Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ice Cream Shopping = Quality + Quantity

Dance:  Tango
Part:  Lead
Workout:  Legs at the gym.
Ice Cream of the Day:  Tillamook Marionberry Pie

After the usual rigorous leg workout (one which continues to increase in resistance), tango was on the docket for the evening.

Our second short side isn't particularly difficult, though is strangely awkward.  The first part involves a Fallaway Four-Step into a Fallaway Promenade.  While being relatively simple figures, they pose an interesting problem when it comes to alignment and movement down the floor.  The whole thing is done in promenade position and seems to just zig-zag along the same plane, almost moving back against line of dance on the first long side.  So it was a goal of mine to finally figure out how exactly these two figures travel the way I need them to.  After watching the video our coaches made for us it seems like Simeon angles each of the figures a lot less steeper than I have been.  Having that in mind I gave it a whirl and after a few tries Sarah and I were traveling further down the short side.

The next challenge was then to make sure I came completely back to closed position after those two figures.  Having been in promenade for so long, it's entirely too easy to just stay slightly angled out rather than parallel to your partner after it's done.  This is a constant issue Sarah and I face in the tango.  Not sure why but we've been told we never really come back to closed position after a certain point.  My first guess is that my frame is doing something it's not supposed to be.  We'll have to keep working on it and see where it goes.

All in all it was a short practice since Sarah had choir practice tonight.  Afterwards we went shopping for ice cream.  I'll never understand how Sarah can live with getting the tiny bite sized tub of Hagen Daas when you can get a nice GIANT tub of it.  When it comes to ice cream, quantity is everything.

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