Happy to report that I was able to complete my lesson last night. We worked on our Fox Trot, Tango and Waltz routines. And I did the Cha-Cha group class before the lesson. There was a couple of places where I felt a twinge or two – mostly in the Waltz which was at the end of the lesson when I was a little tired. Whatever I tweaked still gives me a bit of discomfort when I’m climbing stairs but it didn’t bother me during the dancing. I was more worried about being able to support myself on my right leg since the knee’s been acting up. Could be related to the muscle/tendon tenderness if it isn’t able to fully support the knee which is damaged from the arthritis anyway. But then again, if you have arthritis, you live with a certain amount of pain all the time. Not trying to throw myself a pity party but it is what it is.
I was most worried about the Tango because that’s where I had problems on Friday. There is a step where I’m supposed to be fully on my right leg for a slow and I couldn’t do that on Friday but it worked just find last night. There is another step where I step back on my right leg while Z leans into me and I’m supporting her with my body (yeah, that’s really an invasion of my personal space) but that worked out as well. So I think I’m just back to my normal aches and pains. Although I have a vision that certain parts of my body are like a scene in so many movies. Imaging our hero hanging out a window or some other place held by a rope and the camera cuts away to show you the rope fraying and ready to snap. Dancing is hard on the body.
The Tango and Fox Trot are coming along pretty well. We still haven’t really worked on the Tango timing for the routine. But she suggested we work with a coach next week to get it fixed so we’ll see how that goes. It kind of shocked me when she said she felt my rhythm dances were in better shape than my smooth. Normally, it is the other way around. Showcase is just barely over a month from now so it will be a grind to get ready for it.
The Waltz still needs some rehearsal time because I don’t have the new part down yet. There is a slip pivot near the end where I did feel a little bit of pain while doing it. But as I said, Waltz was the last dance we worked on so I was probably a little tired. We’ll see how tonight goes.
I got back on the treadmill today as well. Did reduce the speed and incline which made it seems like I wasn’t really doing anything. I had to fight the urge to crank up the speed a bit but common sense won out and I decided to keep it more manageable.
My only complaint was group class. We did a cha-cha and Z was in charge. The good news is she picked a beginning silver step rather than one of the more advanced moves OwnerGuy likes to throw at us. It was a variation of a step that I hadn’t done before but I was familiar enough with it to get it down. But there is still the one lady who refuses to allow anyone to lead. She’s bound and determined to plow through her part with or without you. I’ve written about this before so I won’t go into any detail except that I really just want to scream “LET ME LEAD” every time I dance with her. No, I’m not perfect but you learn by doing. I have to think it can’t be really comfortable as she’s trying to turn one direction while I’m leading her in the other way but she keeps doing it. Ah, the problems we leads go through. 🙂
Thanks for the thoughts. I’m just glad I didn’t do any real damage.
Oh, and in case you figured it out, I did indeed take the title of this post from that classic movie “Road House” which I’m sure is on cable somewhere right now as we speak. Told you I live my life through pop culture references even from classically bad movies.
You tell em Patrick