It's taken me three months of hard work but I've finally ironed out most of my posture problems. I can feel the muscles around the spine contracted making it stretch from the tailbone to the top of the head. I finally feel like a string is pulling me up from the top of my head lifting my rib cage and enabling my pelvis to hang in a neutral alignment. All of a sudden the techniques that make the different dances unique are starting to happen naturally and effortlessly. I feel like the beautiful dancing that admire in the pros that surround me is becoming demystified as if the lights are finally being turned on. It's difficult to contain my excitement.
Excited that new work in basic rumba showed up twice in practice this week, and it felt great. It's disappointing when you can do it one practice, but not the next, or the one after that, or.....etc., etc. But it actually showed up twice this week - hoooray!!
It's not "ballroom" or even partner dancing, but I am REALLY excited about the advanced, "phrased" verion of the "Fake ID" line dance that catches all the bridges, guitar solo, etc in the song. I've been spending hours working on this. It reminds me of when "Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy" came out and I spent hours and hours making up and perfecting my own dance to go with it because I wasn't satisfied with what everyone else was doing. (And yes, I did it in public!)
I bought the sheet music, and have it all marked up so I know when to do what part and what wall to be on when.
And it's really interesting to me because this is international, and the best video of it is from Germany.
While I expect a good bit of my lesson this weekend to be post-comp debrief sort of stuff, I'll also be starting my reintroduction to smooth. It's been a really, really, really long time since I've had a lesson in smooth.
Finally figured out how to stay grounded on the forward steps in american rumba. FINALLY. no more little pop ups for me! (well, hopefully no more). Also got a great tips on keeping weight centered and leg rise/foot rise on smooth waltz and foxtrot. Once I get that consistent, i think it will really help push my smooth along.
Figured out, with the help of our instructor, that in doing rumba I have not been committing weight to the foot I'm moving to. Especially on side steps. That's made a big difference. More work on it in tomorrow's lesson.