Well, I think my posture is going to improve pretty quickly under new coach. Not that I’m being told anything new, but lots of reinforcement of things I should know, but often can’t manage to do all at the same time. So, hips forward, relax the shoulders (yeees, it’s possible that could happen…maybe), head up (also dubious), strong frame. And then remember to do all the correct skating things – bend knees, up and down at the right points, strong pushes, bring feet close together before the next push (a quick boot to boot tap works for me with that last one).
More work on the basic dance components like edges, swing rolls, cross rolls. My inside swing rolls are feeling a lot more stable, and I’m sometimes even managing a backward leg stretch on the left one, instead of just bringing the free leg straight in. Crossovers/progressives are still in need of improvement, I fear, but as these are difficult to practice on even moderately busy sessions, that’s not really a surprise.
We ran through Dutch Waltz again, including to music, which somehow felt a lot faster than normal, even though it’s not like I haven’t done this recently. Not sure what’s going on there. Also looked at Canasta Tango briefly, which wasn’t too bad, and even managed to get a smidgin of edge in the slide chasses. Finished off with some chasses in preparation for Swing Dance. These were suprisingly okay, even though I was going backwards. I’ve certainly done them a lot flatter in the past, so maybe Swing Dance at the very end of a session is the way to go!