Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Rainy Saturday, A Tough Waltz

Dances:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Part:  Lead
Workout:  None
Whole Chickens Consumed Within 24 Hours:  1

After two days of rest (well maybe not rest, but a break from practicing) Sarah and I were back at the gym for a rare Saturday practice.  It really was a great day to practice since the weather was pretty crappy.  Not only was it rainy, but it was the kind of misty rain that's too light for you to keep your windshield wipers on, yet heavy enough to soak you in a few minutes.  Since we're in Seattle, this is a common kind of rain.  I miss the rain in California.  On the rare rainy day down there you got the SUPER LARGE drops and crazy downpour.  This would last for a few hours then it would be sunny and dry up again.  But enough about rain.

Since there was no workout today, that meant that our muscles were fresh going into practice.  We started off with a round which went well, then proceeded to work on waltz.  I don't have any specific complaints or trouble spots in the waltz at this point (though I'm sure Kora and Simeon would beg to differ) but overall it feels like we're just trying too hard.  Sarah pointed out that it's only supposed to look easy and graceful.  While I know that's true, I don't think it should be THAT hard.  Not to mention that it's the routine I've had the longest overall.  Waltz is the only dance where I really feel like I'm busting my rear end to dance.  I'm not saying that the tango, foxtrot, and quickstep aren't hard or that I don't try hard when dancing them, but they generally feel like they take less effort and energy to dance.  All this being said, I'm sure our coaches will give us something to work on in the other three dance that will make them just as tiring.  Other than the waltz, we ran through the other dances a little which all felt great.  All in all a good practice to get us back on track.

Kora and Simeon were supposed to join us for practice today, but they got held up in traffic.  Apparently the 520 bridge was closed so I-90 was jam packed.  They showed up right as we were leaving.  Sarah and I are going to try and schedule a lesson with them for next week.  I wonder what our report card will show.

1 comment:

  1. It's suppose to feel easy and graceful too, provided that you have enough strength to support the action.