Last Dance of 2016

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And it was a Waltz.  We had a coach in right after Showcase and he did some major rework of our open Waltz routine but Kid T and I had been all Mambo, all the time so we hadn’t gotten back to it.  Actually, she had forgotten about it and I had to remind her that it did exist.  Fortunately, it was on the electronic device so she could review it.

This coach comes from a studio in a state where one of our villagers is from.  I believe it might even be the same Famous Franchise studio she used to attend since she used his name in one of her post and I don’t think there are two of them in the same area.  That’s a bit mysterious but y’all can probably narrow it done if you are so inclined.  Don’t know why I mentioned that but just felt like something interesting to say.

As I was talking with Kid T, it really seemed like parts of this routine were from the MSU syllabus.  (That’s Making S**T up by the way) since she couldn’t really identify some of the steps.  And I remember back to the lesson and he did seem to be free-forming in parts – let’s see, what would look good here.  There’s some complex stuff in there and some timing changes and a lot of opportunities to pose and make those pretty Waltz things.  When we did it right after he left, it felt out of reach.  But, on the lesson, it all seemed doable though it will take time.

One thing kind of stuck with me though.  Kid T is talking about the routine and says it is challenging but that he wouldn’t have designed this if he didn’t think I could do it.  Now, that’s a nice thing to say but this guy saw me at one Showcase for the small amounts of time he may have been watching me.  How does he really know what I can do?  Is he some kind of dance jedi master who can tell right away that the force is strong with someone?  (You know, I’m really not that much of a Star Wars geek, but I just like using the references).  Could just be Kid T trying to keep my spirits up which is OK as well.

So, we come to the end of another year.  As you may know, I’m not big on making resolutions.  I don’t really subscribe to the thinking that this magic about adding one to the year.  You’ll be the same person on January 1 that you were on December 31 – just may not feel that great if you do too much celebrating.  I’m all for making decisions to change your life in positive ways but you can do that on any day since every day gives you a new opportunity to start over.  Why just limit yourself to one day?

I won’t go into a lot of boring details of the year that was.  I really try to avoid all those articles.  Like, let’s be nostalgic about all the bad sh*t that happened during the year.  Remember when this person died or when this natural disaster hit.  Wasn’t that awful?  I know they do a run down of the good news stories as well but I just lived through the year, I don’t need to rehash it.

My Famous Franchise studio went through significant upheaval at the end of the year which is a typical pattern.  Get used to a set of instructors and a certain feel to the studio and then several leave and you have to re-establish a new equilibrium.  That will take time.  The biggest thing for me was finding a new studio and actually experiencing dance life outside of the Famous Franchise Universe.  That was a good call.

I’ll continue to work on my confidence issues but that’s a pretty tall order.  At least I always have something to work on!!

And, I’ll keep writing about all of it and still throw in some non dance stuff from time to time as the spirit moves me.

Happy new year to all of you.  May you have more happiness and success in the new year!


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