I loved it tonight, it was one of my favourite session because… it clicked for me!
I was on my last day off, for lunch it was sushi, then I got a pair of trainers for just £15 (bargain!), I applied the sealant on the window to finish off the job and I even caught a nice nap prior Tango. I was ITCHING to get back after missing last week, I actually missed it.
We worked on a NEW combo! A simplified Sandwich or ‘El Sanguchito’, with weight distribution – but I’m used to Tap so it came naturally. I enjoyed the fluidity of the move and it does make it easier by thinking less about it, I was fine with the footwork, my body technique and expression have to be looked at.
After the initial group warm-up, El Sanguchito was all we worked on for the duration of the class. An entire hour practising. I wore my smart brown shoes, glad I did because it made my turning so much easier and I made the effort to look smart too. I felt better with a shirt, I shall endeavour to dress smartly again for next week!
I danced well with all my partners tonight (except one… will come to that!*), I started with the lady with the curly black hair, we started slow but eventually grasped our rhythm – I like dancing with her because we both work hard to improve each other, we’re equally adaptable. I followed with the tall thin lady (only danced with her once?), we did alright when I started counting, it was for us to get the footwork – although technically I was cheating, I wasn’t leading her… I figured she wanted to get her footwork right more than I wanted to lead. I ought to cut that out really… no COUNTING NEXT TIME! We did ok, lovely girl.
Next I danced with G and we started slow but again, caught the rhythm because she’s done the sandwich before, we’re still dancing very close together… it’s uniquely us! I thought sometimes she felt like jelly, she felt flimsy in my hold – I need to pay attention to my frame next time… is it me, am I not doing enough to hold her? Then, the beautiful Asian girl (urgh NAME!), we get on well, she’s a good laugh. We went into the sandwich and came out… gloriously! We were so smooth together we repeated the combo until they told us to stop, she said it was a dance (second partner to pay the same compliment!), and gave a little hop on our success. We high-fived! This had to be our best dance to date, it was our moment!
I danced with my first partner again, this time we tackled the sandwich really well, we were cruising once we silently agreed on a rhythm, she gave my hand a squeeze on the thank yous. It’s been a good evening of dancing – regretfully I didn’t get to dance with the girl from Istanbul (?), she was in her partner’s grip all night, sometimes they try out others but tonight they were inseparable. Shame, I’d like to have another dance with her because she was memorable!
The last lady…
*Ah. This was the same tall one who kept squeezing my shoulders on our first session. We started ok… then she said we were in the wrong direction. Out of politeness I worked on getting us back in the right direction, it was odd because I danced with four partners beforehand who didn’t mention anything. In hindsight I should have realised, we simply repeated the sandwich – that would have turned us back in the right direction. Instead, we ended up doing a sandwich, then shuffling to face front, and doing the sandwich again. Now that I picture what we did – it must have looked DAFT, all we had to do was repeat the same move – front > sandwich > backwards > sandwich > front, so simple! Why didn’t I just tell her to follow me?! I was doing it right up until then.
We paused at one point, I was waiting for her move before I could slide my foot in… she said, I should lead, I… am not sure what I could have done because I already did my left step, I needed her other foot to proceed with my right. I’m racking my brain now as to what I could have done differently?! Should I have twisted my shoulders to imply her to twist? Maybe that’s all it was. I thought we were focussing on her steps, but as it turned out – she wanted to be lead. Saying that, I did put the effort in and… in my humble opinion, at this stage we BOTH have to work together, it felt like I was expected to do most of it. I had to work with all my partners to find a rhythm, we shouldn’t be pausing because my shoulder wasn’t clear enough – I’m still learning too, she knew her next step – if she took it, we would have carried on.
I’d like to dance well with everyone, so she’ll be my next partner to work on, I will get every one of my partners right.
I want to improve not just so I can dance with my partner, I want to improve so they want to dance with me!