Do you remember that R. Kelly song? I’m referring to it because I’ve started my Hip Hop classes 😉 and all the Old School songs are starting to flit in and out of my mind.
I had a grand old time doing warm up stretches to “S-Double-Double-U-to the V-V”.
Tones joined me for moral support in the first class and enjoyed it so much, he’s now continuing along with me. Can you believe it? Someone who doesn’t dance and doesn’t like to dance is enjoying Hip Hop classes!!
Then the second week, a friend of ours joined after I told her about it, she then told someone else after she did her class and that person came along for a class too.
Though I think this sort of thing for beginners, requires some commitment. So far, we’ve committed and gone for 10+ weeks. That’s 2 week chunks of the same choreography, with 3 different teachers and their different styles.
That means we’ve learned chroeo for the beginning of at least 5 different songs. Unsure if I’ll remember them all, would be a miracle if I did!!
I must admit I felt completely retarded and un-co for the entire first class and most of my second class. I think it took me 6 goes (ie 6 weeks because we only go once a week) to finally get comfortable with some of the movements.
Even after 10 goes, I still forget moves and step on the wrong leg which just throws everything out of whack.
On the first day, my brain would say one thing and my body wouldn’t comply and would do something else. I was definitely having learning difficulties.
Teacher: Let’s do arms first.
(We learn actions for the arms for 8 beats which involves pointing forward with the right hand and then placing the right hand in front of the left shoulder. That is it. I can do that. I am happy.)
Teacher: Now let’s do feet.
(This involves walking forward but stepping or sweeping the foot out to the side before placing it in front of the other. OK all good, 8 beats and only one step per foot. Awesome, I could do that.)
Teacher: Now let’s do it altogether.
This is when I had a brain fart. It’s like learning to pat my head with one hand and rub my stomach with the other, for the first time. It was evident I was missing a huge chunk out of my corpus callosum.
If my brain was sending off signals, they weren’t going anywhere. I could actually feel and see the synapse in that moment – a blank space where the neurotransmitters failed to exist or transfer. It was just one massive, dark, abyss. Meanwhile, in the mirror, I didn’t just look like I couldn’t dance, I looked like I was having trouble walking.
The amount of concentration required to remember such simple choreography is intense but anyway, I eventually figured it out, about three quarters of the way through class!!
The teachers actually film the class and post it on Facebook (in a private group) so we can see how we did and watch our own progress.
It is so funny. Having them just hold the camera is enough to put everyone off, well, me anyway! It wasn’t even filming but once we saw the camera come out, we completely forgot what we were supposed to be doing. I know I just froze.
I’ll tell you what, it’s definitely teaching us to stop being so self conscious – it teaches us to dance like nobody’s watching!
The thing is, one of the teachers actually says, “Imagine you’re performing for people you love.” He then lists people you know like family and friends and how you’d make them proud.
Umm…. yeah…. way to put the pressure on there mate. If I were dancing a performance, I would have made sure I remembered the ENTIRE choreo and been practicing it over and over until I was doing it in my sleep!!! At my current skill level, performing after just learning some choreo and still not being able to remember it all, would mean running and hiding backstage!
Nevermind, it’s all fun and just like with Bikram Yoga (where at the beginning it was so uncomfortable but we knew it was good for us), we’ve committed to going regularly and long term because it’s the only way we will see improvement.
Now back to the title of this blog, I thought the title apt for a number of reasons:
1. As mentioned above, I’ve started Hip Hop dance classes and we dance to RnB.
2. It sure feels like summer here in London. I can’t believe the number of sunny days and blue skies that we’ve had. I mean, I’ve even complained that it’s too hot!! How is this possible?
3. The bunnies are starting to moult, AGAIN. I think I’ve already written a blog about all the chores that come with just that event. I can’t believe they’re doing it again!
Summer seems to bring about other extra chores with regards to looking after the bunnies, such as
a. changing their litters out more often to prevent stink and fly larvae.
b. checking that their butts are clean and dry and that flies, which hover around their litters a lot, haven’t laid eggs/maggots on them (apparently it’s a big thing for rabbits in summer and is called flystrike). I just peek every now and again as the bunnies run around to see if their butts are dirty but the boys have been very good.
c. freezing water bottles so the bunnies can lay on them to keep cool and checking on the bunnies regularly to make sure they aren’t suffering from heatstroke.
d. feeding them less but more often because they seem to not eat their hay if it’s been left out (it becomes too dry and they don’t like it and then they don’t eat at all).
e. a whole host of other things (such as dealing with spiders and moths) which if I mentioned would turn this into 2 blogs.
4. Add all the above to the fact that I get irritable when I’m hot and.. “Summer Bunnies Drive Me Crazy”.
Technically it’s not really the bunnies or the summer that will drive me crazy. Rather all the added chores and Anthropod management involved with the season. Thank God the terribly hot weather only lasts for a couple of weeks in London hahaha!! There’s got to be some advantage to it always being cold!!!
Anyway, after an entire year of winter (I spent London summer time in Sydney last year, where it was winter), I’m glad to have had some heat!!