Monday, January 28

May i please have 2 hours 45 minutes of my life back.

I don't know who else is dancing in Svente, but hopefully you guys use your time better than we do. We had practice last night and accomplished a grand total of nothing. We are in the process of learning 2 dances, but one of the instructors wasn't there, so that narrowed us down to 1 dance. You would think with the entire practice focused on a single dance we could get a lot accomplished. NO. First off we had several people who missed the previous week so we had to relearn all of that (all things which should take no more than 20 minutes to learn, but took more than a hour last week, and another 45 minutes this week.) We started learning the complicated part last week and there were 2 guys and 2 girls missing from the 3 couples that have the most complicated parts. Instead of changing around who has to learn those parts, we all stayed in the same places and extra girls plugged in the parts for the guys. So this week we had to do all those complicated parts all over when most of the people came. But one of guys, who will be regularly missing practice for a different dance practice, was still not here. So next time we have to learn all those parts all over again when he's here. It would be too easy to just put another couple in that spot, then where would the challenge be. Secondly our instructor had no idea what people are supposed to do. She seemed incapable of reading the directions properly and kept getting confused as to which part we were at. I understand that those directions are almost universally poorly written and difficult to understand (although why that is i can't imagine) but isn't it possible to look them over at home before rehearsal. And so we kept dancing the entire dance over and over again even though everyone knows the first half. the end result. We learned 15 seconds of a 5 minute dance. and it was a super easy 15 seconds. 4 lines, guys, on the 2 outside lines, girls in 2 inside lines. guys switch with partners, switch with guys, switch with other girls, girls switch, switch with partners, guys switch again, switch with other girls, girls switch. That may sound complicated here, but it really isn't. In a group that is chronically pressed for time, and we are constantly kept late we spent 15 minutes of actual learning.


Blogger Aras said...

jk's not in charge?

sucks for you. i'm starting my own dance group, it's gonna be way better than yours. not that much better, but, you know. whatever.

at least you had a chance to drink a thiry pack, right?

5:15 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

JK's not ever there. I don't know where he went, maybe he stopped dancing. He had some knee problems at the last svente. No one had time to drink anything except for maybe a few sips of water. Because we are always so rushed for time, we don't get more than 2 or 3 minutes of break time during the rehearsal, not enough time to go outside and drink, and of course there is no drinking inside because it's a church.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

are you a bunch of crazy people? it's not a church, it's a church hall, where drinks are served at all of the evening events.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Jim Gust said...

I don't know what kind of agreement they have with the church, but as far as i know everyone has always gone outside to drink. Maybe that's just cause the teacher doesn't want people drinking inside, but she knows that when the guys go outside it's to drink a beer, so i don't know why she should care if it's inside or outside.

12:16 AM  

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