Yay, a dance post!
It won’t be a long one, but I wanted to post a little bit about dance since I have been quite ‘gloom and doom’ lately.
I had a coaching lesson in standard yesterday that was quite interesting. The coach I was working with comes from a background of thought and approach in dance that is quite different from what I am used to. The approach certainly simplifies things in comparison to others.
We focused mainly on foxtrot and on the body movement through foxtrot steps. We talked a little about position, but mainly it was about connection, smoothing the steps and moving through them.
The biggest difference was mainly in what I was thinking about when we were dancing. I wasn’t thinking about my hands, arms, or hips. I was more focused on upper body–chest and shoulder blades–and didn’t even really realize it until I thought about it some after the lesson. We covered a few different specific steps in my routines to see what differences there were in the approach and it was pretty interesting. It was the same…and yet not.
I haven’t worked with a male coach in standard before, so it was interesting to get that perspective. My mind is still trying to process all the information, but Boss took lots of notes which he said he would share with me.
I started my new medication yesterday and for a little while, I did feel better–thankfully that lasted through the lessons. My head felt more clear and able to process. Unfortunately, by about 7 pm my system seemed to crash and I got really overwhelmed. I couldn’t finish practice because couldn’t concentrate anymore and nothing made I was doing made sense and that led to a panic attack. I think in general my system got over-stimulated, and since I had just started the medication there is far too little in my system to sustain any sort of effects.
I can’t say if I feel better or worse today, but perhaps a little more clear-headed. I am just trying to give the time spent with the coach yesterday time to process as Boss asked me to try to describe and/or replicate what I was doing for my lesson on Monday. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to really do that in a way that will be meaningful to Boss, but I will try. Or at least try not to let it overwhelm me.
Baby steps to try and get past this latest health hiccup. More coaching with a different coach in smooth and latin later this week.