Anvilcloud was asking a few weeks ago about my progress with Latin dancing. First, some history. A number of months ago, Sarah and I went to a Latin dance club. I decided the thing to do was to take in the one-hour dance lesson which precedes the evening's open dancing. I remember thinking to myself "This won't be that hard... I mean, how tough can it be, really?" Forgetting, of course, that I'm a Turtle and we turtles accomplish things VERY SLOWLY. My date, on the other hand has been a competition-level dancer for years. Thankfully, the teacher in her came out that evening and helped me through some of the rough parts.
A little later on, after having visited the Latin club a few times - terrified to step foot on the floor amongst such accomplished dancers as frequent the establishment - I decided to take lessons. I signed up for an 8-week session at a school I ASSUMED was credible. Four weeks in I was extremely frustrated. I wasn't getting it. I consulted a couple people to discover that I had in fact chosen the worst school going - all about perception, prestige, marketing, money and flare.
Frustration set in and I felt almost guilty for not having consulted someone who was so obviously in the know.
I was upset. And it wasn't about the money. I was being taught something wrong. Maybe not "wrong", but extremely simplified to the point that what was confusing me about the Salsa step was the syncopation between steps 4 and 5 and 8 and 1. I was HEARING it, but wasn't told what to DO with it.
I then set about signing up at a real school. By this time, however, the Spring classes were full. Now... I'm holding out to the Fall. Hopefully this is just a brief pause in the action.
More later as it develops.