Tonight’s private was a lot of fun and well-received. I usually try to go into the studio with my mind open and ready to learn. I think I was very tired during my last lesson and I got mentally frustrated with myself and left feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything. Well as you all know, this ballroom game is not cheap and I made a promise to myself to make every lesson worth every penny and productive. Today’s lesson, as you can see, was very productive. Three dances in 45 minutes, what?!
We started with the neglected rumba. It has been over a month since I’ve danced rumba. I was a little rusty on the routine, but saw overall improvement. My rumba walk and hip movement is much better. C didn’t have to remind me to open up my hips as much as before (I still had some reminders of course) and I have gotten better at settling in my hips.
Next was cha cha. More drilling technique with my legs. It’s funny how my legs feel straight but they’re not. C said judges love it when your knees are locked, the shape of them. They apparently go crazy for bowed legs. Well, these bowed legs of mine that I’ve kept from locking all my life are finally good for something! (This is not the bowed legs looking at them from the side, but when your legs are straight back) I still have some things to work on with my footwork. C had me record him to do drills as practice at home.
For the last five minutes, we touched on samba for a bit. He put on a really fast samba and I just didn’t have it in me at that point to even attempt it. After doing rumba and cha cha for forty minutes straight, my legs instinctively would straighten and not bend like it’s supposed to in samba. He would stop and we would dance to half-tempo, and I’d be fine. I guess that’s one skill I have to work on when it comes to doing a competition and dancing to heats of different styles of dance, being able to change technique right away.
I finished the lesson proud of the work I put in today! I will continue to try to practice more at home so I can continue to improve with each lesson 🙂
And to end this post, some 2008 bronze dancers at the Ohio Star Ball: