I finally worked up the nerve to record my dancing. My most frequent vals partner and I decided it was time to see how we were doing. If you haven't done this, I do highly recommend it. But be prepared for a certain amount of cringing and wincing. As I watched the recording, this is roughly what was going through my mind:
"omg I didn't collect my ankles.
geez, I'm still not collecting . . .
my ochos are crap . . .
I need to pull in my tummy ...
my toes aren't turned out, I look pigeon-toed!...
I nearly watched the last half of the video through my fingers.
And then I relaxed. Took a deep breath.
I looked for the things I was doing right.
I've stopped hesitating before walking forward and outside of my partner.
I'm not shifting weight without my partner, anymore - or occasionally sharing weight on both feet.
Little things, but I am making progress.
The best part though, was watching my partner. I never get to see what he's doing when we dance. I can sort of imagine how he looks when he leads what he does - and of course I can watch him dance with other followers and get an idea of his dance from that too. But actually putting together what I feel being led with how it actually looks when it all comes together, that's really something.
Since I don't have permission from my tango partner to share the video, I won't be posting it anywhere. But I'm fairly confident there will be more. In the mean time, I'll be working on my ochos in my kitchen.
I used to do this a lot in the beginning. It is a good exercise in "Reality checking" yourself. It will give you clues on where, and how to improve.
However, this will only go so far. There will come a time when you will have learned what you need. When that time comes, you need to strike a balance and let go---> http://ampstertango.blogspot.com/2009/07/let-go-and-let-it-happen.html
i have many hours of my dancing competitions recorded on VHS and I have to say that I have never use them for improving my technique or dancing style. Looking the pictures I always just repeted Oh-Jesus-That-s-Horrible mantra, even if I won.
Some of my (girl)friends cried seeing themselves for the first time on screen.
You know, Mari, do you want to see a DISASTER? Just mute the sound and look it againg.......
Ampster and Triman - thank you for your comments. I can definitely see the points that both of you make. Striking a balance seems to always be the key, doesn't it?
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