Friday, August 26, 2011

The One Night Stand of Ballroom Dancing

Dances:  Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Nightclub 2-Step
Part:  Lead
Workout:  Arms and back at the gym.

After taking Wednesday off (just wasn't feeling it as we all get sometimes) Sarah and I were back at the gym with our usual schedule.  The arms and back workout is going well.  I think I've found a good strategy as far as the workout schedule goes.  For each body part there are both exercises that take up a lot of time to complete and ones that don't.  I've grouped all the ones that take longer into one day, and the rest on another.  But I do less of the ones that take up a lot of time and more of the ones that don't.  That balances out the time commitment quite nicely.

After warming up with a Nightclub 2-Step, we started off with the Waltz.  It still feels really good to both of us other than the Wing.  As I'm sure one of us has mentioned in a previous post (or multiple posts), the Wing is really not our favorite figure by a long shot.  Nothing good ever comes out of the wing.  I told Sarah "The Wing is the one night stand of ballroom dancing."  Explaining to her the similarities.  Its not bad going into it, usually feels good and looks pretty.  Then afterwards you are filled with regret and awkwardness.  Its hard to get out of and you question your judgement after which you vow never to do it again, only you realize that it WILL happen again.  Maybe Sarah and I are just dancing the Wing wrong, but it's definitely not working for us.

After the Waltz we ran through all our other dances.  The Quickstep fell apart right a the Rumba Cross.  We are continuing our experiment with the metronome on that dance.  I think if we fix the Rumba Cross section as well as the Tipsies, we'll be good to go.  Our Foxtrot tonight was off as well.  Kind of like a bad hair day.  Nothing you can do about it.  Something about our connection and timing was just completely off.  Only thing you can do is grit your teeth and danced on hoping tomorrow it'll be better.

Overall it was a dance intensive session.  I like to think of it as a good cardio workout.

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