Face the Music

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After a couple of diversions, it is back to a post about dancing.  I’ve used this blog for several reasons but sometimes it is fun to just ramble on about some random thing that came into my life.

Lessons at both studios the last two days and the countdown to Showcase(s) is on.

I’ll try to describe my lesson with Mindy on Monday.  Ever done a crossword puzzle and you just get stuck in one place for quite some time.  Suddenly, you get a bolt of inspiration and fill in a word and that triggers another bolt and another word and so on and suddenly you are on a roll again.

Yeah, it was kind of like that.  Same general pattern.  We started with a walk through and then fixed the rough spots and then worked up to doing it with music.  For some reason, so much more of both of them have clicked with me and been committed to memory.  So my mini-meltdown of a couple of weeks ago now seems a little silly (like they all do eventually).  We even upped the speed of the music on one of the dances and managed to get through it.  Not perfect and polished but certainly within the realm of possibilities.

The one weird thing about doing both is that when we got to doing it with music, my nerves kicked in just a bit.  I don’t know about you but I think I must be holding my breath during these things because I usually end up panting just a bit after we’re done. It normally doesn’t happen during heats so it usually flares just during solos.  But, when I practice solos at the Famous Franchise, it doesn’t happen.  If I’m demoing in front of an audience it does.  But, at Studio B, it was just Mindy and I in the studio but something kicked in.  Probably still some nerves and apprehension about screwing up.  It does take me a bit to get comfortable with someone new and, even though we’ve been doing this for awhile, this is one of the first times we are now doing the entire thing and to music.

And, for the first time, I really felt like I wanted to go to this Showcase and does these two dances.  I still have the entry form and I’ll probably sit on it for a bit because that’s just how I am.  I’m terrible at committing myself because I hate being tied down.  I hate buying airline tickets even for a vacation because a part of me knows I can’t change my mind or back out once I’ve done that.  Same thing here.  If I haven’t paid, then I can always back out.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to do this but I need more time to think.

We were talking a bit at the end with Mindy asking how I felt about this whole thing.  Not sure how we got onto this topic but she’s talking about what I would call “teacher’s intuition” which is why she wanted to do two dances because she knew I could handle it. Someday, I’ll share the same level of confidence that others seem to have in me.

Yesterday, the action moved to the Famous Franchise.  Because we are coming up on Showcase, it was time to bring back the closed routines and shake the dust off them.  Last night was Cha-Cha and Swing.  These are easy like Sunday morning because they are old friends.  A few minor tweaks in technique in a few places and a reminder to keep my head up in others (POSTURE!)  But our connection is so much better.  I have to figure out how to keep it in places and how to get it back but there are so many places where we are just solid and it does make things go so much better.  I’m really actually excited about them just because they feel and move so good.

I got in a little early and they were doing the formation for the next Showcase.  I have a love/hate relationship with formations.  I don’t like it when they get too campy.  I mean, I have my standards, don’t cha know.  But they were also doing practices on the day I’m at Studio B so I had to decline.  Good thing I did.  There’s some nice dancing but there’s some other stuff that is questionable.  Tex and his wife were doing it and I don’t think he was happy.  He kind of stomped off after the lesson and he asked me how I got out of doing it.

Tomorrow is the official anniversary party at the Famous Franchise.  Eight years at this location and I’ve been there since Day 1.  I don’t know what they’ve got planned but they are calling it a student appreciation party.  I’m hoping whatever it is will be low key.  Sometimes, I just don’t like talking about how long I’ve been doing this.  Can’t really explain why but sometimes it just makes me a bit uncomfortable.  We shall see.


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