Dances: Nightclub 2-step, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep
At this point I guess I should stop listing all of the dances since we're hitting all of the dances every night now during our round. It's still tough for us, but I think we'll get our endurance back up to speed. In my defense, I had mentioned to Jeff some time ago that we should start dancing rounds regularly to build endurance to comp length songs, and at that point he wasn't concerned about it, so we focused our practice more on solidifying our routines and getting major problems out of the way. We've both realized now though that we do need to work on this....now that we're more comfortable dancing through our entire routines.
After the nightclub warm up, we danced a round to a competition video again, only this one didn't have any breaks between the songs, so Jeff's legs died almost at the end of the Viennese (it was leg day), and then we inserted quick breaks in between. I'm glad we're doing this, as it's good to know where we are endurance wise. We don't want to be the couple who dies come quickstep!
And speaking of quickstep, it was back to that dance for our focused practice. This time we worked on our closed impetus into cross chasse and quick open reverse V-6 part. That's a tough part for Jeff because it involves a heel turn for him (I know how bad those can be), and for me it's a matter of not pulling him other on either side and disturbing the balance. We realized as we practiced it slowly that we're not collecting sufficiently between the figures and were kind of falling into them, so we worked on stopping between each on to check balance. There was also some leveling off of the frame that had to happen to make this work, since the tilt was probably part of issue.
We ended with some lead and follow foxtrot; Jeff essentially tried to turn our quickstep into foxtrot, which was an interesting experiment and partially successful. I'm glad that we're finally taking the bull by the horns and really working hard at the quickstep. It's not the most fun right now, but it's what needs to happen to make us all around better dancers. Due to the practice plans, our practice sessions have been pretty focused and I'd say generally very productive lately, so it does seem that we are making some good progress.