So to answer her question about how things were going I asked her to critic my Dutch Waltz and proceeded to skate the dance and more or less placed all the lobes where they're supposed to be. She was both pleased and surprised and asked if I wanted to get started on the Canasta Tango. I told her that she should first test me for the two items that make up ISI's Dance level 1: two mandatory patterns, one of which is a Chasse sequence the other a Progressive sequence. Those can be seen here along with the forward swing roll pattern which is part of Dance level 2. Bottom line: I passed the three patterns and Kelly said she'd make me a CD with music for the Dutch Waltz, Canasta Tango and Rhythm Blues. In order to pass actual dances one must skate to the music. The addition of music will no doubt be interesting and frustrating at the same time. Interesting because adding music will make all this seem more like a dance. Frustrating because the music will add another level of complexity to keep track of while skating the steps. That said, we moved on to spend the last 10 minutes of lesson time looking at the Canasta Tango.
The Canasta Tango has fewer steps than the Dutch Waltz (14 vs 16) but is a much busier dance. As with the Dutch Waltz, the dance uses one side of the rink and the dog bone shaped pattern (below) represents two passes of the dance. This dance is "busier" because unlike the preceding Dutch Waltz which has only one skating element going on in each lobe of the dance (a progressive, a swing roll or a pair of forward edges), the Canasta Tango has several things going on in each lobe. For example, lobe one has a progressive, a chasse step and a swing roll all compressed within that first lobe. Additionally, this dance introduces dancers to the slide chasse (step 7) and the extra complication of an optional cross roll at step 14. With Kelly, the cross roll will NOT be an option.
|The Canasta Tango pattern is skated in reverse Kilian position; i.e. the lady is to the left of the man.|
Today, diaristdaughter and I went to the afternoon public session. It was crowded, and for the first hour one end of the rink was annoyingly coned off for a birthday party. I was busy practicing back swing rolls when all of a sudden a pair of adult skaters came onto the ice and one glance was enough to tell me that they had to be dancers--they were simply too smooth to be anything else. I skated over and made their acquaintance. It turns out that they were a local team returning to competition after a three year hiatus. They train elsewhere but like Bowie ice for practice since it's close to where they live. I told them I hope to see them often. Bowie needs more dancers.