I must admit, I didn’t have all that much to write about swing dancing during the last half of the class.
Part of this is because I missed weeks 4 and 5 due to illness and prior commitments (like Ignite Boulder 3!). But during the last class, on week 6, I felt like I was able to retrieve a lot of my rhythm and movements even though I hadn’t used them in a few weeks. I’m hoping it’s a sign of progress; when I got back to classes in the first place, I just couldn’t remember most of what I learned in high school.
The most beneficial things I learned in my six weeks of refresher’s classes were probably (finally) the Charleston, some better tricks when dancing Lindy Hop, a more refined triple step, and how not to elbow/get elbowed in the face (um, yeah, happened once or twice…). It was easier to get out there and I don’t see myself needing the whole night to figure out things I should already know (once I get myself out to dance some night). My dance partner Nathan is really set on making our nights out a regular thing, and I am going to try my best to do that.
We still had pretty good turnout for week 3. I’ve made a new friend, Nathan, who also goes to events sponsored by CU International. We’ve decided that we make a pretty good team and hopefully we won’t have to switch partners too much next week.
We worked on the Charleston some more, at which I’m becoming quite good. I’ll practice whenever possible, even in line at the grocery store.
I’m really looking forward to dancing more advanced lindy hop. We’ve been working on a triple step. It’s a bit difficult to get that triple step in sometimes, but we found a trick: if the lead uses his hips and weight a bit more to force the follow to make a quick move, then a triple step results, and in a beat more akin to, oh, a pick-up note at the beginning of a measure (as opposed to being choppy and too deliberate).
I think one of the most difficult things I’ve found is that it’s tough to keep a good posture throughout an entire session. No wonder dancers have good posture — it’s something they need to learn to do without thinking about it.
I’m actually going to be doing a lot more reading, research, and practice to be able to better blog (and understand) swing dancing. You might be surprised just how many resources there are on the ‘net for swing dancing!
(to be continued…)
This week saw a small drop in numbers, but we did gain a few people, and there are a good dozen of us who seem genuinely committed. I hope we all show up weekly. My new friend Nathan is probably my favorite person to dance with in class — we click pretty well.
I’m doing really well working on the Charleston, though it isn’t perfect. I can’t wait to be able to dance the Charleston in tandem (it just looks so cool!). I’m struggling with knowing just how to read the turns. I am confident it’ll get better with more practice.
We received a list of all the places to go swing dancing every single night of the week. Maybe I’ll have to dedicate another night in my busy week to some more social dancing. If not every week, then at least once in a while!
I went to my first swing dancing class tonight. I got there just in time, and was very surprised to find that the class was 75% male! The instructors were quite surprised. They said that it was typically female-dominated.
We started out with learning the Charleston. I had never learned that. It’s still taking me some time, but I think I’ll get it. I did much better with East Coast, or the Jitterbug, but I had learned that before and it’s rather easy. The East Coast a six-step, whereas the Charleston is an eight-step. I found myself counting out loud as I do these steps, especially if my partner wasn’t leading well. We’re all really eager to work together and do well, though, and that’s the best part; I’m anticipating that my dance partners will improve quite a bit, just as I hope I will.
It was really cool to see the instructors as they showed us some of their best moves. I’d like to become advanced in swing dancing, and this may just be a start, but I can see my poorly-coordinated self learning how to become better-coordinated.
One of the best parts is, after instruction, that we get more (optional) practice at a dance floor on the other end of campus. I didn’t attend tonight, but I think it’ll be a common feature of my Wednesday nights.
Furthermore, I think I will be blogging a lot about it because I want to keep good track of how I’m doing. It provides a way to reflect and self-evaluate. Maybe I’ll even have pictures sometime!