Karen and I have been putting the finishing touches on our West Coast Swing dance routine, getting ready to perform at the U.S. Open over Thanksgiving weekend. This has been a project that has been on-going for the last year. This weekend will be the culmination of all our efforts. We’ve tweaked all aspects of the routine that runs for about two and a half minutes. You’d think we’d get tired of the thousands of times we’ve played that same song and danced the same moves, but surprisingly, we haven’t. Oh, we’ve gotten tired of practicing occasionally, but we haven’t gotten tired of the project itself. We come to each practice session with something particular in mind. We’ll work on styling, or timing, or getting muscle memory for a new move we’re trying to encorporate.
This week, we’ve been working on something that kind of makes me chuckle. We’re working on ‘interacting’ with each other. Isn’t that funny? We’re dancing, working on interacting with each other! We’ve gotten so used to the choreography and the moves that we’re doing, that we need to remind ourselves that we need to interact and demonstrate the joy we have when we dance together. Seriously, we have to remind ourselves to interact with each other. That’s funny to me!
What we do is, we find places in our routine where we can make eye contact and make some kind of gesture that shows we’re having fun together. We want to draw our audience into our dance with visual signals. We have times that we look at the audience and show big smiles or occasionally some show-off attitude, but we also need to demonstrate how she and I dance together. It needs to look casual, fun and spontaneous as well as demonstrate the precision of how we do our moves when we dance.
Funny, isn’t it? Practicing interacting. It’s funny the things we forget to do when we’re having fun.