Monday, July 21, 2014
Yes, the dance world has a new elf!
My dance teacher asked if she could use one of the line dances that I had put
together for the ensemble finale of her studio's Christmas program!
She asked me to teach it to her students and then perform it with them.
I have taught the dance many times before and it will be a fun one to teach and
to do. It's fairly easy and yet showy, with a lot of direction changes. It's the dance that I created for "Blurred Lines", but we are going to do it to "Mulled Wines"...
same melody and beat with different words for the holiday.
Teaching will give me a chance to get to know her dancers. We start working on it next month.
Yes, we will be wearing elf costumes during the performance! Isn't that fun and exciting?
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I am gradually getting a sense of breaking free from feeling stuck in my dance progress and in my food & movement plan.
I would say that the main thing that occurred was that I became quite humble and acknowledged that some of the things I was doing weren't correct or weren't working. I became more teachable....a better student. I had been reverting back to what I was comfortable with and did not want to do the hard work to change bad habits and learn something new. When I stopped being close-minded, I could open my eyes to a new way of doing things. Let me be specific.
With regard to my dance: My teacher has praised my posture, arms, and hip movements, artistry, and musicality. While my footwork/leg movement is acceptable, it needs the most work. It is not the same level as the rest of my dancing. I had been unaware of this and the video taping as well as my teacher's comments made me aware of that. After my initial overreaction to seeing myself on videotape, I settled down to make a realistic assessment of my dancing based on this new information.
Dance Action Plan:
I am working on a targeted, selective training program. For now, I'm only going to focus on my improving my weak areas: balance, leg movement, & footwork. I'm going to read step sheets, professional articles, and watch youtube to keep up informed, motivated, and inspired.
This should be good activities for rest periods.
With regard to my food & movement plan: I was trying to eat too little and move too much.
Doing extensive yard work, training to power walk a 5k, and dance training, & weight training on a low-carb, calorie restricted diet was just too much for me. (As a side note, unfortunately, I was comparing myself to some of my friends that seem to manage quite a bit of activity in their lives. If I can't be that active, then so be it. We are all different. I have to construct my activity plan based on what I can handle. Maybe it's because I have low thyroid and they don't, who knows. Maybe they are exaggerating all that they do. Ya never know.) I have obtained some new information about this from another website....leighpeele.com.....which really made me rethink what I had been doing.
Food/Movement Action Plan....I am going to follow the food plan of being in a 300-500 calorie deficit for 5 days a week (probably M-F) and maintenance for 2 days per week (probably Sat & Sun) . I will track daily and weigh myself daily for now as a tool just to be aware of how the scale fluctuates. As far as activity, I am going to work on controlling myself so I do not wear myself out. I will do the 5k that I paid for on August 4th and then none after that. I will limit my yard work to one hour at a time and not do it during very hot periods of the day. (Unfortunately I had been comparing myself to my husband who is obsessed with the yard and is quite the workhorse in all types of weather. I didn't want to be considered a slacker. Guess he & I will just have to agree to disagree about how picture perfect the yard has to be. Are we seeing a pattern here about me comparing myself to others??? Ooops, I think so!)
I will avoid using any one body part for extended periods of time to avoid stressing it too much. I will try brainstorm & experiment for ways to train that are not burdensome to me (stretching? yoga? pilates? belly dance? breathing exercises?). I will do controlled weight training 1X week for upper body and to strengthen weaker areas. I'm not going to worry about getting specific cardio training in with power walking or Leslie Sansone DVD's. I will practice line dance as needed within my comfort level and that will have to suffice as cardio.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
For my own record....WARNING....might not be interesting to others.
Got the contacts and they're not working. My eyes are too dry for them to center and centering is crucial when you have a lot of correction for astigmatism. The contacts make my vision about as blurry as it is normally, only in a different way. So much for being just another pretty face (haha). I am seriously thinking about getting more interesting glasses and expressing my personality through my clothing. Maybe this is my time to be interesting, unique, fun, quirky, and whimsical. Yes, I am seriously thinking about having more fun.
Had a very beneficial e-mail conversation with my dance teacher. We are going to work on what we agree are my areas "needing improvement": footwork, body isolation moves,
stage presence (although we agree that being freaked out by videotaping adversely affected my stage presence).
This whole dance thing is exhausting me physically, mentally, and emotionally.
I am asking myself why. If I am doing it for the exercise.....there are easier ways....much easier ways. I have exercise from yard work built into my daily activities. I can be more active and accomplish things....like cleaning and doing projects. I can do mindless things like Leslie Sansone DVD's, power walk 5k and lift weights. I can enjoy line dancing in the garage with my friends in the garage even if my footwork is not perfect and we have a great time.
I do have low thyroid and am on medication for this. I seem to be stressing myself too much with all my dance drama. If I am doing the dance because I feel a need for artistic expression, I could paint or something instead. I really need to think this through because it is sapping too much out of me.
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I am going to try walking around my house on my tip-toes to increase balance and calf strength.
This seems to be the weak point in my dancing and if I walk around my house like this in the course of my day, it won't take any additional exercise time! The idea came to me, and then I googled it to see if anyone else suggested this.
I came up with an article! Note : the article does remind reader to stretch calves, if you try this!
Here's a link with more info:
I can also do calf raises while I wash the dishes and brush my teeth!
Which leads me to another multi-tasking tip....while working out in my yard, I can meditate AND wear teeth-whitening strips! ( Hey....and also have something cooking in the crockpot?)
Sunday, July 06, 2014
In my relaxing time, I'm going through my exercise DVD's, youtube, and dance blogs/websites for inspiration.
Friday I did the DVD, "Balletone", and weight trained (plus yardwork.....my "meditation & awareness time")
Yesterday I did the DVD, "Ballet Conditioning", & stretched (plus washed my car..."my meditation
& awareness time")
I watched a youtube video about a day in the life of a ballerina. Even if I had the genetics and was 50 years younger, I wouldn't want to be one! Having said that..... I think there is a lot to gain from doing ballet barre exercises at least once a week, maybe more often!
Today I might try to choreograph a lyrical line dance. I have only seen one of these.
I was inspired by some youtube "praise dances." I think a lyrical line dance would be a good warm-up for the regular line dance classes that I plan to teach in the fall. I have to go to town today. During my car time, AKA "music awareness time", I'm going to listen to some of my CD's for slower music that I normally pass by because it's not suitable for regular line dances. There might be something that inspires me for something lyrical.
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