My Coaching Experience with Sharon Savoy

I first heard of Sharon Savoy from my dance instructor, Waylon Jones.  He knows her from the ballroom dance community, more specifically, the cabaret division; she is a 3x World Exhibition Champion and 4x Blackpool Exhibition Champion. He had her book, “Ballroom! Obsession and Passion Inside the World of Competitive Dance”, and casually mentioned that it was good and he thought I would enjoy it.  So I borrowed the book.

I read the book over a weekend and found myself glued from the first page.  Sharon’s book was very real and relate-able, descriptive and a great insight to “the world of competitive dance”.  Imagine my excitement when I learned that I had the opportunity to meet Sharon and do a coaching session with her.

Waylon Jones set up the whole thing and my time slot was at 10:45 in the morning.  I arrived a little early and warmed up as best as I could.  I’ve never trained with another female before, so I was a little nervous and I didn’t really know what to expect.  I had an idea of what I wanted to work on, such as styling, character of the dance in rumba, and expression.  But I was also open to anything.

My session started off with Waylon and I dancing rumba.  After watching our routine, Sharon instantly saw what I needed help with the most.  I was impressed with how well she pin pointed very specific details that needed improvement and showed me what I needed to do.  The funny thing about it is that a lot of what she said is what Waylon has told me in the past (I was actually thankful for that, because it again made me really appreciate my instructor).  Maybe it just clicked more this time since it was coming from a totally different perspective, who knows.

Overall, my coaching session with Sharon Savoy was amazing.  It was a great experience working with another female who is such a talent.  I’m very thankful for the knowledge that was  shared with me.  One main thing I learned is that I do have potential as long as I get out of my own way and just dance.  I’m really looking forward to my next lesson with Waylon so I can practice and reinforce what I learned.

Until next time, happy dancing :)

 

 

 

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