We had a special guest, a Jordan Cunningham with an exemplary dancing background (school and theatre), I can’t remember what they were but it mattered little because he was good! Albeit slightly too speedy for my poor soul.
I played catch-up for the duration of an hour and half, and regretfully I didn’t actually feel that tired – I’m sure I missed a LOT of steps trying to keep up, I can’t even remember the sequence now. They were simple steps but sped up and smashed together into an array of blurry feet. I did my best to keep up and wring it even because I personally didn’t feel I had enough time to digest the steps, that’s just me though, others did better. Slow on the uptake me!
We had to individually do parallel toe pickups – I struggled! He made it look so easy. something new for me to chomp on!
I didn’t memorise his steps that well, not in the best frame of mind to start this evening anyway (see below). His routine was from 42nd Street, there was so much to remember in such a small space of time, he probably expected us to be Advanced. I remember towards the end, he selected three girls to do the routine alone – two have dancing background (don’t know about the third), the rest of us huffed and puffed along. Me especially. I felt disappointed being unable to follow – what is actually quite a fun looking routine. I hold my hands up – yes, it was out of my league at a higher tempo than what I’m used to.
My legs couldn’t work fast enough to keep up and my brain wasn’t working fast enough to input. It was all very top level and I struggled my arse off. I didn’t really ask for help because I would have had to ask for every single part! It started to creep in towards the end, but for most of it – I just kept my body moving with little tapping in-between, hence I wasn’t particularly tired!
As a challenge, I enjoyed it and I’m glad I gave it a go, I have an idea of where I want to be next – just need to keep climbing, keep grafting!
At the end, I thanked him and he asked if I just moved up from Beginner’s? LOL, was I that bad?! Well, no I responded… but I did start from scratch two and a half years ago, I don’t really know how to measure my progress… I wish I tapped every day but it’s more like a weekly basis. Is there any way I can fast track myself? Suppose just keep doing it – everyday! I was out of my depth tonight and it showed…
Change of plans
SW hurt her foot during the routine, it was quite bad, Karen found a doctor and apparently it’s a sprain, I hope nothing is broken, fingers crossed. Me and JH waited with her until she got picked up. Out of sheer coincidence, Andi passed by after Jazz on the way to meet KD. Not seen him for months, after SW got in the car, I ended up in Joshua Brooks to catch up. Each of us really opened up for some reason, it became like a psychological release – I did comment on the Freudian seatings – they were padded in dark crimson leather, like shrink seats. I felt so much better coming out of there… I got so much off my chest, about life in general and everything else! I hope they felt equally better too. I left early at 10pm cos I was starving and shattered… a most unusual detour of my evening.
Director’s niff naff…
My mind wasn’t entirely focussed on tap because, for some reason or the other I decided to challenge another Director. I’m seriously confused by her dual role which, with no other way of saying it, is a conflict of interest. That challenge came indirectly from another situation. To cut a long story short, I think I’m doing the right thing by breaking that long-standing circle of distrust, formality is a necessity, I don’t doubt that but gestures are equally important too. I believe the current crisis is the result of our distance – nay, I say ours but I meant the people before us. It’s obvious that this arrangement isn’t working out, I believe a different approach is required to diffuse this situation. An olive branch is my way.
Sigh, it does bother me, on one hand I understand my role in protecting the investment, on the other hand, I hate the lack of empathy. It’s so needlessly complicated, I hate it.