Little late in posting this, so hopefully I remember everything haha :p
Wednesday night was my private lesson with C. We started with reviewing samba from my last lesson. My feet are okay, it’s the general Cuban body movements that I can’t comprehend for some reason. C demonstrated while I had my hands on his side to see what muscles did what. I determined he was Gumby. More to attempt to practice…
Cha cha was second.. We haven’t done cha cha in my lessons for about 3 weeks, ever since my spotlight performance! I was a tiny bit rusty on the choreography but that was okay. Then he started really hammering into technique. I started to get frustrated. It was partially due to being tired and thinking what I was doing before was correct only to find out it wasn’t quite there. I have to get sharper on my Alemanas and my turns in general. I hope I remember to practice this weekend.
Maybe C sensed my frustration and asked me to do him a favor … I got to have a bit of fun after class and got to play dress-up with the dresses in the studios little boutique area! He knows I love the dresses and I always spend some time looking at the new ones that come in. C and E (the owner) were pulling out dresses left and right. I spent about an hour trying them on and modeling. I discovered that I really like fringe. Pretty much obsessed with fringe. I don’t like feathers so much because I feel like they retain heat and stick to your skin with the tiniest bit of perspiration.
I want to learn how to sew and make costumes. I got some nice ideas on how to construct them, what I like and don’t like, and what styles I prefer on me.
I want rhinestones on everything!
Overall, it was an enjoyable evening. There are things I have to work on, but that is expected at this and every point in my dancing. I should never be complacent no matter what skill level I achieve.
For fun, here’s throwback video to 2003 and 2002, respectively, with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Elena Grinenko dancing samba at a competition. She sure loved to change up the hair: