Friday, September 27, 2013

A Carrot Worth Chasing


Last Saturday night was the First Coast Dancing With the Stars event, and it went really well.  I am so proud of Karl for doing such a great job in his first-ever dance anything, and I hope I get the opportunity to work with him in the future, but in a more relaxed, less choreography-driven manner.  I'd love to guide him through the experience of learning social dancing, in which the "stakes" are typically way less stressful, for a newbie especially, than a choreographed routine and solo performance.

In the meantime, it's never a dull moment...this time next week we'll be at the First Coast Classic dance competition.  "We" is yours truly and my student Theo, pictured above at the same comp last year.  The last few months we've been really focusing on his American Smooth and International Standard dances.  Working on our posture translates into mantras of "head, left, stretch, focus, taller...OK, more taller...good, now a little taller, please...".  Improving our quality of movement comes with a chant that goes something like "arches, femur, core, chest, wait...my turn...".  Breaking them down piece by piece, trying to put them all together. 

Sound crazy?  Why do it?  Because we live for those moments when it all does come together (we wish we knew exactly how we did it).  We recognize those moments because in them, we're aware that we're working. our. butts. off.  Yet somehow the movement as a whole seems easier, lighter, more fluid.  Effortless despite the tremendous effort.  Everything else is an attempt to capture that same feeling again and again. 

Fortunately, it's a carrot we both quite enjoy chasing.  I hope everyone out there has a carrot like that.

 

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