Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Cheap K-Mart Underwear Sound

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

Today was one of our more interesting practices.  It started of course with our workout which was typical.  But when we got in the "ballroom", our latin dancing friends were already there as well as who we call "Twirly Guy".  He is a guy that practices some sort of baton twirling routine and is actually quite good at it.  Sarah thinks he sprinkles the floor with baby powered to keep it slick for his socks but I think that's incorrect.  He's using it as talcum powder to keep his hands dry.  And as a result of his routine, he spreads it all over the floor.  Needless to say, this cause quite a problem when we start dancing there after him.  But believe it or not, that wasn't what made the practice so interesting today.

Sarah and I have been talking for some time about finding a way to tie ourselves together when dancing to make sure our connection stays where it's supposed to stay.  Today we made that dream come true in the most awkward way.  Sarah had brought in three resistance bands the whole process of tying them together and getting into them together was hilarious.  At first I tried to have Sarah climb in after me.  But then we realized she was wearing a skirt and that wouldn't work.  And when we finally both got into the giant rubber band it was either too tight or too loose.  While we were in the band I pulled it out and snapped it against my hips and compared the sound of that of the cheap tighty-whity underwear you get at places like K-Mart and the sound they make when you put them on.  We were laughing soooo hard.  I'm glad we were able to provide such entertainment for everyone in the room.  Finally we did get the band roughly where we wanted it and we tried dancing in it.  Not too bad, but the wing (or any wrong side position) caused problems.  Overall I think the concept works, but we'll have to refine it a bit before we can get something useful out of it.

After the wonderful fail of the resistance bands, I thought it'd be a good day to just practice our Promenade Position.  So Sarah and I spent the rest of the practice dancing almost entirely in Promenade Position straight at the mirror.  It was actually quite helpful.  I still need to stretch more, but we're getting there.

We ended practice with Nightclub 2-Step and more YouTube figures.  Overall a great and fun practice.

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