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four stages of learning/dancing

I didn't get a chance to write about my first dance lesson in a year and a half. My new teacher is also the Viennese Waltz teacher. We spent the first half of the lesson just doing some general dancing, not working on anything specific. She made a few comments about technique, and helped me remember some patterns I'd forgotten. We spent the latter half of the lesson working on one of the patterns in the class.

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.

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