Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Questionable Quickstep

Part: Follow
Dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese, Foxtrot, Quickstep
Hovers: 2 (or 16+ depending on Jeff's perception of my Viennese head position)

Monday night it was back to business as usual, though our schedule was slightly different since I had a couple of choir related commitments in the evening, so I wasn't able to work out. Practice involved dancing through all of the dances to some degree, in fact we danced quite a lot this session (versus talking about what we're working on (or not), or trying to figure out rough spots, etc.).

The focused practice centered primarily on quickstep, for which we once again pulled out tick-tock timing and applied thoroughly. Each time we're speeding it up just a little, hopefully so that when we get to full speed the balance and control we've gained from dancing it so slowly will cary over. That's the idea, anyway. I do think though that this dance will take more than a metronome. It helps with the precision, but I don't think the timing is the only problem. We've got to be sure we can execute the figures correctly as well, with or without the correct speed and timing, and by that I mean with the correct shapes, swing, and rotation.

We also tried to dance some metronomic foxtrot, and it didn't go so well as we remembered. I guess we've gotten a little rusty, though in the end it seemed it was more a matter of us forgetting how many click beats go where than actual ability with the technique. We'll be trying it again tomorrow to see how it goes as we really don't want to lose our slow foxtrot skills. We're pretty sure we can get it back.

Waltz, tango, and Viennese waltz were all essentially run throughs, but we did dance them all. Other than quickstep, I think our dances are starting to level out a bit. I'd say that now we could say we're comfortable with our routines (again, excepting quickstep); definitely not anywhere close to perfect and there are lots of little things to work on, but at a point where we don't have to worry about surviving or just crashing half way through (again, except quickstep). This is why we plan to keep hammering away at quickstep. Perhaps it's time for us to invent yet a another practice technique. We've got the bar for tango and metronome for foxtrot and waltz...what does quickstep need?

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