The Best Laid Schemes O’ Mice An’ Men…

Schemes1So, it is with great sadness (and a bit of relief) that I report that my outfit that was ordered for the rhythm dances, with its built-in underwear and everything, will not be here in time for the competition. Even after offering to pay extra to have it expedited, it’s just not going to happen. So, now there is the rush to figure out a plan B. Based on what was suggested that I wear, I believe I can get away with wearing just a black dress shirt and slacks. This is a mostly informal competition, attended by only members of the Dance Kingdom. When neighboring kingdoms are not invited, I feel like there is a lot more leeway in the rules of competition. Should we decide to do a later competition, like the one in September that people have spoken about, I don’t think I could get away with that. But for now, I feel pretty good about the wiggle room I have.

Note: I have yet to run any of this by Sir Steven, so I could be completely wrong. He could give me that disapproving look, letting me know that my ideas are totally off-base. Sigh… I will be checking with him sometime this week, when I feel brave enough.

This means that the outfits are ready, for both me and my dance partner. She still is waiting on the arrival of at least one accessory, but I think we are prepared on that front. We have all the routines memorized, now we just need to perfect them. The competition is two weeks from Saturday. Will we feel prepared? Or will all our preparation work not really ready us for what’s to come?

We did finally get the video from the showcase we did back in February. I made my dance partner watch it with me. What I learned from it, after evaluating our performance: 1. We danced very tight and clean, but did not have the same kind of oversized movements that the other performers dancing with their instructors had. I’m going to chalk that up to nerves and inexperience. 2. We do look like we were having fun at least, which is really the whole point of doing this as a hobby. So… yay for that. 3. I made that lift, where I pick Schemes2my dance partner up and swing her around, look effortless. Either that’s all adrenaline, or that’s a testament to all the time I spend working out. Either way, I pat myself on the back for that. Go me!

Aside from our performance, watching some of the other routines is interesting. It’s kind of amazing to see how much more we understand and recognize even just two months later (and it really was just two months ago today that we performed). For instance, we sat and watched Lord Bradley and one of his students performing in a Bolero routine. Before, when I saw that live, I honestly had no idea what the Bolero was, having never seen it before. Now, I recognize it, and even know some of the figures they used. It is one of the things we are working on for this upcoming competition.

Otherwise, it’s been a quiet week. We started Quickstep class for the month of April. That should be fun. It reminds me in many ways of the Viennese Waltz class a few months ago. If it continues to be this fun, maybe I’ll have to have a serious talk with my partner about including International Standard style along with our American Rhythm style we focus on.

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