And so it begins.
In all honesty, I have been secretly hoping that somehow I could just work through standard without having to actually figure out sway.
The problem is actually not with sway itself, I do do it, but it is more with the way to which is it referred in dance — namely ‘left’ and ‘right’.
I am really directionally challenged. Even natural and reverse turns I can’t really associate with the directions they turn. I know one goes one way, and the other goes the other way. One starts with one foot going back and the other starts with the other foot.
It’s just not how my mind works to think of turns. It’s one of the reasons I have so much trouble leaning visually. I can’t seem to translate what I see to what I need to do. Looking in the mirror is even worse.
So today in my lesson we were going through one of the exercises I am doing for standard which we call a continuous hover cross (no idea what others call it). I have been able to work through the footwork and rotations, so today Boss asked me to start adding in the sway.
And so the trouble started.
He showed me what sway I need and where it changes telling me it starts with right sway then changes to left (or vice versa, already can’t remember). What sticks with me is that it starts with my left side up (meaning the elbow I am looking at in closed position), followed by a switch.
I am not quite sure that is what Boss meant. There is some sort of rotation needed for sway, apparently from my knees, but I also know my top line tilts one way or the other. The change of the top line is what I can easily understand and see.
Boss could see my confusion and I couldn’t really explain to him while working through that step what I need to understand and make it work so I can focus on it.
But perhaps I need just some basics to get my mind working to figure out how I can refer to the sway positions that I can then relate to my body position.
The other problem is that I am not even sure how many sway positions there are. Somehow I think there are more than 2.
Somehow, I am going to need to sort this out.