ya think?
 
Wow - this is a big thread!

Thought I'd give it a try though.

Lessons are going well - my fans/spirals have gotten some praise from my instructor. Eventually I will figure those nasty alemanas out... for something so simply, I make them look/feel so complicated!

Wish I could practice outside of a hotel room/pool/hallway. Life on the road for a ballroom dancer is tricky!
 

danceronice

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How come when I do Rhythm, I have to remember to show a bent knee, and when I do Latin, I have to remember to show a straight one?

Showcase is really starting to meld. This is going to be fun.
 

cornutt

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Aborted... Instructor has been battling some kind of stomach flu. First half went fine, but then she started to get dizzy and had to sit down. It suited me anyway... my WCS is being rebuilt from the ground up, and I can only absorb so much at a time because I'm fighting so much muscle memory.
 

NURDRMS

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really incredible stuff going on; spins are more 'spiny'; body action is more, well, more; WAY more solid on my feet; having lots of fun letting the beast out of the cage, as my pro says.
 

Wannabee

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Lessons have been less than ideal here lately. Pro injured his shoulder and has not been 100% in a couple of weeks. We have had to modify our lessons as he can't get into frame right now. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty for me to work on without being in frame, and the first lesson or two like that I barely noticed. But yesterday he had to cancel my second hour due to his pain. The first part of my lesson we always do rhythm, the second 1/2 smooth or standard. He said there was no way he could do smooth or standard that day, and he cancelled his lessons that he had scheduled after mine.

I'm due in again today. I hope he is feeling better, for many reasons.
 

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