Funny how time flies.
Tonight’s adventure at the Dance Studio is a special Spotlights Party. Most of the students taking lessons will be doing one-minute solos and surprisingly, we’ve got quite a number of people participating — 24 numbers, broken into two acts.
I actually let myself be talked into doing a Viennese Waltz, but I rationalized it would serve two purposes: a) re-acquaint myself with the basic Silver syllabus figures (you do forget things after a 2-year hiatus), and b) it will give me a chance to practice my performance personna.
I think I mentioned that the Icon and I will be doing Closed smooth at the Constitution State Challenge in 2 weeks, and although I was being exceptionally cranky on the last few lessons because I felt not doing my open work was akin to have my wings clipped, the truth is that the open work — with some minor alterations — has been artfully re-distributed. It has helped that there is nothing too crazy outrageous in the open routines that would have caused us to leave the material out all together.
But I’m not going to lie — getting back to the basics has been one of the hardest challenges I’ve had to address. Alignments, shaping, frame, body contact, feeling the Icon’s lead (as opposed to me flying off and around the floor on my own agenda), precise timing, actually dancing as a couple… ay yi yi ….
The last few weeks have been nothing but mind-numbing review of technique and incessant drilling. I recognize the need for regular and consistent practice (remember the old vaudeville joke about “how do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.”)
Plus (and I DO NOT BELIEVE I’m actually saying this), I desperately miss dancing rhythm. I wish I was in a position where I could fully indulge myself doing both styles in both single and scholarship events at whatever competitions I wanted to. But sadly, this is one of those times when real life gets in the way of my fantasy life, and I need to remind myself that at least with a little judicious planning and lots of sacrifice I am keeping a foot on the floor, so to speak.
If I ever get the nerve, I’m going to move to the upgrade WordPress offers so that I can post a video or two … if nothing else, that should provide a few moments of levity … but for now, you’re all just going to have to put up with my written lamentations. Hehehehehehe.
See you again soon. And remember … Saturday is the 1st day of Fall. Which means (in case you’ve missed all the hints scattered around in the guise of Pumpkin Spice Flavored Everything), that my favorite holiday is only 38 days away. Yes people, HALLOWEEN IS COMING. So start warming up the cauldrons, brush off the brooms and like the Addams Family, get out there and play Wake the Dead. It’ll be here before you know it.