For the most part, I’m pretty adaptable and there are times when I don’t like to make decisions. This means that I’m generally not as active in the routines I do. It seems like Kid T and I are on the same page a lot of the time so when she suggests a song, it is usually something I like so I just go with it. That’s also true of routines I’ve done with Mindy and with Z. Normally, if they show enthusiasm for a song, it is enough for me. Or, they’ll often give me a couple of choices and one will just jump out at me.
Yesterday was the first time I brought a song in to Kid T. If you’ve been dancing long enough, you start to be able to pick up which dance fits a particular song. But what I like to do is to just search for the song title and the dance style that I think fits. Sometimes, I find videos that confirm my thoughts. In this case, this song was actually used on Dancing with the Starts as a Fox Trot. It was after I stopped watching the show so I hadn’t seen the routine. I found one other video that looked like it was from a dance studio event and it was a pro am couple but they were also doing Fox Trot to this song.
I suppose I should tell you now, shouldn’t I. OK, it is “People are Strange” by Echo and the Bunnymen. I could have picked the Doors original version but we had great success with our Two Step to Billy Idol doing LA Woman so why not pick another Doors cover by an 80’s new wave act. The song was also used in the Lost Boys soundtrack so there are plenty of costuming possibilities.
That fixes our three routines for May and it is an all 80’s show:
- Swing to Scary Monsters and Super Creeps by David Bowie
- Cha-Cha to Weird Science by Oingo Boingo
- Fox Trot to People are Strange by Echo and the Bunnymen
Granted the last two are still just idea with no choreography so we’ve got some work to do. Well Kid T has a lot of work to do. I just need to dance whatever she comes up with. The costuming possibilities are endless.
We did have a lesson last night and the focus was Tango and Bolero. Kid T was teaching a Tango group class the other night and was getting on us about being too far apart. It was an advanced class so she really wanted us dancing is close position with hip contact. That’s a little awkward even with people I know so I just let the lady decide how close they wanted to be. One did decide to get all up in my space but, if I was going to be honest, the Tango felt best with her. Well, on the lesson, Kid T wasn’t giving me an option. She was attached to me for the entire dance. I guess I just have to work through the awkwardness of it all. I mean I’m old enough to be her father so there is a bit of a creep effect but then it is just a dance. But it does make it easier to do the kind of sharp movements you need in Tango.
Bolero was all about connection but she then changed a spot near the end of the routine. We talked about what parts of the Bolero I liked and what parts I didn’t because she had other ideas on steps to add. I don’t know what it is but it feels like she’s amped up her commitment and I’m not complaining about it. We could be in for a very good year.
Lastly, I’m just going to mention something. I get a message from someone running a site called Feedspot. They put together a list of the top 60 Ballroom Dance Blogs and I made the list at #51 (hold your applause). Several of you in the village were also on the list. There was even a little badge I could post on my blog. I haven’t decided to do this yet.
Nothing against the site since it seems legit but I’m reminded of the Woody Allen line “I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member”. Maybe I shouldn’t be quoting Woody Allen since he seems to be a major creep. Oh and the list was supposed to be the Top 60 but they only had 55 which says there just aren’t a lot of people blogging about ballroom which is likely why my little blog made this list.
The site allows you to enter an email address to get updates which probably explains why I’ve been getting a smattering (I love that word) of followers with strange email addresses. Given that my last couple of posts were about my Mom, I’m betting anyone who came here via that list was wondering if this really was a ballroom blog.
The top of the list seems to be ballroom studios which is fine. I guess since I’m a consumer of Ballroom, I bring a slightly different (and sometimes slightly snarky) perspective to the table. Just my opinion, but I’d say blogs by students are probably more valuable than studio blogs for people considering dance. Its a wonderful thing and I’d highly recommend it but nothing is without flaws and we do a good job of giving a balanced picture. At least I think we do. So if it drives a few people here and they find something useful, then there is no harm.