I love “aha!” moments, whether they are mine or someone else’s.
I was practicing with a friend, and he kept losing me at a particular point: He would step forward and then not just rock back but actually take a back step. It wasn’t that it was happening too fast, I just wasn’t feeling the lead for the second step in time. He stopped and asked me what I was feeling, if I knew what was wrong. I pointed out that he was leading the first step such that I got too much weight backwards – he wasn’t anticipating his next step soon enough to lead me into it. We started dancing again and it worked perfectly! He was very excited at figuring out what had been going on, as was I.
These are also the moments that make me sad that my practica seems to be dying. I have gone to the same practica since I started dancing, and it has always been popular and a great place to work on things. I feel like I improved more because of practicing there than any single class I attended. But recently there have been some changes, attendance has dropped off, and it doesn’t feel as conducive to real practice. This is a disappointing and frustrating experience – I want the space to practice, a place to get feedback, a chance to have those “aha!” moments.