My head’s not in Mississippi

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Took the title from a ZZ Top song.  Have realized this before but my thinking skills will often work against me.  When dancing was just about steps and footwork, it was easier.  Now we have posture, frame, arm styling, body movement, etc, etc, etc.  If I focus on all the things I don’t know, then I start to go down the the failure spiral and things just all go to hell very quickly.  Today, I told myself not to go there and actually managed to have a good pair of lessons.  The first was on the country waltz and the second was Viennese waltz and waltz.  We spent a lot of time on the frame and keeping it from not moving and learning to drive more when I lead and I saw some real progress.

On the drive home, I realized that I’m can’t expect to know every little detail at my level.  There will always be things to work on and things to improve.  The goal should be incremental improvement – as long as things are moving in the right direction and I’m showing progress, then that’s what matters.  Today was the first day that I started to feel like I’m going to be OK at Dance-O-Rama.  Which is good because it is now July and I’ll be on vacation and away from the studio for half the month, so I can’t afford to have any more lessons spiral out of control.

All in all, today was a good day.

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