Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Slow and Steady

Part: Follow
Dances: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot
Hovers: 1

Yesterday's practice was on the short side...Jeff was still in recovery mode from a camping weekend and we had both worked out pretty hard, so after warming up, we started with waltz to slow metronome. We haven't practiced waltz that slowly in a while, so we wanted to see if we had lost some of the control that it felt like we had gained. It actually went pretty well; there were a few times we lost balance or ended up in funky positions, but overall I think it's safe to say we hadn't lost it and can still dance it slowly.

Foxtrot came next, just a couple of run throughs with music at different speeds, first a faster and then a slower one. Even though it's more challenging to dance it slowly, I definitely prefer slower foxtrot in general. Still my favorite dance too.

Tango came last, again, just a run through of the whole routine. It wasn't bad, particularly the first long side, so much so that we are now becoming actually comfortable with it. Maybe something's wrong, because Simeon said this side will never feel easy...perhaps I wouldn't go as far as to say it feels easy, but so dramatically improved. I'm no longer worried about surviving it.

Practice ended with the slow jazz piano "Moon River" waltz. Later, after practice and happy hour, I ended up a fortunate witness to a spontaneous foot race sprint off between Jeff and Simeon in a parking lot, with Simeon in standard shoes! Definitely the highlight of the evening.

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