The choreography to the solo is now complete.
Boss had an idea to use velcro to stick things to me and then to pull them off at the end, but I shot that down. It seemed a little gimicky to me, and at this point I didn’t want to have to try and incorporate props. It just seemed a little stressful and like it might go horribly wrong too easy. The idea just caused me too much stress to try and add less than 2 weeks before the competition.
That said, he did come up with a great ending for it, that definitely makes the routine a ‘rumba-paso’. It’s the most dramatic routine we have done so far. The ending is pretty fierce-or at least it will be once I figure out how to do some fierce walks 🙂 I am already practicing going up and down the hallway of my apartment. I think my roommate might disown me 🙂
I was able to do 5 mins of practice after my lesson before I called it a night. I figure 5 mins is better than no mins, and I didn’t want to work more on the solo until the new part had time to ‘sink in’. I will probably work on the ending at home some tomorrow to feel more confident at my lesson on Wednesday. Now it is a matter of polishing and running it over and over. We did do it twice from top to finish tonight although the second time I was definitely tired and my balance and focus was off. I am ok with that though–the routine is complete!
I seem to be having an issue with my muscles, and the worse thing is that I can’t tell if it is a side effect from the HT, or if I did something to upset the muscles. My mid-upper back seems to be completely tensed up. It started last Thursday when I woke up. It is like my shoulderblades are being constantly pulled together and I can’t get them to relax and spread out. It kept me awake last night because it was so uncomfortable. I can’t say it’s painful, but definitely uncomfortable is a good word. I just can’t think of anything I have done that may have triggered that–I haven’t done anything new in dance, if anything I have done less overall.
It is bad enough I am going to try some muscle relaxants tonight and see if they help since ibuprofen is having no effect. If it keeps up tomorrow I will have to go to the health clinic and get it checked out. I had acupuncture today and that is the area she focused on, so hopefully everything together will release the tension overnight.
Losing sleep over tense muscles is not a good thing right now 😦
I will see what tomorrow brings.
One thing tomorrow will bring for sure–the start of the International Ballroom Dance Competition in the UK!!!
It’s only the first day, but it’s been a while since I have had an opportunity to watch dance live so I can’t wait. The streaming starts at 3 am my time, and I won’t be up that early for sure, but I will catch it when I do wake up. The ‘main’ event will be on Thursday and that starts at a reasonable 11 am my time–so I have cleared my schedule for that 🙂
I am so glad to have something to be really excited about!!
Overall, despite the weird muscle tension and ongoing fatigue, it’s been a good day and looks like it might be a good week–even if its a ‘tired’ one.