So I have not been posting of late as been recovering from a lingering cold that has zapped my energy but here is a recap of what I did manage to eek out:
Friday the 13th was not so scarey, I attended a social dance where the lesson taught was 'slow dance' and a surprising number of people turned out for the lesson which was an interesting amalgamation of elements of different dances that fit toghether nicely for slow, very, very, slow tempos where most people are rubbing bellys and swaying - now a group of people know how to do it in style and elegance!
Saturday the 14th I worked on some West Coast Swing and swear one of these days I am going to get beyond taking a lesson and make it to a social dance... I have the will but scheduling has been an issue. There are several local dances in our are dedicated to just WCS so I could spend a whole evening working on that. Sometime people are bored with the lack of variety but I never seem to mind a full evening os salsa or swing.
I took a private lesson and worked on my ChaCha technique, specifically rotating my ribcage for more dynamic action. I need to practice very slowly and for long periods to build the muscle memory, it seems to dissipate quickly and I am back to my rigid, ond habits.
That night I was planning on attending the Fuego 813 but got ditched at the last minute and was thinking maybe I should stay in and rest up as it is a bit of a drive to get to the once monthly social held at the Arthur Murray over on MacDill, and I did just that! Did not get out of bed till Monday night - did not even watch a dance video!
Monday night I did some salsa which I tried to beg off of but ended up having an enjoyable time and Tuesday felt better but not well enough for dancing. I will attempt today although feeling a lack of stamina. Everything is best once I am up and moving!
Today from 1-3 there is an afternoon social I will be attending.
For only $7.00 anyone can participate in a dance lesson and open dancing.
No partners are needed and there are even snacks & refreshments included.
Troy teaches the lesson, and Julie is there to assist. Because most people work during the day, the dance is less crowded and it is a great opportunity for you to get more comfortable with your progressive dances like Watlz, Tango & Foxtrot when a leader must use good floorcraft in navigating around the other couples.
Someone sent me a very interesting article that explained how social dancing helped keep the brain young and wards off Altzheimers because of the neural pathways created by the decision making process involved in using both sides of the brain and body in making judgements while in motion. I will share bits of it with you on Sundays!
Saturday was an hour of west coast swing. This is probably the most useful of social dances, as it can be danced to a lot of music tempos that other dance is not suited for. It's sassy and each partner can apply their own style..
Sunday I am counting late night Saturday into Sunday salsa dancing at a local latin club: Amorama which is located on Ulmerton Rd. in the Icot center. Nicely appointed. $5 cover, all latin music most every night.
Monday was 3 hours of group class where I am trying to learn to lead some salsa moves so when I go out with my girlfriends I don't have to sit at the table waiting to dance like Saturday night. I did get a post comment asking for more photos - I have not had the time to jazz up the page, my apologies for that.
Practice, practice, practice - there are no shortcuts! Where will you be in 100 days?
Some frustrations yesterday with the few blind spots in my routines that are not gelling in my brain. Got further along in my foxtrot but need more practice alone on my part to get it up to speed. At the moment I am doubting myself. That's one good thing that comes out of dance, you find out that you CAN. Patience is not a virtue I have, I am still learning to be patient with myself. Today it's Friday, that means a big ballroom party starting at 7pm with a Tango lesson tonight and 2 hours to dance dance dance.
I was having an out of body experience during my dancing. My brain and body were not connected. This can be a good thing for those who are overthinkers...shutting off the censor can be freeing for the body.
Reviewed some routines and covered Silver Rumba - Me Likey! Very, very pretty patterns with some time changes from the DVIDA Syllabus. They offer excellent videos if you want to supplement your learning at home.
Soon to try and add arm movement and technique to ChaCha, as I almost have the routine down... a couple of transitions I just blank. One more thing to think about might just make it click!
Very excited about a bolero progressive class starting soon on Thursdays at 8. 6 hours for $70 is a great way to learn patterns and really know your footwork at value pricing.
This is a wonderful image by Jane Perez of JP Photografitti taken at Let's Dance FL LLC, 29121 US 19 N. Clearwater, FL 33761 of 2 of the instructors!
Working on a foxtrot routine that is storytelling and open which I am unaccustomed to and while I dislike feeling out of my comfort zone I know that is what growth feels like and that is good for my dancing. Introduced to some new Cha Cha patterns and a few Rumba patterns I liked. Planning a dance party for first timers! If you want an invite find me on facebook: Cathy Lets Dance
Day two of my 100 days of dance involved some one on one instruction and a group class with 7 others!
We reviewed an International Rumba routine where I am still challenged with a gold sequence of turns known as the 3 Threes in the DVIDA syllabus. Need to focus on my spotting in turns.
Reviewed a Jive routine that is new and cannot be danced to strict timing yet but getting closer. I am proud of how quickly I picked up the choreography. High knees! Need to add some shaping and styling.
Next covered the elements of of what will become a ChaCha routine - with timing changes! Exciting as this is the largest number of routines I have had in the can at one time, they are more complex, and I am adding more and more.
The group class was a drop in, meaning any one at any level can show up to join for $10 for an hour's instruction. It's a great way to go and try a dance and see if it is for you. Tonight was salsa, which is so popular in our area you can be out dancing 7 nights a week.
What will day 3 hold? A foxtrot routine! Hope it will be ready before Valentines Day.
Happy New Year! I don't know what the new year is always a source of inspiration for some people to tackle something that has long been their hearts desire, after all we can each being anew at any given moment we choose, but I am happy for any occasion that motivates people to continue to grow and change. With that in mind I was very excited about returning to my blog, at least for the first 100 days of 2012.
Why? Well, I owe it all to someone I have never met and never thought would be a muse for my blog: Actress,mother,and founder of www.organicliaison.com, Kirstie Alley, who is promoting the 100 days of dance with her dance trainer
Check out the website ...www.100daysofdance.com
and find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/100DaysOfDance
So technically I have gotten a jump start on my dance by going out on New Years Eve to the St. Pete Colisieum to attend Swingin in the New Year's dance. I've been battling a cold that has struck me at this time 3 years in a row. It's a beautiful venue and this year the dance was not over crowded, I got to see some (but not all) friends who were there that I have not seen in too long and to dance with a couple lovely leaders. you can find my photos on facebook - look for CathyLetsDance!
I love the social aspect of dance, and if you are looking to get in some dancing tonight my suggestion is to attend this evenings dance at Zendah Grotto near the Tampa Airport.
More information on facebook:
and they have a meet up group./
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