Ok, so I just came back from my lesson with the great San Diego Dancer – David Stein from Majesty In Motion. However, I received undelightful news. Basically it boils down that I may have some ok moves, but my timing is off when I perform those moves. So he said one of the girls I danced with at congress mentioned that my timing was off – and when he mentioned that, my heart stopped… because I became very worried if it might have been the female dancer that I liked. (So, now I'm worried I dissapointed her). Anyways, he basically proposed a challenge – 1 month, On2, no crazy patterns, just simple moves, on beat all the time. Of course this is also adding the body movement stuff I just finished re-learning for the 4th time. He says that if I follow this "On2 Diet", I should be good in no time flat.
So, since is also a type of blog, every week for 4 weeks, I will be giving you my progress on how
everything is going – with my trials and tribulations. I will take the month of September to get this done, so that I could be ready for the San Diego Salsa-Mambo Congress.
For those who want to follow at home – I've came up with a schedule that fits my situation that will practice timing and body movements.
|Week 1 Schedule|
|8:30am (before breakfast)||Do body isolation excercises for my shoulders. 15 rotations each shoulder (while maintaining hands inplace). really stretching.|
|9:30am (driving to work)||Doing shimmies in the car. Holding the steering wheel with both hands (at 11 and 2 o clock), and make sure I'm only moving the rib-cage to create the effect. Do this while listening to salsa (and paying attention to the 2 beat)|
|12pm lunch||Do more shoulder isolations in front of the mirror at the workplace bathroom. Another 15 rotations on each shoulder.|
|7pm||If no salsa class tonight… listen to salsa on my iPod while I dance On2 by myself. Do this for at least 2-3 songs. Maybe do more while doing other chores. Will also practice side-step with shoulder coordination. (Putting shoulder isolations to practice with basic step).|
||If dancing at a club, only dance on2. And if you dance, you must not do any complicated patterns. Stick to doing simple turns/crossbody leads/simple fundamental patterns – but make sure they are all done on the correct beat/number and on the on2 time.|
So, hopefully I will update this next Friday with a new schedule – but I will start this today (Aug 31st)! Let's see how it turns out.