Okay folks, I’m tired and there is so much to say about the last two days of Dance Camp and the New Year. I promise another, more detailed post will be forthcoming with multiple pictures, dance tips, and maybe even some video.
But there is one experience I am burning to share! It was just too cool and makes me giggle so here goes….
First off, here is a photo of me an my new instructor:
Do you honestly think I’d EVER want to dance with anyone other than Ivan. Exactly. You are right. Not gonna happen in this lifetime.
But over the last weekend, Radomir was one of the excellent instructors at the dance camp and I honestly really enjoyed his sessions. He is a technically excellent dancer, extremely disciplined and pristine in his movement, but he is also a pretty darn good teacher and communicator. He brought a gentle warmth and humor to his classes while at the same time explaining the mechanics of steps. In any case, he’s kind of a big deal and as an instructor and professional competitor, I, being a student, of course look up to him.
Well, in the East Coast Swing class he taught, he introduced this one twisting move. Imagine doing the actual “Twist” like from the song of the same name by the Beatles. The extreme twisting action of the upper half of the body and the lower half.
In any case, after he had showed us this move in a series of steps of choreography, he stopped the class and told us he wanted it not to be so prissy, but rather “down and really dirty.” I think he expounded upon this even more but I couldn’t hear what he said because we were all laughing with embarrassment so heartily. Once he realized how he had come across, he started laughing too, but still the intention behind the move was there. He did want us to get low and feel the sultry, earthy quality inherent in the movement.
Now here is where it get’s really interesting. He looked me right in the eye and said, “Let’s show them how it’s done!”
So he invited me to demonstrate to the class how to do this twist action “Down and Dirty” but first he explained the incorrect way of doing it…He began to panomime the same actions in a very repressed, shall I say “English-stiff-upper-lip” fashion and invited me to play along. I did and we performed the step stiffly and unemotively. He likened it to one of those middle-class gentry English dances done in the countryside at the turn of the century. We raised our hands and circled one another as if we were doing a courtship dance in the movie “A Knight’s Tale.”
But then we went for it! We twisted and we got low and we shook our katukus’ (katukasi???) Well, we shook our behinds like no kidding and it was awesome and he even gave me a high five when we finished.
You know, I think for me this was the best moment in the camp. It was just so cool to get to go to “the head of the class” with a professional like Rado and totally rock it. I danced with him a few other times for brief moments in other classes and always screwed up at least a little bit. But still, this kind of made up for it. It may sound silly, for me it meant that I had the ability to excute this move, so much so, that even being the biggest girl in the class, I was the one to demonstrate it to others. I felt acknowledged and I also got to share my enjoyment of doing that particular move.
In any case, that’s my short story! I want to say Happy New Year and that I’m looking forward to what 2013 will bring. I’m grateful to still be dancing and blogging. I wish you all the very best during our next orbit around the sun and I just wanted to share this little tidbit even if I don’t have the energy and patience just now to fill you in on all the other cool things that happened at Dance camp over the last two days.