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.
>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 >firstname.lastname@example.org >Dianna L. Shipman, P.C., Attorney at Law >PMB 134, 1436 W. Gray >Houston, TX 77019-4946 >web page: http://home.att.net/~diannashipman >phone: 713-522-1212 >----- Original Message ----- >From: <email@example.com> >To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> >Sent: Friday, October 29, 1999 9:57 PM >Subject: Re: Dealing with mistakes > > >> 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 >> ___________________________________________________________________ >> Get the Internet just the way you want it. >> Free software, free e-mail, and free Internet access for a month! >> Try Juno Web: http://dl.www.juno.com/dynoget/tagj. >> >> -- >> email@example.com >> >> > > > >