Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ballroom Spa of the Yucky Kind

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

Today's workout was great.  I really pushed the envelope and got a good one in.  Lately, I've felt how much stronger I've become over the past 6 months.  Finally getting closer to where I used to be.

After the workout I entered what apparently was a spa class.  The "ballroom" was completely fogged up and there were puddles of sweat all over the floor.  Sarah was there yet so I quickly turned on all the fans, pointed them at the door and propped it open.  When she got there she just as surprised as I was.  I have to say, it's really distracting practicing in those conditions.  For me, it's the fact that you know the humidity is human humidity.  You're essentially dancing around and breathing in everyone else's sweat.  Pretty disgusting.

To Sarah's credit, she suggested we worked on Tango since the floor was so sticky.  That worked out perfectly.  We focused on the Fallaway and Slip Pivot into Oversway with Pivot Ending.  Getting Sarah to do a heel turn there is very difficult, for both of us.  Sometimes she likes to rise up when she does it.  Not only is that big no-no in Tango, but it really stress my frame.  But the main issue is getting out of it.  Sarah is still getting used to powering herself more and thus helping me with all the rotation and travel we need to exit it.  It's slow progress, but progress nonetheless.  She's still in calibration mode.  Sometimes she over shoots the target and that pulls me off course and balance.  Other times, she doesn't quite push enough and that leaves us with very small movement.

We ended with some Foxtrot and Waltz.  It was honestly too difficult to dance those dances with the floor in that condition.  I hope the room doesn't end up like that often come winter.


  1. That room gets really gross after spin class. But it's been like that after my Zumba class too. Yes it will be like often in the winter.