A Learning Curve

Slowly. But surely. Step by Step.

I am currently learning my first set of choreography to lead a Zumba class. I decided to begin with the warm-up segment which normally comprises of three songs. During the past week, I followed the video to learn the choreography by myself and today, for the first time, I led the class I normally attend (my instructor has graciously volunteered to help me learn and practice). Being the lead is definitely a different experience to following the teacher of a class. All these faces look to you to lead and follow whatever dance moves you show them. In addition, as the instructor, you begin with the left leg/side instead of the right – a fact that takes some time getting used to.

As expected, my mind went blank partway through the choreography. I continued regardless, skipping over parts I could not remember and following the beat of the music. I love that the people I dance with on a Sunday morning were supportive and after the class were celebrating the fact that I had led a song on my own. This week I aim to practice more – and hopefully next Sunday I will remember all of the choreography and lead with confidence.

Slowly. But surely. Step by Step.

What have you learned step by step?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post is linked to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January challenge. The prompt begin your post with a word ending in -ly.)

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17 thoughts on “A Learning Curve

  1. While often used as a figurative turn of phrase, step by step has never had such a literal meaning as it does here in your post! Good luck next week. I’ll be sending well choreographed thoughts your way.

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  2. Oh how nice that you are becoming a teacher for this workout – and you are right – slowly we find out groove – ha
    And the mirroring part takes time and I teach gentle yoga but I think it is similar / we start with the opposite as we face them.
    Anyhow – congrats and I bet you will make an awesome instructor for this workout

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  3. When I was in high school, I had the lead in a play with an opening monologue that went on for almost 5 minutes. One night I blanked halfway through – it just left my head completely. I “acted” pensive and thoughtful, as if the pause wagon purpose – for 20 seconds before it popped back. Funny how that works, huh? Now I dream about it on occasion!

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  4. WOW. I haven’t even tried to tackle a Zumba class. The fact that you’ve led one is pretty darn impressive. My step-by-step learning lately has been Spanish. 🙂

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