lessons: what are you working on?

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Purr

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...ballroom lesson yesterday...quantum leap in connection...strongest it's ever been...modest gain in positioning using an interesting analogy...it's all good...;-)
 

mamboqueen

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Where's Justin Timberlake when we need sexy back?? ;)

Here's my take. I have generally shot for elegant during the three years I have been in syllabus. I've tried to focus on my connection to him -- looking at him intently, then turning away, back to him, etc. I'm trying to give my (subpar) version of "I want you, naahh...changed me mind". However, now that I am starting to work on open routines, I find that I'm a bit more "free" to play around a bit with the body, hands, etc. So, is it more sexy? I dunno....I'll probably LMAO when I watch a video...but I think once you are REALLY comfortable/confident with the movements, only then can you really turn your mind to character, emoting, and really selling what you want to sell.
 
When I dance, I don't even consider adjectives to describe myself or even how I feel. I just am what I am, and I look how I look, and I feel how I feel. I'll leave the adjectives for others, and hopefully there will be a few complimentary ones mixed in there somewhere!

I practice Latin constantly in front of a mirror, because I know what to look for. (When I DON'T know what to look for, then I get frustrated practicing in front of a mirror) What you describe, SPratt, is an interesting situation that we all face. Here's my take on it. If I know what I should be doing, but simply can't do it yet, then I can still feel sexy trying. However, if I find myself in the unfortunate situation of just dancing and I'm not really sure what I'm doing, then I can't really feel sexy or confident at all.

To me, knowledge of how I'm supposed to look makes a huge difference in my self-image. Without knowledge of what I'm supposed to be doing, or with knowledge that I'm not quite convinced of yet, I feel like a blundering, aimless dancer. But when I see where I am going in my mind, or when I see others doing what I want to be doing and I know how to get there, then my own self-image, which is a healthy one filled with confidence, can still shine through, even if I know I don't look as good yet.
Wow! You said it better than I did! And you put out some good advice as well that I will definitely think about. I especially enjoyed reading your last paragraph. I will say this, I know I am doing a million times better than I was even at the beginning of the year. I know I'm not there yet, but maybe I should just be proud with how far I've come instead of focusing on what I haven't achieved yet.
 

mamboqueen

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So...Latin is about the women selling themselves? I thought that was illegal...
How do you think we pay for the lessons???? :lol:

I think the selling applies to all the styles of dancing, btw.

And fwiw, I asked Michael Wentink about this very subject and he said "skip ballet, take acting classes". !
 

samina

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am deep into standard basics... building the frame on the simplest of principles... endeavoring to continue developing the toe-back-support connection and smoothly synchronized walking... smooth & strong is the goal. overcoming personal weaknesses to achieve this has basically become my world...

enjoying the latin, tho, big-time. added a cha-cha comp routine last night. am quite surprised that all i really want to spend time on in lessons is latin. i guess cuz i'm in such a frustrating (albeit fertile) phase with standard...
 

cornutt

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Last night was all about waltz (smooth). Worked on the check & develope, applying the advice Larinda offered in my thread about that. It's much better now. Thanks, Larinda! One bad problem I discovered was that I was allowing my foot to turn towards my partner. So I worked on getting it turned properly to cross-check the step. In fact, I worked so hard on it that I tweaked my knee a bit, and it's kind of sore today. However, I don't think it was hyper-extension so much as just using some muscles and tendons that don't get much use. They'll get stronger. I also had to work on my chasses, and my instructor gave me some self-defense drills about how to adjust the chasse to keep up with a follow who doesn't do her turn in a straight line.

After that, we worked on oversway (another step I usually make a horrible mess of). She wants me to change my ending to a whisk ending. Then, we reverted to bronze for a while and worked on fallaway and rock. The way I do it is really stiff and it doesn't rotate much, so we worked on that. I've been doing it with my legs too stiff (both knees locked), and with my weight kind of stuck between feet. With softer knees, it's much better now.
 

Josh

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or 'sexy' is simply in the eye of the beholder reflecting the nature of the dance itself. I'm pretty sure its a bit of both - it is well nigh impossible to do correct rhumba motion without exuding sex.
Being sexy is not achieved by doing rumba walks and saying to yourself "be sexy now, be sexy baby" (though that picture just makes me laugh hehe). We may exude sex when we do it, but it's not created by trying to be sexy. Oh, and on that note, I've seen people dancing very correct, beautiful cuban motion who did not exude sex, because being sexy is about more than being technically correct, though it's hard to be sexy without doing it well.

I guess this is where the intangible "something" about a person comes into play, just like you can look at someone and just feel something there, whereas you can look at another person and just feel normal. Someone can appear to be "forcing sexy" and another is effortlessly "exuding sexy" ... and I don't mean just dancing, I'm talking about in general, although the same applies for dancing.
 

fascination

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How do you think we pay for the lessons???? :lol:

I think the selling applies to all the styles of dancing, btw.

And fwiw, I asked Michael Wentink about this very subject and he said "skip ballet, take acting classes". !
uh sorry...it is patently obvious to me that I am buying not selling...OTOH...perhaps that is a slant worth exploring for emoting purposes...hmm...anyhow am sick today... called off for the first time ever other than nuerotic issues;)...pro starts laughing and asks if there is a typhoon out this way...he was incredulous that I would cancel
 
Being sexy is not achieved by doing rumba walks and saying to yourself "be sexy now, be sexy baby" (though that picture just makes me laugh hehe). We may exude sex when we do it, but it's not created by trying to be sexy. Oh, and on that note, I've seen people dancing very correct, beautiful cuban motion who did not exude sex, because being sexy is about more than being technically correct, though it's hard to be sexy without doing it well.

I guess this is where the intangible "something" about a person comes into play, just like you can look at someone and just feel something there, whereas you can look at another person and just feel normal. Someone can appear to be "forcing sexy" and another is effortlessly "exuding sexy" ... and I don't mean just dancing, I'm talking about in general, although the same applies for dancing.
I like your posts, because you just have a way to say things that I seem to understand. So, thank you for responding. I especially like your second paragraph. I know what you mean by that. Thank you. ;)
 
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