But this one is easier to handle (and dance related!)
After the news I got today I very seriously considered cancelling dance and just going home to bed. I am glad I decided against that in the end. Dance helped me feel much better tonight and I even stayed to practice.
As I mentioned in one of my last posts, I am working to make a bit of a posture change to bring my shoulders over my hips instead of my butt. It is coming, but it is still like baby steps. After more than a week of making the adjustment, my core muscles are pretty much dead–but in a good way.
For latin, I am working to bring my weight more forward than I do in everyday life and pretty much put as much distance between my breasts and my bum as I can without falling over. It’s almost the new stage of what I am trying to do. Overall though, it feels more like I am remembering how to do something, rather than doing something completely different, so that’s a good sign.
All this work on latin posture and it is probably no surprise that I am finding some ‘latiness’ creeping into my standard–to the point where during my practice exercises tonight I couldn’t remember what the difference was–although I am pretty sure it has to do with tucking in my pelvis some, and pulling my head up and back. I found myself shifting my weight back and forth and unsure where exactly my arms should be.
In my lesson tonight, we started by going over my exercises, followed by some discussion with video examples (one of the new changes). For my exercises, it was good because it gives me some slightly different areas to focus on for most of the exercises and refreshes them a bit. One thing I have to watch though is that I am not making my standard forward walks into cruzado walks (from samba). There are a couple other exercises where the two are getting a little confused.
Going over videos was helpful. It gave me an idea of what to aim for, or rather where we are trying to go for technique, at least in latin, as well as some things to think about as far as styling in latin, which is something we haven’t done a lot of focus on in the past. I am told to expect more in the future though, so I am curious to see how that comes together.
I find the videos helpful because it gives me a bit of a grounding and basis for what I am trying to execute in my own dancing. It’s not to say that I am looking to copy, but there are some fundamental things that apply a bit universally, and it is a good starting point. It helps bring it all together for me and gets my mind processing.
Practice tonight was good, but a little frustrating–not because of the dancing but because of my music. I switched computers about two weeks ago and had to develop a new itunes playlist for practice. Tonight was the first time I was using it for exercises and I discovered I forgot to add a cha cha for my lock steps, and the waltz is the wrong one (has a long beginning, which doesn’t work for 1:30 intervals). Easy to fix, but frustrating tonight as I kept clicking through songs trying to find the cha cha I was sure should be there.
As far as the exercises, with the changes from the lesson they are all a bit of a mess right now, but at the same time some of them feel a little more solid. As the changes are completely new, I don’t expect them to really have things fall apart until Monday’s practice, but that is all part of how it works. About 2 weeks of things changing before they settle into something consistent I can build on.
Last night’s latin class was a real challenge. About 4 pm yesterday I was hit with a wave of exhaustion to the point I thought I would have to cancel my lesson as I suddenly felt weak all over. I rested some after work and that recovered me a little, but once I got to my lesson the feeling of weakness stayed–my arms felt like lead when I lifted them for standard and my legs refused to move when I wanted them to in latin. I had to stop and rest some in the class and I was feeling really nauseous the entire time.
It was probably a sign from my body that it needed a break, but I did let myself take it easy during the class and rest when things started to fail me. I did manage to do the entire class in my 2.5 inch practice shoes, which was enough of a challenge in itself. The change in height of course affected my balance and posture and I couldn’t quite ‘settle’ into everything I was doing. I take that as a sign that I need to start working more in the higher shoes to build the right strength.
Despite the strange weakness last night, I felt better tonight although the nausea seems determined to hang around. I am not quite sure why all of a sudden it’s such an issue, but my guess is the usual suspect–hormone fluctuations.
A lot of stuff going round in my head, but at least on the dance front it seems to be positive. We did the tango and foxtrot sequences in my lesson yesterday and while I am not quite ready to write them out on my own, at least part of them seem to be sticking. The rumba is the most consistent for me, and other than small hiccups here and there the only step I consistently blank on is the reverse top. I could be just blocking it out though 🙂 Its a challenging step I don’t quite understand yet.
Next week looks to be less busy at work, so I am hoping that will help overall. I figure from this point, my body will do either one of two things–it will adapt to the activity level I have built up to, and my energy will increase, or I will just become exhausted and my system will crash again.
Hoping for the first one.