Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Dance Log 1

(I still don't know how to make a title.)
My beautiful, talented, and dear friend Alyssa is taking a dance class, inwhich her teacher said it would behoove the students to have a dance journal.

Interestingly enough, I read that today... and then I went to a dance class.
During the class I thought, man it would behoove me to be like Alyssa and have a dance journal too!And since it is less painful and more fun to write on a computer and post it online, I thought, this blog would be a great place!
So... it might be painfully boring to begin with, but wait til the end, I promise it'll be good!
First hour, 6:30-7:30... American Fox Trot. At first I though, uuuuuuuuugh Fox Trot. But I was determined to have a good time, so I plastered on my Fox Trot Smile (it's real, I have a particular smile just for Fox trot and boy is it cheesy!)Just like this lady, a big cheesy smile, yet it is elegant and refined!

It is also similar to what my face looks like in this next picture... in which I am indeed dancing...Fox Trot!Notice the smile? Notice how it is full of joy, ease, elegance, grace...

all while my shoe is falling off and I am trying to figure out how to get my foot back into my show! (Dear Alyssa, this is a show or two after the unfortunately hilarious incident of my dress being tucked into itself and me dancing this number with my shorts showing. How I wish I had pictures taken DURING that show!)
Anyway. Back to tonight, Fox Trot. Some things I learned/relearned/want to note: Heel Leads. Stand on supporting leg, compress, bend supporting leg with pulls other leg through, extend heel, push on to heel, and release back leg making this the new supporting leg, repeat.

I may have had other thoughts, but lets get back to entertaining you.

Second hour, 7:30-8:30, Jive! AKA, East Coast Swing.
Lots of fun, I keep smiling and pulling faces as I normally do in dance, especially swing.
What I learned/need to actually work on since I kept forgetting to do: put heel down on rock step.
I thought class was over at this time. Turns out there was a third hour! I was contemplating leaving since I start work tomorrow at 6 am... but I heard it was Viennese Waltz. I had to stay! So, from 8:30-9:30 I did just that.
And boy, is it Tuesday again yet?! It was the best hour of my life.
I couldn't stop grinning, I loved the combinations! I loved the movements, the routine is amazing!hold for three, burst, wheel in shadow, canter rhythm to outside partner, natural turn, three step to outside partner, natural turn, check, pivot, hold, whatever this step is called with the ladies arabesque to same foot lunge! Hold, swivels to turn to over sway, hold.... spin to hip check and turn to reverse/basic!

I felt like I was flying, floating... something amazing! I felt so graceful, the movement felt so natural. I felt like this:

(an oversway)
I want to video tape it next week to see if I actually look more like the ugly duckling... you know how your perception can be off? well... haha

Either way, I am SO excited for next Tuesday!!

1 comment:

alyssa said...

Jenny, it made my heart happy when I saw that you mentioned that fateful performance when your dress was tucked in your spankies.

What memories! I'm so glad we're keeping dance logs. Everyone would be behooved to have a dance log. C: