partnerdanceonline.com
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
April 23, 2014, 12:59:49 PM

Login with username, password and session length
Search:     Advanced search
A lot of people are visiting Smiley Smiley
Undecided Undecided but not many are posting....
please say hi Cheesy
116187 Posts in 1853 Topics by 221 Members
Latest Member: cleverpete
* Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
+  partnerdanceonline.com
|-+  Partner Dancing
| |-+  Partner Dances
| | |-+  General partner dance issues (Moderators: Rugby, cornutt)
| | | |-+  Returning after a break from dancing
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. « previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Author Topic: Returning after a break from dancing  (Read 158 times)
elisedance
Administrator
Blackpool Finalist
*****
Posts: 34896


ee


« on: November 30, 2013, 07:03:04 PM »

I used to be scared of taking a break for fear that it would set me back so far that I would be disillusioned and unable to start again.  I guess this can happen but I wonder how long it takes?

Today I had my first dance lesson - indeed, my first dance, for 6 months and to my utter amazement it felt as if nothing was lost.  to be honest I felt as if I was dancing better than before because I did not have to think about it.  Its well established that learned behaviours somehow become integrated with a period of rest - but we are usually talking about overnight.  Perhaps this can occur on a much larger scale (meaning more learning) with a longer gap?  Or maybe you just forget the inhibitory behaviours that were preventing you from integration.

I've no idea.  On the other hand, I also changed partners  so maybe that was a big factor - being more open minded to a new approach.  Whatever, I wish to report that not only can a break be recovered from, one might even benefit from it!
Logged

If you must leave the house, go build a home...

The limit of your love is also the limit of your art...
Rugby
Moderator
Gold
****
Posts: 3534



« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 04:01:54 PM »

So good to have you back.  Are you doing Pro / Am or, fingers crossed is there a new partner on your arm, dance one I mean.

I know how you feel about the rest.  I remember when we were in Silver and had one more comp to win out.  Anne Harding asked, since the Latin was going to be cancelled due to only my partner and I showing up (normally there was about 8 of us but for some reason they all bailed at the last minute, if we wanted to try Gold.  We thought WTH but as we were on deck and the last dance of the previous group was going on my DP turned to me and said he never thought about it but we have to dance the Foxtrot.  It never even dawned on us at the time and we had not dance a Foxtrot, even for fun, in about two years.  Well, my DP said he kind of remembered our Bronze Foxtrot and since our Foxtrot was not our best dance we didn't hope for much.  Surprise, surprise, it was the best Foxtrot we ever did and we came fourth out of 10 couples and we beat most of them in the Foxtrot.  I guess staying away from it we forgot about all the problems we dwelled on and the worries and so were able to dance much more freely.  My DP even remembered the routine and as Elise can attest there really must have been a blue moon that evening.  We won the Silver so we won out so Gold it was from that point forward.     
Logged

You have to fight through a lot of crap before you find your way up out of the toilet. Sometimes I think I have a good hold on the rim then I slip back in.  Each time I don't sink quite as deep though. - Rugby
elisedance
Administrator
Blackpool Finalist
*****
Posts: 34896


ee


« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 05:59:38 PM »

Great story R Smiley  See, you should have just stuck to the simple routines - the judges only see the whole thing if its uncontested anyway otherwise they see an occasional glimpse so its fine to just repeat the same 8 step sequence over and over Cheesy

I'm back with Anton - its not the fun of the amateur competition scene but its certainly the highest quality dancing I'll ever aspire to.  Each lesson is an eye opener as to what is possible and who could ask for a better lead...
Logged

If you must leave the house, go build a home...

The limit of your love is also the limit of your art...
Rugby
Moderator
Gold
****
Posts: 3534



« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2014, 02:54:47 AM »

Good fpr you.  Anton is a good height and has a lot of experience and is up to date.  I think you will have a great time with him.  Glad to have you back in the game.

 
Logged

You have to fight through a lot of crap before you find your way up out of the toilet. Sometimes I think I have a good hold on the rim then I slip back in.  Each time I don't sink quite as deep though. - Rugby
elisedance
Administrator
Blackpool Finalist
*****
Posts: 34896


ee


« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2014, 08:48:44 AM »

Good fpr you.  Anton is a good height and has a lot of experience and is up to date.  I think you will have a great time with him.  Glad to have you back in the game.

 
I've never learned so much and so deeply.  Practical dancing - as in practical that works.  The only problem of course is that Anton will soon be the only lead I can - or want to - dance with in our area.  But who cares, its not about competing really anymore (not that I won't) its really about learning a moving art...
 
Logged

If you must leave the house, go build a home...

The limit of your love is also the limit of your art...
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2008, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!