how are your lessons going? thread II

After months of pre-comp tech torture, I begged for something fun. Now learning open jive. I think I've died and gone to heaven. This is great, now I can finish ego crushing rumba and samba tech practice (still LOTS to learn) with a few minutes of an endorphin releasing jive chaser. To steal from Bruce Springsteen, baby, I was born to jive.
 
After months of pre-comp tech torture, I begged for something fun. Now learning open jive. I think I've died and gone to heaven. This is great, now I can finish ego crushing rumba and samba tech practice (still LOTS to learn) with a few minutes of an endorphin releasing jive chaser. To steal from Bruce Springsteen, baby, I was born to jive.
You might have become my new favorite person (a fan of jive AND Springsteen?? YES!).

No lessons for me the past week, but I figured out during some solo practice that I need to go through my entire rumba routine and get nitpicky about when I need to keep my weight split and when I need to shift fully over a foot (in addition to drilling all the creative leads my partner and I came up with).
 

RiseNFall

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After months of pre-comp tech torture, I begged for something fun.
My previous instructor and I would sometimes have "special occasion" lessons: birthdays, post-comp, what have you. We would take turns picking fun dances. Night Club Two Step, West Coast Swing, CW Waltz. Foxtrot, etc. would get thrown in, but only to whatever my or his favorite music was at the time. Somehow my new instructor and I haven't developed a tradition like that yet.
 

danceronice

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Oooh, he picked the song I love, but I am partially scared is deserving of more show in showcase than I can give it at this point. Which meant back to paso doble too. Why is a heel turn in foxtrot and court shoes a nightmare while a slip appell (basically the same thing as far as the heel-turn mechanics go) with Latin shoes is fine? I think I will be mentally okay as long as I view Indiana Challenge not as a showdance comp but more like a dry run for Starlight Ball...
 

fascination

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tuesdays lessons seemed more like going through the motions...not sure if he was tired or what...but still learned things and enjoyed what I could...just not as productive or fun as monday...which actually seems to be the pattern which has me thinking that 7 is probably better than 8 lessons
 
Have you ever thought there must be something in your technique that, if changed, the improvement to your dancing could just take off? Lessons last night were like that... in that our coach identified and then corrected something, and that got us really excited about our dancing... even DP had that look in her eyes of, "we can really do this..!"
 

fascination

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the interesting thing for me yesterday was more that, even though the dynamic was flat...I still just felt so grateful for what I have learned and what I am able to do...to my pro for sharing all of that information and for not being satisfied unless I could do it.... so it was a quiet enjoyable consolation in the middle of a time that feels a bit uncertain...I am grateful for his skill, and for his decision to share it...because it would have been easy enough at a certain point in time not to have bothered, because there was a time when I would not have known enough to know what I wasn't getting...so, even if I am not improving as fast as I would like to now, I am enjoying very much the imprtant ways in which I have been improving recently, even if I am enjoying them alone...I think they are having an impact on my dance in a very tangible way
 
Hi Everyone! So happy to see some familiar faces here and some new ones! I'm Baaaack! Had my first lesson since 2011 the other day, new pro, new studio, new excitement! Worked on Rumba, Fox Trot and Waltz (American styles) and a lot of balance technique. :) Woo hoo!
 
Hi Cornnut and danceronice! I know!!! It's been a lifetime! I've missed this world so! (to stay on topic) Lessons are going to hurt for a while, but I'm up for the challenge! Staying over the center of my foot in some instances is proving harder than rocket science right now.
 
Wow! I'm pretty impressed with how long these threads go on for! I just finished a group class and only me and this other woman showed up today which I think was more of an advantage in the sense of getting to learn more and also have more opportunities to ask questions.The group classes and parties can make me feel discouraged as I tend to do better in the private classes. But I do need to keep reminding myself that the more advanced students have probably been doing it for years which is why they are this good. Anyways, I'm hoping that the more group classes and parties I attend, the more I improve. All in all, it was still a pretty good lesson and we worked on the rise and fall in Waltz and we also learned a little more on shaking our hips and integrating that into dancing. It was not very natural to me though. So hopefully practice makes perfect :)
 
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fascination

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last lessons of 2013...were okay...were even moment that felt like progress is being made...but not really sure what the new year will bring...what I want...whether or not I have a goal...what an appropriate one might even be...probably should use the next few weeks to ponder that...but probably won't have the time...
 

JudeMorrigan

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I had a nice lesson with my pro last night. We're cramming a bit for Starz in January. We decided to add standard back in for this comp even though we hadn't competed in in since last January, and things are starting to come back together reasonably nicely there.

One thing that was nice, if perhaps from my standpoint a bit oddly timed, at one point in the lesson I got a "you know what? Just for fun, do this ... then this ... then this ... and then ... pivots. I thought it would be nice to do a bit of open (smooth)." It was fun, and I approve of the idea of working a bit of that into my lessons on general principle. I mean, I'm in no immediate danger of competing in open smooth, but working a bit of this sort of thing into our lessons should hopefully mean a bit less, "ZOMG open choreography!" on my part when the time does come for me to seriously start working it.
 
I am so very, very happy. Finally getting some open choreo. Yes, still continue to work on tech, but now have some interesting patterns to work on latin tech with and finally got ok to play with style. Also told pro I figured out that if he wants to unlock me as a dancer, I need music. Had some lessons alone in the studio, he played great music and I am finally dancing!!!! All those grinding, ego-crushing, disheartening hours working on tech has paid off. It really is darkest before the dawn. Now off the computer and back to my tech....
 

FancyFeet

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Good lesson last night - finally off the show routine, and back to competition prep!

Waltz and QS got some attention... though it'd been awhile, so pro was having trouble remembering the routines even after consulting my notebook. Lessson at some (most?) points became a who-remembers-best competition... I totally won, except for one little piece in QS that I flubbed... which had pro strutting around the ballroom high-fiving imaginary people, and doing a victory dance, because he'd remembered and I hadn't. :rolleyes:

And it's another new tango routine for me. 5th one since we started trying to make a routine for the next competition. Oh, and I've danced tango exactly 5 times in lessons since we started prepping for this next comp. Is it any wonder that I am having some issues with tango memory lately, to the point where I've really only been able to practice individual figures? I may have elicited a promise that this really, really will be the routine - 2 walls of it at least - but we'll see how long that lasts.

I also had to promise to type all my routines out - new tango one included - and e-mail them to pro (his notebook was among the items lost in a car break-in) so he can practice. It's about time that I get to give homework! :D
 
getting so close to some really good movement and musicality in my dancing! Still looking for a new job, so I haven't been on the forums in a while... Hopefully I can find something in the new year, so i don't lose this progress I'm making.
 

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