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A few days ago, I was watching the dance scenes in Dirty Dancing. I once did a routine with my teacher Michelle that was derived from the routine in the last scene. I noticed that Patrick Swayze's frame was very rigid, and also that his arm levels are fairly high for a Latin dance; almost like a ballroom dance. This is different from the way my teacher Gita is teaching salsa, where the frame is not as rigid and the arms are held lower. When I asked her about it, she told me that the Dirty Dancing routine is more of a mambo than a salsa, which explains the frame and arm positions. So it is possible that due to the routine, my salsa became somewhat mambo-fied.

Another change is being made to my east coast swing steps. Gita wants me to start with the first step almost in place, as opposed to moving to the left. It's almost like a tap step (but still done as a triple step with a weight change). This is actually difficult for me and it will probably be some time before I can incorporate this into all of my east coast swing steps.

In piano news, I'm making ok progress on Skating. As this is the first time since starting with my new teacher that I've really tried to tackle a challenging (for me) piece on my own, it will be interesting to see if I'm able to incorporate all of the things I've learned so far. There have been times in the past when I thought I made good progress in the week between lessons, but my teacher still had to correct many flaws in my playing. I guess this is common; even experienced pros take lessons.

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