The Quickstep class went a bit better also. I didn't feel quite as tired. There was a pattern introduced that I hadn't learned before (it was not in the old syllabus) that I will probably have to spend some extra time on with my new teacher.
The Quickstep teacher, who I took private lessons from a few years ago, would like to work with me again. She's an independent now, so I would have to pay her separately. I'm going to wait awhile to see how things go with my job and time in general before signing up with her, but I think I would benefit from the extra instruction. Generally speaking, taking two lessons a week from different teachers helps me learn more and better, but it is more expensive and time-consuming.
I mentioned a few days ago that I was going to write about the four stages of learning. The first dance teacher I had gave me a flyer with a similar description of learning stages as that found on the link. (The names of the stages were different: initial learning, awkward use, conscious use, and natural use. It was also pointed out that there are no shortcuts as these are stages of learning and not lessons. I stuck the flyer on my refrigerator with magnets.) I don't think I ever made it past the "conscious use" stage in Quickstep (at the level I was dancing). I had to think about what I was doing and plan out what I was going to do at a medal ball or showcase. If I didn't, I'd be likely to make mistakes. Quickstep is a fast dance, and you don't have a lot of time or room to change your mind once you've started a pattern.
As this relates to learning other things (such as computer science), if you've been reading awhile you probably know where I'm going. Unfortunately, I don't have time to write about it in detail right now. I do want to understand how some of these extremely brilliant people who take heavy courseloads of difficult classes manage to learn all of that information.