Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I am going to try walking around my house on my tip-toes to increase balance and calf strength.
This seems to be the weak point in my dancing and if I walk around my house like this in the course of my day, it won't take any additional exercise time! The idea came to me, and then I googled it to see if anyone else suggested this.
I came up with an article! Note : the article does remind reader to stretch calves, if you try this!
Here's a link with more info:
I can also do calf raises while I wash the dishes and brush my teeth!
Which leads me to another multi-tasking tip....while working out in my yard, I can meditate AND wear teeth-whitening strips! ( Hey....and also have something cooking in the crockpot?)
Sunday, July 06, 2014
In my relaxing time, I'm going through my exercise DVD's, youtube, and dance blogs/websites for inspiration.
Friday I did the DVD, "Balletone", and weight trained (plus yardwork.....my "meditation & awareness time")
Yesterday I did the DVD, "Ballet Conditioning", & stretched (plus washed my car..."my meditation
& awareness time")
I watched a youtube video about a day in the life of a ballerina. Even if I had the genetics and was 50 years younger, I wouldn't want to be one! Having said that..... I think there is a lot to gain from doing ballet barre exercises at least once a week, maybe more often!
Today I might try to choreograph a lyrical line dance. I have only seen one of these.
I was inspired by some youtube "praise dances." I think a lyrical line dance would be a good warm-up for the regular line dance classes that I plan to teach in the fall. I have to go to town today. During my car time, AKA "music awareness time", I'm going to listen to some of my CD's for slower music that I normally pass by because it's not suitable for regular line dances. There might be something that inspires me for something lyrical.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
This is a follow-up blog to the one posted on July 3, 2014.
The following is a picture that I ran across on multiple websites of an example of the disparity between body & face (not to mention an "old guy" in amazing shape) ....just so you know what I was talking about.
I think you will agree that the effect is a little disconcerting because of the incongruity.
First, I am addressing the physical characteristics of my face:
I have checked out contact lenses.
I am doing the best I can with anti-ageing skincare.
I will make sure that I apply make-up prior to class/videotaping. I looked at videos on youtube and got some ideas. I experimented with make-up that I have on hand.
Secondly, I am working on my attitude about the role the face plays during a dance.
Certainly, it is not going to be ignored by the viewer so I can't just disregard it.
Therefore, I have to make my face part of the whole artistic expression. There are some articles about this on various websites. They are basically under the category of "stage presence." So, I'm studying up on that concept.
Thirdly, even if I appear older, I am able to express emotion. Granted, the beauty of a young, leading lady is not going to be my character. But older people can express all the appropriate emotions.
Gosh.....I do "worry" really well!
Probably can even do "anger" pretty well.
And, hey, don't we all think some older folks (including myself in this category) can be "cute"?
As they used to say.....it ain't what you got, it's how you use it.
Guess I'll use my fun face as I say that line!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
My dance teacher had suggested that she do a videotape of me dancing. She felt this would be a good learning tool for me. So, I did four very different line dances for her to record
(bachata, waltz, jazzy, & soul). As some of you know, I am doing line dances, but trying to do them artistically (with expression, whole body movement, & styling). Then she guided me in evaluating/critiquing the performances. Truthfully, this was a little traumatic for me because I have never had my dancing videotaped and really do not like the way my face looks in pictures anyway.
Best points: Arm movements in waltz, rise and fall in waltz, graceful arms in the waltz,
great hip movements in bachata, good posture throughout, sassiness in the soul dance, definite leg movements & effective arm movements in the jazz dance.
Need to work on: Footwork & balance. Although traditional country line dance focuses mostly on the feet, the footwork technique is what I'd call "looser." By that I mean the specific steps do not close --foot placement from step to step is farther apart. My foot placement needs more definition and precision. In efforts for greater precision, I noticed that it worked upper leg muscles more. My teacher said that it engages the glutes. Also, I felt there was a bit of a stumbly quality to my dancing and my teacher suggested specific exercises for balance. All this I can deal with, although it does involve the process of unlearning and relearning which can be a challenge.
Disaster area: My face. I am freaked out about the changes in my face. My body and hair are fairly youthful. Recently a line dancer had told me that I looked like a teen-ager from the back. At 64, this was quite a compliment. Of course I managed 2 + 2 and realized this implied that when I turned around, you could easily know I'm not young. A few times I have seen people where there is a disconnect between their general appearance and their face and it is startling to the viewer......kind of weird and out of place.
Unfortunately, for this video I didn't help myself any because I did not wear any make-up. I also had mentally decided that I could avoid looking at my face and just review the body. So I didn't have any expression except a somewhat worried look.
The videotape did point out to me that I need to make sure that my face needs to be appropriate to the dance. I have always known this, but was somehow feeling that maybe we could all just forget about my face.
I have to do something with my face! I have to figure this out! I proceeded with an appointment for contact lenses and am trying new make-up and skin care techniques.
Next time I dance, I will be wearing some make-up and attempting to engage my face as part of the expression of the dance.
Unfortunately the effect of the video tapes kind of put me into a state of shock with regard to my dancing. I have to get past this!
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Some books/articles I have read take the historical perspective and talk about how a little extra fat helps a person survive during a famine. Then they relate how, in modern life, our bodies interpret modern stress as a similar challenge.....and then our bodies start storing calories in the form of fat to nourish us during the famine.
But, I wondered if it is really true. Why wouldn't muscle strength, fitness, and leanness have more survival value? It is the strong and quick people that would be able to secure food, deal with demands, and fight off threats.
Last evening I was out for a walk. Some threatening clouds came overhead and it started to rain. I quickly picked up the pace and ran the rest of the way home.
Bear in mind, I don't normally run, just walk at a fast pace. Kind of a mini-example of what I am talking about.
I just wonder if, in the back of my mind, there has been a fear of starvation that has stopping my progress from going any farther. ( I have blogged previously about dinner table conversations in my youth when the topic was food scarcity in the Great Depression. Also, there was the constant reminder to eat because there's people starving in China. )
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