Saturday, June 4, 2011

TGIF (Thank God It's Foxtrot)

Dances:  Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Nightclub 2-Step, Cha Cha, Rumba
Part:  Lead
Workout:  Chest & shoulders at the gym.
Happy Hour:  Matador - Steak Tacos and Ancho Chili Wings
Cars Detailed Today:  2

Friday is finally here, and for once it's SUNNY!!  Such a rare occurrence in the Seattle area, so I took advantage of it and detailed two cars.  That left me pretty tired and I still had a workout, a practice, and a dance party to go to.

The workout today involved chest and shoulders.  Sarah decided to join me today, and even though she has almost no measurable chest or shoulder strength, she held up better than Thursday.  Guess she must have gotten more sleep and ate more before hand.  A cruel thing happened today while I was on the elliptical trainer.  While I was running I looked up at the various TVs and one of them caught my eye.  It was a show on making pie.  Apple pie to be exact.  I have to say, it was just as distracting as the bikini girls.  The whole time I was running all I saw was delicious golden, flaky crust with rich apple filling, topped off with vanilla ice cream.  People were making the pies, then eating them, then making them again, then eating once more.  I can't believe they're allowed to show that at the gym.  Talk about cruel and unusual punishment!

Practice was pretty short today.  We ran through the tango, quickstep, and waltz.  Then it was back to slow metronomic foxtrot again.  This time we focused on the second half of our routine.  There's a good portion of it where I am going backwards and Sarah forwards.  It definitely took some getting used to, going that slow.  Now instead of pitching back to step forward, I needed to pitch forward to step back.  All the while NOT knocking Sarah over or getting in her space.  The Reverse Wave was fairly difficult at that speed.  All in all, it went well.  Patrick was practicing with us again, and continued on his second day of slow, metronomic foxtrot.  It seems to be helping his movement as well.  I guess we'll find out in a month or so when we're fully used to it.

As I mentioned, practice was pretty short due to the fact that the three of us planned on going to DanceWorks in Redmond.  They have their typical Friday night dance party there and I hadn't been in ages.  It's always refreshing to change up the venue and meet new people.  The dance went well.  It wasn't too crowded and everyone there was really friendly.  The floor is pretty small though.  I would say if I did a full on feather step I'd be about 80% across the floor.  Their waltzes are a bit frustrating as well.  Always right in the middle tempo-wise.  Too fast to be a slow waltz, and too slow for a Viennese.  DanceWorks is home to many west coast swing and salsa enthusiasts so naturally they played a lot of those two dances.  It was good catching up with Scott and Jeremy again (the owner and manager respectively).  We also ran into Lorenzo, Jackie and Tatiana there.  Always fun to find familiar faces.  After a good 2 hours of dancing and a quick stop at Matador for happy hour, everyone was home before midnight (I know, sounds lame but we're all beat).  Tomorrow we've decided to take a day off to get some rest.  Looks like it's going to be sunny!!


  1. There are some perfumes that have food scent in them. Maybe Sarah can wear some for your practice and that will make you focus completely on her.

  2. Ha! I'm not sure a reenactment of the Donner Party would really get me that far in my dance career.