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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Dance Partners of Doooooom

Just finished my second Blues class with Richard Powers. I do so dearly love his teaching style. It's casual and friendly and non-threatening. I've been taking his classes for four years or so now so a lot of what he's teaching is familiar or just one step off of something else I already know. Then the only hurdle is getting my brain wrapped around the tiny difference. We were doing a triple hesitation step tonight and I flubbed it a couple of times, stepping forward with the wrong foot, and my partner took it as his cue to start helping teach me. Young pup, didn't have the heart to tell him any instruction from him wouldn't help a lick, it's just my old lady brain having an argument with my legs, and durned if his inability to lead wasn't making it MUCH worse. I finally did give him a clue that his lead was inaccurate and misleading, sometime after he suggested to me that it was easy and I'll get it, just try this. When I finally made it back to the arms of my first partner, I did the step without thinking about it because Sam can lead.

Few things are more annoying in a dance class than those who think they know what they're doing (but really don't) trying to assist the teacher. I'm sure I was this sort of sophomore at some point, but after more than a dozen years of partnered dance, it just makes me want to say unkind things to the little whipper-snappers.

2 Comments:

  • uuug! That is my biggest peeve about dance classes!!! It happens all the time in Irish class. One lady in particular has made it her personal mission to try and teach everyone in the class the wrong way to do the steps. You wish you could just say, "Yes, I know I'm not picking up the step instantaneously, but perhaps you might like to focus more on your own inabilities with regard to form and timing." But somehow its not so easy when your fuming and trying very hard to focus on the teacher and ignore the toady.

    By Blogger wendy, at 10:06 AM  

  • Something you could try is to say, 'I'm sorry I need to focus on one person at a time. I can't listen to both you and the teacher'
    It's mostly the truth...

    By Blogger Chris S, at 12:27 PM  

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