After the end of my “Jones Dance” chapter, I took some time off from dance for a number of reasons. I needed a break to clear my head, process what was going on and figure out what it was that I wanted to do next. I was also too depressed to make any public appearances in the dance community and I couldn’t talk about happened without chocking back tears.
After about a month of mourning the retirement of my dance instructor, I decided to try a couple of potential Pro/Am instructors. Though I thought this was the direction I should continue in, truth be told, I’m not ready to replace Waylon yet and because of that, I don’t particularly have a desire to continue competing Pro/Am…so I quit looking for a replacement instructor and focused on finding a quality group class.
I attended an advanced Latin group class taught by a talent instructor who focuses on technique, precision, and attaining the character of the dance. Her passion for dance is expressed in her style of teaching. The group class is definitely a step in the right direction, especially since I’m not getting private instruction anymore. The group class a combination of both quantity and quality.
It was at this group class that an interesting opportunity came about. One of the students in the group class mentioned that he was looking for an amateur dance partner. Keeping an open mind, we scheduled a time for a dance trial. DP (as I will refer to him in my blog) is a more advanced dancer than I am. He is actually a beautiful dancer and very knowledgeable. He’s patient with me as I learn his choreography and adapt to the style of International Latin.
Dancing with a partner is very different than dancing Pro/Am. I have to take the training wheels off and hold my own if I want to continue in this (or any) amateur partnership. Without private instruction, progress is all up to me. I am the one that has to push myself physically and mentally in order to advance and achieve my goals. I have to be my own coach and my own cheerleader. I have to be disciplined enough to practice on my own, study professional dancers (movement, timing, choreography, technique, styling, etc.) and apply everything I’ve learned over the years. I have to be my own teacher.
January 26th was the start of our amateur partnership and the beginning of a new dance chapter for me. My experience so far has been challenging, but yet exciting and so rewarding! Dance is my passion and I refuse to let anything get in my way, especially my own self.