Dancing is the poetry of the foot. ~John Dryden
Hello, friends. This isn’t about dance. It’s about poetry, but I do believe the two are related. What is poetry, if not a dance with words? I composed this yesterday to honor today: the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest teams in the world.
Photo by Georgia National Guard (flickr)
I admit that being a team player is a weakness of mine. I’m a very independent person that’s always preferred working alone. My reasoning is selfish: If I screw up, I can only blame myself. There’s also the mantra “If you want to get something done, you have to do it yourself.” Unsurprisingly, being a part of Kañanazo has been challenging. My desire to be a leader in the dance-o-sphere compounds it. Yet, practicing this routine given to us by bachata champions has given me a better idea of what it is to be a teammate.
As a member of the team I pledge…
*Sigh* It’s been over five months, and I’m writing today because I sure as heck don’t want to make it six. Truth be told, I’ve been lacking the motivation to write because I have a lot going on in my life right now. I’m still wrestling with all of it.
This will be a short update. Please forgive me.
photo by longislandwins (flickr)
Disclaimer: This is more a written therapy session than anything else. I don’t mind talking about my psyche, but it can be exhausting for readers. Please bear this in mind if you want to keep reading.
To finish my sentence, “Who knew looking sexy could be this hard?” Dancing Rumba and Bolero gave me an impression, but it really hit me yesterday. For those that may not know, I’ve joined a bachata team belonging to an independent company called Kañonazo. My chapter at Arthur Murray is ending after over five years, so I decided to give formation dancing another try. The fact that it’s an independent company is nice, too. Everybody is trying to plan outside events where we can chill and get to know one another. Karaoke came up as a suggestion recently. I’m totally up for that, but I digress.
I feel like they haven’t started properly yet, but life is no novel. These changes are a drizzle of rain, obscuring the vision of what I hoped to see. Before I know it, they become a torrent. Thunder pounds the ears as lightning illuminates the murky sky. “Why do I want to leave the studio? This has been the only dance-home I’ve known. (That rhyme was unintentional.) I can tough it out until it gets better, right?” My doubts have their say, but my more logical half interjects.
We’ve been over the reasons already. Though the torrent is disruptive and even painfully unpleasant, it will recede. It will return to the drizzle it was in the beginning before stopping entirely.
photo from Wikimedia Commons
One of the few certainties I had during my college search was the resolution to not attend a big university. I didn’t—and still don’t like— crowds. I already knew about dreaded auditorium classes. Those prerequisite classes that would make me one of hundreds of students. I’d disappear into the sea of people, and the chances that my professor would know me was would disappear, too.
I needed direct and accessible communication to my professors. My learning style thrives on feedback and constructive criticism. The prospect of a teacher saying “Who are you again?” as I walked into his or her office was inconceivable.
It’s hard to believe this blog is four years old. Happy Leap Day, everyone! So much has changed, and I hope to get everyone back in the loop. If you want to read my last Leap Day post, click here.
photo by Jannes Pockele (Flickr)
I hope everyone had a splendid holiday and New Year. As for me and my family, we just chilled, played games, and watched movies. It was an ideal way to spend my time off. Unfortunately, the good news ends there.
photo by snowpea&bokchoi (flickr)
Christmas is only a few days away. And the New Year is sure to follow. Obvious statements aside, 2016 is going to see major changes in my dancing.
I had two private lessons yesterday because I missed one during my first work week. Not that I was complaining, I got to dance with both Eddie and Olga. I don’t get to dance with the former often. Aside from co-owning the studio, he’s also an accredited ballroom judge, a coach, and the professional for his many competitive students. Not to mention he has a family of his own. He’s a hard man to pin down for those reasons, and I’m always grateful whenever I can have a lesson with him. This time, we finally got to Smooth.