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My two left feet, let me show you them - Tactical Ninja

Nov. 4th, 2015

09:46 am - My two left feet, let me show you them

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Second hip hop class last night, this one with the Projekt team.  These guys seem to have much better idea of what beginner means, and they cover all styles of street dance.

That having been said, what we were doing last night was actually 90s boyband styles, so we were smooooth.  Well, some of us were. Others of us were flaily *ahem*.  Class was the same format as last week's - learn a move or two, practice a few times, tack it onto the previous move, try it with music.  Only this time, the music wasn't going three times as fast as the practice and for the most part I could keep up without getting my arms and legs tangled up.  For the most part....

Anyway, after an hour of this we'd learned about 10 seconds of dance which included about 12 different steps.  Apparently next week we'll be consolidating that and adding a bit more.  The music was Faded by soulDecision, - 90s/2000 funk basically. We got as far as the bit where it goes "Couldn't we do what we did last night again" - one verse.  And we were only two lines into the first verse when I got down to a singlet.  Being smooth apparently requires effort!

I felt slightly less unco this time, possibly because of the more appropriate pace, but maybe because I'm learning something?  I can feel my brain working in an interesting way while I'm doing it - I've never done any formal dance training before so this idea of teaching my body to do movements and then remembering a sequence of them at high speed is completely new to me.  Maybe I'm creating new neural pathways and this will ward of senility!

I also had a pole class yesterday in which we were learning to do this:

upright pike

As you can imagine, getting into this from standing involves serious hip flexor and core action, and staying in it involves serious armpit action.  Adding the hip hop onto this with flexing my brains while jumping up and down and trying to coordinate my feet, and a job interview as well, and I feel like I burned all the protein yesterday.  Today I slept until my alarm went off.

I am totally going to be the funkiest granny in the rest home.

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From:jaelle_n_gilla
Date:November 3rd, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
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And can you keep the smile while doing it, too? ;-)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 3rd, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Yes, but it's accompanied by most unladylike grunting. ;-)
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From:randomdreams
Date:November 4th, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
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That may in fact be encouraged in some styles.
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From:fbhjr
Date:November 4th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
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That's quite a feat on the pole!
Glad you got some rest after it!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 4th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
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I didn't find it too difficult to learn because of having done lots of core/hip flexor training in the past, but then of course I did it lots and got really tired..

doh.
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From:meathiel
Date:November 4th, 2015 06:28 am (UTC)
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I'm just imagining you doind hiphop in the rest home ... *rofl*
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From:tatjna
Date:November 4th, 2015 07:32 am (UTC)
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By then hip hop will be quaint, like the Charleston or something. In fact one of the moves we did last night was suspiciously Charleston-like come to think of it. :)

Edited at 2015-11-04 07:32 am (UTC)
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From:tatjna
Date:November 4th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
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I am vaguely disturbed by that video.
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From:clevermanka
Date:November 4th, 2015 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I am so envious I might actually burst into spontaneous combustion. I tried to find a street/hiphop dance class like that where I live, but no dice.

Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!
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From:tatjna
Date:November 4th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Wellington's really good for that sort of thing. You should move here! Then we can be unco together...

;-)
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From:clevermanka
Date:November 4th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
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If there were an easy way for me to exit Kansas, believe me, I would. *sigh*
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From:meri_sielu
Date:November 4th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
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Wow! I've only just started learning pole and I'm gaining strength steadily but that move looks hardcore! Don't think I'll be managing that one for a while lol.
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From:tatjna
Date:November 5th, 2015 12:12 am (UTC)
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I think I started with a bit of a strength advantage from having done so much acro, but yeah. It doesn't take long eh?
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From:channelinglucy
Date:November 7th, 2015 03:02 pm (UTC)
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Dance is all about muscle memory. At some point your body picks it up without letting you in on this. :-)

I only started taking dance classes after taking my daughter when she was in her teens (dancing came natically to her but I noticed when she was in her early teens she became shy or reluctant to dance, and one day asked her if she was interested in a (then experiencing a resurgence) swing dancing class for teenagers. I used to sit and watch the class and noticed one youngster who like me didn't know her left from her right foot, but by the end of the summer she was dancing. I figured Iif she could learn, so could I. And I did, and loved swing, Lindy hop and the Latin dances. But hip hop was very hard for me though mainly because my feet would be several steps back. The instructor was always who orating and said to just do my best and eventually my body would pick it up. And to my shock and surprise, it did. (The waltz was also very hard maybe because of the 3/3 timing or not being able to dance backward and in high heels. )
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From:sweetz31
Date:December 18th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
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pole class sounds so much fun!! and a fun way to stay in shape...dont know how good id be at it though but id love to try!

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From:tatjna
Date:December 18th, 2015 12:04 am (UTC)
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One thing I really like about pole is how accessible it is. There are moves you can do and look good even if you've never done anything physical in your life before, and from there you can take it as far as you like.
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From:sweetz31
Date:December 18th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
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I really should try it! Im actually in decent shape now...I lost 50 plus pounds doing Insanity and other programs like that for the past 3 years. Im deff gonna check it out!☺

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From:tatjna
Date:December 18th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
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50 pounds is a lot! That's some serious determination right there. You should be find doing pole.
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