Πέμπτη, 21 Ιανουαρίου 2010

Start to Latin American Dance


When i was still in Istanbul i had seen my friends taking Latin American dances such as Rumba, salsa, cha cha and i was so impressed the way how they were dancing, good or bad at least they were trying and having fun. So since months, i've been asking Joerg to start Latin American Dances together. He was quite postive but the thing was finding a place where we can learn it. Finally he found one in a college which has adult education centre as well. It would take 5 weeks- 1 hour everyweek. By the end of the 5 week we're supposed to learn the basic .
So last Wednesday we started with a crowded group and a young girl as teaching us the Latin American dances. The required thing was wearing flexible shoes but not flat ones such as trainer ( unless it's not a trainer nothing else can be flexible and comfortable for me :). Anyway, she wanted to start teaching the basic steps of ' Rumba' first. Ok we were both were so eager to learn it and we tried our best. At first the steps were easy but more she taught us more we got confused. We stepped on our feet, forgot the steps and did in a wrong or totally different way. But it was not only Joerg and i who had trouble. We were having so much fun with our mistakes like everyone does. But the interesting thing for me is, that girl was speaking so fast and as i am not an English language expert yet, i had difficulties to get what she meant. Ok i was watching her steps carefully but at some point i wanted to understand well what she's combining her foot steps with. i couldn't get most of the things what she had said. But i had already a feeling in me that Rumba is not for me. Or at least it's not the ideal dance to me. I better only watch it :)
Anyway, somehow we completed our first class and after the course we went to drink some beer in a pub to celebrate our success :) (what a success!!:)
Yesterday it was the second time in course. We quickly repeated what we had learnt last week and then some additional steps as well. As we didn't practise since last week we were quite stiffed and totally confused with the additional steps. When Joerg starts stepping wrong i stepped wrong too and then i was angry with him. Poor him, why i should expect him to dance as professional? But by the end we had a good laugh.
After the additional steps, she wanted to teach us the basics of 'Tango' ( which i like to watch it because it's the dance of passion). It was ok at first but then i gave up because i couldn't do it at all. We saw the elder couples who were over 50 years old and they were dancing so nice, it was unbelieveble. Probably they were used to dance it but we were not.
Another thing which would be better to learn is having a partner. I mean the girl who is teaching us doesn't have a partner and when she's showing us the steps first she starts with man's steps then ladie's. In my opinion if she could have a partner then it would be easier to see what she's doing.
By the end of 1 hour i arrived at home with swollen feet and thought that Latin American dance is not for me. Joerg is in the same opinion with me. Actually we wanted to learn Salsa which has more action in it. Rumba or Tango are slow and i am not very pleased to learn it. ( I say it maybe because i can't dance it well, eh?:) Anyway next week we're gonna start Salsa finally and we'll see if we can dance it at least. Maybe after the 5 week we can start something else which is more entertaining and rush.
Whatever it is. I strongly reccomend couples to do some activities such as dancing. You get rid off your stress and have so much fun together.


Have a nice day !!!

5 σχόλια:

Amel είπε...

Ahhhh...I'm not good at dancing, but I do like trying to do Zumba. Maybe you should try Zumba first at home 'coz they tell you the basics of many different types of dances and they're fun too. :-D

Burcu είπε...

Hey hey hey!!!!
You just made me realize that Zumba is what i've been looking for! I've found a video in youtube and it was amazing. Just my style!
I am gonna ask next time if our instructor is teaching Zumba as well.
Thank you very much Amel!!!!

Amel είπε...

Hey, UR very welcome. I tried Zumba at home and at first it was hard for me 'coz my body doesn't do coordination well, but after trying over and over and over I think I've managed to follow many of the dance steps - not perfectly, but still much better than the first few times hi hi...HAVE FUN!!!

Max Coutinho είπε...

LOL LOL Oh my God! This post was funny!

Hi Burcu :D!

But you know you are right: your teacher should be teaching you guys with a partner, otherwise it is very difficult for students, who have never danced before, to learn *nodding*. Plus, she should bear in mind the background of her students and talk slower - she's not a good professional.

I hope you loved Salsa at least - let us know how that went :D!

Kiss Kiss

Burcu είπε...

@ Max: We were much better last week! Even we were surprised that we didn't forget the steps from previous weeks. Whatever we do, we enjoy being together!

Thanks for your visit my Max!

Kisses!