September 30th, 2008

PftS - kitty


Obviously haven't been posting much. I'm not able to read posts everyday but I do try. The new studio has me working all the time, from morning until night. Training the new instructors takes up a ton of time too.

I had a surprising experience in one of my classes. It's an instructor trainee taught class, and I supervise it and jump in as her teaching assistant when she needs it. This particular instructor has a lot to juggle in her life and I think it causes her to be distracted. So she has been forgetting things in the lesson plan now and then, or giving instructions that aren't clear and leave the students confused or doing the moves wrong. Sometimes she even says "left hand" when she means right, which can also mess the students up. She's a great student, a fantastic dancer, and a dear friend. I think she's just really nervous since she never taught anything before and probably distracted by her full time job and a child and husband at home.

Anyway, I have been feeling stressed about it, like the class sort of falls apart sometimes when she teaches it. Yet when it came time for the "free style" portion at the end of the 3rd week, I got quite a surprise. These girls, in spite of some misdirection and things being left out, did an amazing just during free style time. They even attempted floorwork with their pole routine, something I rarely see level 1 students attempt before the 5th week. They were sensual, and beutiful, and even the girls who had a ton of trouble the first few weeks were dancing beautifully without any direction at all.

I'm floored.

I'm suddenly very proud of the lesson plan I've developed over the years. Girls who feel awkward or who have trouble in the beginning, can still be graceful and beautiful dancers even with a trainee instructor who messes up now and then. I feel like that means I have a really strong lesson plan that works so well, that girls can benefit and dance beautifully even if the the instructor misses or misdirects a few things. Don't get me wrong, I'll keep supervising her classes until she can teach without mistakes. But I love that I've grown something so strong that it works well even with a weak link in there sometimes.
socks and cat

My baby

Today my truck reached 90,000 miles. It is still sitting in the driveway with exactly 90,000 miles on it. Not one more more or one mile less. The timing is perfect as I have an appointment tomorrow with my mechanic for a 90,000 miles service. Apparently with all the belts being replaced and a new water pump and all the things they recommend, it will cost me about $1,100 plus tax. I've decided I can live with this considering that in the 6 or so years I have owned this truck (got it with 50k on it), I have never had one single problem or break down ever. Plus I've been told I can expect a Toyota truck to last for 200,000 miles. It's a rare and special kind of truck, there are probably only 5 to 10 of them in Washington state. So I might just have to keep it that long and maybe give it a make over one day. I think I'd like have it painted sparkly hot pink. Some day.