I feel it in my toes!
I’m not certain who remembers–or wants to remember–the Troggs, the English rock band from the mid-1960s, originally called the “Troglodytes.” But of course you remember this song:
Their big hit was “Wild Thing.” Boy, just a few bars can really take you back to a groovier time when all you needed was a guitar, bass line, and a catchy phrase or two.
You know I love you, I always will
My mind’s made up by the way that I feel
There’s no beginning, there’ll be no end
‘Cause on my edge you can depend
Did I say “edge” and “depend” in the same sentence? No, that wasn’t a mistake. My edges are feeling stronger than ever. I still hit the wobbles sometimes, especially on those left back inside edges. But, I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time.
Every thought seems to come with its own soundtrack! That is, if we’re lucky.
I have certainly enjoyed being back on the ice this week. Saturday was grooving to oldies (Michael Jackson, Hall and Oates, Norah Jones) and watching Sonia do a teeny tiny tango. So cute!
Monday I decided to test my stamina by stroking around the rink for a while. Okay, just four laps. My stamina is. . . not so good. Whew!
Today’s lesson was on the Kilian and the Starlight Waltz. I can’t believe all the things that happen in one pattern around the rink. My pea-sized brain was having trouble processing it all, so here’s just a couple of points before the list.
- Keep hips aligned. Amazing how much unnecessary movement happens on even simple moves like cross behinds.
- Upper body lean. Especially on the left outer edges.
- lean in on progressives (upper body) and outside-outside
- cross behind, keeping neutral hip position; right foot extends immediately
- scoop (edge pull) into choctaw
- introductory waltz three: lean into circle, lifted free leg
- same lean into first chassé, reverse lean for next chassé, reverse again for final chassé
- strong outside edge: for change of edge, just come up and bend ankle (don’t drop in!)
- same lean and arm position into back swing
- lean into back outside edge, head and nose arc up and around for step forward
- step forward into left shoulder, don’t let left arm keep moving around circle
October 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm
Hooray for strong edges, Jo! That’s so incredibly exciting! I thought that I had strong edges one practice session until I completely bit it on a mohawk. Oops. Might be time to get those blades sharpened. 🙂
October 13, 2016 at 9:14 pm
Oh no, that dang mohawk again! Hope you’re okay, Eva. I need a sharpening too!
October 19, 2016 at 9:33 am
Nothing like a near-empty rink with a good soundtrack! Unless it’s the feel of gliding along on a really solid edge. I’m glad you’re enjoying working on your dances and moves!
October 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm
Thanks so much, Mary! Hope your back is feeling better. Here’s to a future of solid edges!