ruma and swing today. Cuban motion is slowly getting better and better as new buddy teacher pounds it into my head. Seem severy lesson I'm understanging a bit more how it all connects (knnees, hips, shouldesr, core, feet, etc), and at what times, etc. Worked on that until hips were sore (stretching hip flextors), then went to swinng. Did some work in lesson yesterday on swing, on lead and use of body, etc, so was trying to apply that to other patternns.
Practices are going well actually. Worked on Cha, Samba, and Rumba. I have a big weekend to look forward to so I have to be extremely focused. Also, I found that helping others is great practice (and less boring)
DP and I have differences in opinion on the importance maintaining a firm frame in standard. DP is a firm believer of learning to follow from the body contact and minimizes the importances of the frame. She maintains that the frame is more for aesthetic purposes. She seems to be able to maintain body contact consistantly but misses a few ques about every now and then. Whenever this occured, I called to her attention that she let her shoulders move independently of her frame -- that her frame is a little on the "noisey" side. She has a tendency to pull her right shoulders away from me as she takes the first step with her left leg from promenade position. She also has chicken wing for a right arm (possibly because of the shoulder problem she told me about). Consequently we still have occaisional problems with the lead/follow for complicated turns, promenades, fallaways, and oversway/shaping for example. Oh, and when she practices by herself, she never practice with her frame. She always have her arms on her side.
Foxtrot today. went through several steps trying to thinkof what I need to do to ensure I'm giving a good lead, particularly how frame, core, etc play into it, rather than just arms. Then spent a good amount of work on using my standing leg, particularly suffers on my grapevines.
forward rumba walks are looking more natural and fluid...better contrast in cha btwn when knee is bent and when leg is straight....expansion of time between movement of chest and transfer of weight in standard and smooth