Oh good lord…
That was my exact response when Boss proposed we do a section of ‘shimmying’ in our open samba routine.
But, I have been trying to get out of my comfort zone and shimmying is definitely out there. After a few rather hilarious attempts to get me shimmying rather than twisting, it seemed to start to come together. The worse part is that I will have to spend a lot of random moments shimmying to keep the sensation in my head…so guess what I may be doing in the office tomorrow to get out of my chair. Thankfully my colleagues are used to me doing random weird dance things.
Today’s lesson was about putting together 3 open latin routine for the competition in October. Mostly, Boss added some open variations to the routines I already had, so it wasn’t too complicated but each routine certainly has it’s challenges. Samba seems to be the trickiest, but it was last tonight and my mental capacity was definitely fading. My mind was just spinning trying to keep track of all the steps.
We were able to record Boss doing my steps for all 3 routines so I have something to reference when I have some time to think through the routines. I like the variations a lot and look forward to seeing what will happen with the standard routines on Thursday.
It occurred to me this weekend that there are only 6 weeks left until this competition. We will be sending in the entries soon, and booking the hotel. I am excited and nervous at the same time. It’s been a really long time since I have done focused work to prepare for a competition and it still seems a bit surreal. We are even starting to do some planning for the competition after that in January.
There are only 3 open latin routines so far because I will only be doing 3 latin dances. We actually have elements for the 4th (jive), but none of the events I will do at this upcoming competition will have either jive or paso, so they are not a priority right now.
In standard, Boss told me he will do more of the same–substitute some open steps into my existing routines, at least for Waltz, Tango and Foxtrot. Quickstep I imagine is a lot more tricky as open Quickstep is very different from syllabus Quickstep. I guess I will see on Thursday. For my Viennese Waltz we will try adding some pivots and see how they go. We have been working on them, so I hope they will go well. I actually haven’t really done VW in almost 6 months, so that should be an interesting experiment.
One thing the open latin routines don’t have that I think I would like to see added is a small entrance to the routines. I will have to float that idea by boss. I have some ideas, and I think something to ‘set the stage’ might be interesting.
Tomorrow is another step forward–I have a dress fitting! I haven’t seen my dresses in over a month, so I am really looking forward to see where they are at. We are getting to the stage where soon the sparkly stuff will be coming out, so that is really exciting. The competition in October will be my ‘debut’ for these new dresses.
Going back to shimmying, the reason it is so outside my comfort zone is that I am still thinking a lot of the shape I used to be. In the last few weeks, weight has actually started to come off, instead of just reducing in size, but I still see myself as someone much larger than I actually am. So the idea of shimmying and shaking immediately brings to mind that it’s too flamboyant and that I shouldn’t be doing it. Boss thinks the whole effect is a lot of fun and he has me doing a lot of hip movements in all the routines. I guess it’s good to show off my ‘ass’ets. Boss did make a point that I can do a lot of these things because it doesn’t take a lot of momentum for me to have a good effect. That is one thing I can’t disagree with.
The routines in general have given me some things to think about and consider. There are elements where I get to bring some of my personality to the routines, and I need to figure out how to do that. It’s a challenge, outside my comfort zone, and probably just what I need.