Looked forward to tonight, was surprised at the turnout – the class was pretty packed. Ailsa announced a new schedule for every lesson, I heard the mention of mini-routines. Loads of familiar faces turned up as well as a new face, it was pretty cool! H came tonight as she’s not able to make Wednesday, oh no!
We began a new warm-up, followed by a quick rhythm game with paddles – in a line! Unusual we did that before the across-the-room. Me, J and T were messing around with Toe pullbacks before the lesson, so Ailsa incorporated that! We did some other steps that I was familiar with – no new combos. Soon, we started our routine to ‘Good Morning’ from Singin’ In The Rain, it’s such an enjoyable upbeat tune – wish our steps were equally pleasant.
It was and it wasn’t, it was devilish in terms of the technical effort because the combos weren’t mirrored – I mean we didn’t do a left and then right, it was a continuous set of moves. The middle had us all stumped, probably just the SPEEED. I did joke that at one point, Ailsa’s flurry of movements were done in just five steps from us… that’s how fast she was and we were desperate to catch up. It’s manageable in my opinion, for many of us – which is a far cry from even half a year ago. This is progress right? It would have been daunting at the beginning of the year but now, we’re confidently taking it on.
It’s been an ongoing process to make Monday Tap more interesting, Ailsa is doing a great job in making it even better!
I was again late for warm up, only a tiny bit. Kate was her usual self and we went through the hour in her typical high-tempo fashion. I forgot where to turn a few times… what did I say the other week? Push it… I didn’t do enough tonight, I think I’m prone to following others in their steps when instead I should listen to the music and dance to the routine alone. It’s a bad habit I need to discontinue.
The routine was from last week and I knew it all, except when it came to dancing it. Sporadically I blank out… and I don’t know why, was I watching others again or just not concentrating hard enough? I enjoyed the hour with K – she’s back after a week off ill. She’s good with Jazz anyway and picked up the routine with ease… I really could have done better, it’s as simple as learning to execute the steps properly…
I made my first Jazz practise sheet! But have a busy weekend ahead, got a birthday party to get to, then Tap Rhythm Project… already? Wow… I need to get my rhythm down!
I guess… plough on!
Oh, I mean Jazz on…