Dealing with mistakes

Pia Walker

Message 19165 · 30 Oct 1999 14:41:44 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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This reminds me of a conversation I had with a Younger Hall Band many, many
years ago - you know in the good old days!!!!

We had noticed that the band was in stitches constantly and when asked
about it - they commented seeing row upon row of people standing across from
each other - tongues firmly stuck in their teeth, eyes bulging, with hands,
arms, head etc moving to get the "feel" of the dance. Just try and
visualize it - and you will see what I mean. Next time you are at a ball -
try and look down the rows - from the dance is called till the music start -
a truly awesome experience.

Pia

>I've noticed too that dances I talk through and then have to dance are
>harder to remember - I learn by movement and visually and picture the dance
>in my head and feel the movements in my head when someone else talks it but
>I seem unable to create visual pictures in my head and talk at the same
>time!
>Dianna
>Dianna L. Shipman
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>Dianna L. Shipman, P.C., Attorney at Law
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>Sent: Friday, October 29, 1999 9:57 PM
>Subject: Re: Dealing with mistakes
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>> OK, my most recent mistake occurred at a recent social dance where I
>> joined my partner in a set after having just briefed the dance. As seems
>> to be a not unheard of affliction, that meant I had just dumped my memory
>> right out through my mouth. It took about 6 bars of music to fully catch
>> up to my partner, who gracefully demonstrated through body language what
>> we, as a couple, were supposed to be doing.
>>
>> I react to verbal cues more quickly than physical (why do you want to
>> take my hand?), so I use them more. A reminder of the upcoming figure,
>> spoken softly to only my partner, has been received on many occasions
>> with a thank-you afterwards from an unsure partner. A confident guiding
>> lead - not grip! - can help steer her towards the proper corner, but it
>> must be ready to be released if not followed.
>>
>> What signals an unsure partner? Repeated hesitations, veering off in the
>> wrong direction, the "deer caught in the headlights" look that whispers
>> "help me!"
>>
>> Assists tend to be figure-dependent. Wrong shoulder given in a reel? Go
>> with it and let the dancing couple recover because it's not going to be
>> changed back now. Strathspey poussette? Second time through try softly
>> talking: "meet your partner and out to the side, into the middle...."
>>
>> And keep smiling.
>>
>> Blaine Peet
>> Maryland, USA
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