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“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” - Benjamin Franklin

Truly excellent advice.

I'm taking ballroom lessons now at the sketchtastic studio on San Mateo. My father is probably not that happy with me for deciding to walk there every day, past the arroyo with it's gangbangers, but I'm having an absolutely glorious time. My teacher is a delightful man named Joseph. He's a hip guy (meaning he likes to move his hips) and a theatre grad student and rather handsome. He's also probably gay, engaged, or both. Not that I'm complaining. There is a tragic dearth of gorgeous, intelligent people in Albuquerque, and the fact that I get to spend time gliding gracefully around the room with one of them is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

Speaking of sneezing, o hai allergies. i really didn't miss u. plz 2 b leaving me alone nao.

*sighs* Joseph really is remarkably lovely, if rather free with his compliments. I'm used to ballet teachers who frown and yell when you bollocks everything up. Having someone who smiles and flatters and makes comments about having gender issues when he starts doing my bit instead of his own is something I had previously dreampt of, but didn't know existed. Equally surprising is his faith in my ability. He's decided that I'd get a bit bored doing social dancing, and that he'd like to train me in the international competition technique. I'm a bit of a noodle compared to most of the girls I know who do that sort of thing, but they tell me that anything worth doing is worth doing well, and learning standardized moves that have been documented to the finest detail will certainly help me accomplish that.

To tell you the truth, I'm ridiculously excited. I've been wanting to do this forever. I miss dancing more than can be expressed in words and I want to learn/earn the kind of trust required when dancing with a partner. The headshrinkers would say that it's a way of re-developing some confidence in myself. Me, I just think it's fun. *smiles*

I have my group latin lesson tonight. I have a feeling he's going to really put me through my paces with the cha-cha. I found that one strangely hard to pick up as the step starts on the 2 and not the 1. *shrugs* I've been watching instructional videos on Expert Village and I bought some practice music with everyone's gift cards. With any luck I'll have drilled the rhythm into my head by the time 6pm rolls around today.

All I need now is a good pair of ballroom shoes and my mum to agree to pay for more lessons. It's expensive, but I get to attend unlimited group classes and practices in addition to my private lessons. Time to go practice making puppy eyes.


Date: 2009-02-26 05:56 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Oh my God, she's alive. I was getting worried, kiddo.

Date: 2009-02-28 12:01 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Don't worry. I'm not dead yet... I might even be getting better. Or maybe that's just the adrenaline talking. Ballroom dancing apparently turns me into an excitable puppy. Who knew?

I totally made an ass of myself last night. For reference, Joseph, my teacher, looks a bit like a shorter, darker-haired version of Alex Suarez. I know, right? Anyway, I was carrying my giant pink Nalgene in my keys last night when Joseph stops me from leaving, begs me to come to tonight's practice party, and then offers a hand to shake. Of course, in the scramble to agree and transfer everything out of my right hand I end up juggling and subsequently dropping both keys and water bottle on the floor. When I stand up after collecting them, he shoots me an unrepentant smirk and says, "I have that effect on young ladies." Cue me blushing at least two shades of red, mumbling something utterly inane as I shake his hand, and attempting to go out of a locked door. I wanted to shoot myself in the face. If you would like to do the honors, please feel free.

How's life in Bologna? How are the other inmates? How were your trips (in detail)? Do tell me all!

Date: 2009-02-28 12:02 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
*and my keys

Date: 2009-02-28 02:40 am (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Ballroom dance lessons sound amazing. I have no doubt you're going to be fantastic. Keep us updated, please!

Date: 2009-03-02 07:41 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile]
Yay, dancing! That sounds fun. Man, when you come back to WU you'll end up sweeping us all away. XD


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