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!