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whirling and twirling and swimming

Yesterday I went to the last class of Viennese Waltz.. which finally taught you how to do the turns. And it was the first time I was challenged in the class. So that meant I had fun. Very dizzying. But yeah, definitely not something I would've been able to pick up on my own by "faking it". Well to be fair, I would've been able to fake it, but it prob would've driven my partner crazy.

One week hiatus on the class.. then to level 2 where we learn the turn to other side, and a transition step.

A woman there said that she liked seeing me and Andy dance because we look cute together. That's good. Because we sure are arguing a lot while we're dancing. I'm criticizing his lead, and he says I'm not following. Even though I'm following!

I've to say, I'm willing to take Andy's criticism in improv, but I think in dancing, I have more experience then him. So, I'm going to stick to my guns. Besides which, almost everyone I dance with says I'm an excellent dancer. Hrmpf.

I think if I met Andy in a dance floor, we would've hated each other. But be one of those couples where the hate grudgingly turns into love. Because when we do keep our mouth shut, there's chemistry.

I do like the whirling and the twirling. It reminds me of the game I used to play as a kid. Where you hold someone's hands and go in a circle.

Afterwards I went to swim at The Hills Fitness center. Which is where the waltz takes place. It has two heated pools, and the ladies rooms are ridiculous. Lotion, deodorizer, makeup stuff, shampoo, conditioner, soap, towels! And I liked that the Sauna and the Whirlpool is separated by gender. Also, the Whirlpool is really really hot. I felt really mellow afterwards.

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mdf356
Jun. 27th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
If he doesn't think you're following there's about a 50% chance that his leads aren't clear and powerful.

Have you done ballroom with other folks before or just other dance? Because there *is* a difference between ballroom and other dancing because of the lead/follow.
ripresa
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
yeah. i do lindy hop, swing and salsa. took ballroom classes several years ago. dancing is one of the few things in my life that i've devoted enough time, and have enough internal talent, to make me know that i'm good at it. (unlike say.. improv, or playing the guitar).

also, when i dance with andy i don't cheat like i do with other males in the class.. as in "guess" where he's going to take me. mainly because he is one of the better dancers in the class, with him, i pretty much just respond to his lead instead of "helping" him. and i think that's partly why.. but I want him to learn to lead me. and i think he's getting better each time. we're just both stubborn people.
orangepaisley
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
I was sad to miss class last night. I have pre-registered for Level 2 and hope to see the two of you there. :-)

Andy holds much promise as a ballroom dancer: he has good posture and flexibility, he incorporates what he sees/hears very quickly, and (most importantly!) he is very clear about where he is trying to move his partner. He hasn't quite learned how not to lead with his legs instead of his center, but that is a common error with many newcomers to ballroom dance. In a few weeks the problem will correct itself. I can put up with a few bruses on my knees until then.

Leads have so much to deal with when they first start ballroom dance -- much more so than follows -- so I am very patient with them. I'd rather praise them for the things they are doing well than tell them where they're going wrong. Leads know when they're screwing up: the follow goes someplace they didn't intend. They don't need me to verbally confirm it. What they do need is for me to give them enough practice time to correct themselves.
ripresa
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
oh, you're such a sweetheart :)

you're right. i will endeavor to be nicer to him. i think though, this is one of the few areas we both do where.. he isn't better then me. so maybe there's an ego thing involved :)
orangepaisley
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Did you see this article?
10 Compliments That Wow a Man by David Zinczenko

I was completely taken by surprise by "cute feet" -- I've thought as much by some of the guys I've danced with, but I've never said it out loud.
orangepaisley
Jun. 27th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
"where the hate grudgingly turns into love"
Not to burst your bubble, but this never happens. If anything, the hate leads to abuse. This is one of the many reasons why I can't watch professional-level ballroom competitions or Olympic ice dancing anymore. So many of the couples are so openly hostile to each other! And then they try to channel that anger into something that they think looks sexy on the dance floor -- and it just looks fake and stupid.
ripresa
Jun. 27th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Re: "where the hate grudgingly turns into love"
really! i can't imagine why openly hostile couples will do professional ballroom dance :)

when i was single, i would find myself attracted to strong males who annoy me. maybe part of the whole "going for the unattainable" complex.
orangepaisley
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: "where the hate grudgingly turns into love"
Well given the choice between a guy that annoys me and a guy that bores me, I'd choose the former. I really hates to be bored. >:-/
dnivie
Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Re: "where the hate grudgingly turns into love"
That's a sucky choice anyway.

I'm with you though -- allthough I guess it depends on the type of annoyance. It's definitely better for a relationship to have some internal friction, even if that sometimes flames up into annoyance or even a quarrel than simply to be bored and uninterested in oneanother.
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