My BYU ballroom students had their waltz critiques due today. One critique particularly stuck out to me. This student is one of my "class clowns" I guess you could say, but I love how he truly wants to be a better dancer and wants to learn. Here is what he wrote:
My response to my dance performance filmed in class is really positive. I just have to start off saying how amazed I am that I danced the waltz. At the same time I know that it was not perfect.
Three things you pointed out that I should work on is keeping my head up while I am dancing. This is kind of hard for me because I really like to see where I am stepping before I step somewhere. The next improvement is with the fluidity of the dance. “Your dance moves are clunky,” Christina. This is something I really want to practice. I thought I looked like a robot out there on the dance floor. I am going to improve by bending my knees and raising to my toes. The third thing is keeping my should relaxed and at the same time in dance position.
Things that I saw I should work on include being a leader. When I dance I need to have confidence so that I can keep my head up and lead smoothly. The other thing is I have to listen to the music. By letting the music into my heart I will be able to better express my Waltz skills. The last thing I saw was that when I come to bring my feet all the way together in between the different moves.
What I saw that I liked was that I danced the whole Waltz. I never would have thought that one day I would dance.