It’s been a little less than a year since I last wrote.
With James having knee surgery, we were out of the loop for a long time. It’s been a trial just getting back in to the normal swing of things. Finally our dancing feels almost like it used to. We are working towards a new routine.
It’s time to set some goals. Here are the moves I would like to see in our repertoire for 2014:
Jump turn at the end of a swing out
Assisted cartwheel (different from the one we already do)
Do the roll up in a jam circle
Have my jazz band play at Omaha Jitterbugs
Teach my students how to Lindy hop!
A nice short list to start me off 🙂
It’s been a while.
A lot has happened in Lindsay’s dancing world.
The biggest news: James dislocated his patella. This is going to require surgery and he is out of dancing until May at least. We are hoping that we will get to compete at Sunflower Swing in Wichita but we are both really bummed that we are not going to Heartland Swing this weekend.
This lack of dance has given me a little more freedom to try out some other things.
I recently got Zumba certified in January and it has been a lot of fun building up my routines for a class. I have been working with a Mentor class on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 and this last week I taught 5 songs. This next week I will be teaching 6! I hope to have my own class on Saturday mornings soon enough.
I try to Zumba every day. And mostly, it happens. I miss swing dancing, so I need to start putting more swing routines for Zumba together. I did one and I think that the patrons love it. 🙂
I am going to start blogging more often. There are things I don’t want to forget, and I need some accountability.
Anyways, it’s nice to be back!
Here is what we have so far from class.
It goes with the song, “Wade in the Water”
closed swing out
open swing out
swing out inside turn
Swing out outside turn
Right side pass
Left side pass
Right side pass hand switch
swing out with double outside turn
Swing out with free spin
switches (2 8’s)
8 count lindy circle
Cowtown was awesome! And inspiring! I will definitely take some time to blog about all of the different classes that we went to. I have found that this is really great for remembering what exactly I learned and when I want to look at something again, it makes it really easy.
Some things that I took away:
I am really starting to understand how to just dance. Sometimes I think so hard about doing every step just perfectly that I forget that I can just dance and have a good time and the moves will come. I had some great success with just letting go. James and I have finally started just playing around and some really great dancing starts happening.
Some highlights of the classes:
Aerials class- This class was awesome! James and I really love aerials and are getting pretty good at working them through. We are building up quite a repertoire of different aerial tricks that we can and like to do. I was kind of disappointed that we didn’t get to do them at the contest, but that story is another post.
I really liked the bal-swing classes. Not because I particularly like bal-swing, but because they really challenged me. It’s hard pressed to go to classes that are not advanced classes and be challenged by the foot work, but this one did in lots of ways. The advanced bal-swing class had completely different footwork which was also a challenge. I am looking forward to working this in to our fast dancing.
Where do we go from here?
Well we know that we need to work on fast dancing. The competition was kind of frustrating because we have been working so hard on phrasing our lindy hop, and we didn’t get to use any of it. That was a major bummer.
We also need to continue preparing for anything. It seems like every time we prepare for something they change how the contest goes.
I know there are some follow skills that I need to work on, but I am struggling figuring out how to go about that. So that is a constant work in progress.
It’s Thursday! School’s out for the day. We are picking Kim and David up from the air port tonight and then probably taking them somewhere for dinner. (I am rooting for upstream but who knows) Then we are going to the cowtown kickoff party at the Sydney tonight where the blacktop ramblers are playing. Kim and David are teaching a stroll lesson. I have no idea what that is, but I am sure it will be fun.
I was wrong about last night. It was advanced Bolero. We just continued to work on the pattern we learned last week. It was a half a basic to an open break to an under arm turn then the left foot (for follows) steps out to the left and the quick quick steps continue back (technical dance language I know) then a simple pass. I am not sure whether or not this is the end of the pattern, but that’s all that we learned
We spent a lot of the class working out the ups and downs of Bolero (though not to the level it should be done at yet) and working on our arms and what they need to be doing.
Tonight we are going to hopefully be dancing at the Sydney. I know that the floor isn’t all that big, so I am hoping that there is space for everyone. I am not sure exactly how much dancing we are going to be doing James and I, but I am sure that it is going to be a good time. Tomorrow morning starts the classes. The first thing I am excited about is not having to go to school. The second thing I am excited about is not having to wake up at 4:20 to lifeguard at the pool. Thank Goodness.
Look for more posts about new moves!
A short but good night of dance practice last night.
We went over some of the stuff for the cowtown competition. We are either going to be able to hang in with everyone or it will be like last year and we will just get stomped on. Though at least this year we have improved our skills tremendously. I think back to cowtown last year and how we were just starting to connect ideas together.
This year we can do minimal phrasing (usually planned and thought out). Phrasing on the fly is still difficult, but it’s starting to get there. We have added more aerials to our repertoire. We can dance infinitely faster. I would say that at Heartland we danced pretty well, and I was suffering from noro-virus (unbeknownst to me at the time) and we didn’t completely fall apart. I didn’t place in the jack and jill, and we didn’t place in the anything goes but we did alright. I got some good dancing in the Jack and Jill, and didn’t inhibit my partner from making it into the finals.
Last night we ran through the big apple on the fly. I just turned the music on and told James we were doing it. We did really great until the very end, and it’s the part that is like the tranky do that threw us off. There is the same exact move in both dances but on different counts and that always throws me off!
We also practiced some super fast dancing. I should start video taping so that we can see progress. I hate that part of dancing where you work and you work and you can’t really tell if it’s making a difference (even though it really is)
Tonight on the dance agenda we have Advanced Foxtrot. I am not sure what we are learning tonight but I am sure that it has something to do with passing the foot through closed position. I will make sure to video so that we can remember. We also need to practice some lindy hop on the wood floor. It’s great that our apartment has space, but it still carpeted, so sometimes that doesn’t work as well as we want it to. We also need to go through some aerials on the hard floor. I have always been this way about aerial tricks. I love doing them, and usually am pretty fearless, but hard floor wigs me out. It takes me a bit to warm up to the hard floor. Maybe that’s gymnastics training on a spring floor kicking in. You can do anything on a spring floor.
Here’s a video of the next aerial I want to learn!