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On dancing, part 2

Hokay. So, directly linked to this, more dance stuffs.

I was poking around on the tanzschule website and found pictures of the instructors. What can I say...

First up we have the man who did my private lesson yesterday: Thomas.


He's quite tall and surprisingly muscley! Before anyone comments, I know dancers, especially ballet dancers can be really muscley, but as I said to the person who reminded me of that, they often wear tights, and I discovered this through clothes! It did amuse me when we were discussing Ballroom hold and he was all 'yes, and you need to find this muscle here, cause thats where your hand goes'. Such a hard life waltzing around the floor with him...

Next we have the class instructor for my group: Michael.


He thinks he's quite funny, and he is quite funny actually. He's the one that got everyone giggling immaturely when demonstrating some of the steps for Tango. Admittedly I don't get most of his spoken jokes because they're in German but that one you could see what he was doing and well... yes... The only person he danced with was his demonstrating partner, who also helped others out a little yesterday. She's probably on the website too but I can't remember who she is... the ladies on there all look quite similar! Most of the time Michael just looks quite funny wandering around with his microphone headset on telling us what to do.

Finally we have Bernard.


I think he's another teacher, which explains why he was at the school earlier in the day, and why he's on the website, but he was in my class... maybe he was just there to help out cause most of the men don't know what they're doing. Either way, I did dance with him for a bit, and he's the one who started taking the mick when I got it wrong in the Cha Cha Cha because Lady Gaga got stuck in my head. There aren't many people who can get away with doing that, when they don't know me, but apparently he's one of the few who can! He did ask me if I'd done any dancing before and I told him I did English Folk Dance at home. He doesn't know much about that but said I should teach them some. I think not!

Oh, if you want to perv on all the instructors, go here

So yes, those are they. I've also been trying to remember some of the tracks I danced to yesterday. I know I did Cha Cha Cha to Poker Face by Lady Gaga and I think we did Waltz to an instrumental version of Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis (totally awesome track if you don't know it). I don't remember what else we did in class though. The Tango and Quickstep music have completely disappeared from my head.
However, I know that I danced both of those in my private class before, though Thomas kept putting on different bits of music for the private class. The ones he played with the quickstep kept being faster pieces, which is good to see how the same steps fit but can be done faster or slower. However, the one piece that does stick in my head is this: Spotify or video. It's For My Wedding by Don Henley. I know it was this song but I can't remember what I danced to it! All I remember is that I danced to it, and I danced to it in my private lesson. I admit I was kinda going O_o when I realised what the song was about etc and that I was dancing to it with someone I'd literally met a few minutes earlier, especially as Ballroom hold is very... close... but it is a lovely song and I can't stop listening to it now!

Oh, on a slightly different note, while I remember, one of the Austrian blokes I had been dancing with had overheard me talking English, probably in the break when I was talking to Bernard and asked me about it afterwards. He said: 'Are you American?' I was all *fail* and just said, after frowning, 'No, I'm British'. I know his English sucked but still, there is a reason why English is called English... Anyway, I do not sound American. Major fail all round.


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Oct. 17th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I know it sounds alike (though to me, American sounds VERY different!) but my point is not that... my point is if you see someone speaking French, you'll automatically think they're French, but they might be French Canadian or something. So, why if you see someone speaking English would you automatically think they are American? It's called English for a reason ;)
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Oct. 17th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps. Who knows.

The comment below mentions the differences between east/north/south German etc but I'm sure it's easier to tell the difference between Brits and Americans!
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Oct. 18th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)
Mmm ok. I should imagine that n/s/e/w German is like trying to spot the difference between n/s/e/w English and don't get me started on Gaelic and Welsh! I think there are some who still speak Cornish too and goodness knows what else!
I've never heard anyone speak Swiss-German so I don't know what it sounds like, and at the moment, I'm being treated to Viennese German (by most people) but Sabrina's from Salzburg and thus speaks, as she says, better and clearer German than Viennese German!
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Oct. 18th, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
Haha well as my German sucks, it probably won't make a huge difference to me at the moment!

Viennese German... I should be saying Guss Gott to you then!
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
can you keep apart east german, north german, south german/ austrian/alpine swiss german and tell where the person is from? keeping apart british, australian, american etc english would be the same for those who don't really speak it. ;]
Oct. 17th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
No but my point is, if I heard someone speaking German, I would automatically think German... because well, you can see where the name comes from, so why if you hear someone speaking English would you automatically think they were from America? It's called English for a reason ;)
Oct. 19th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
My Kurdish friends have warned me not to go to most parts of the Middle East unless I go with non-Western-looking friends, because all over the world people assume that if you speak English you are American. It's their greater cultural assault that's done it, what with the exportation of terrible American television and commercial enterprise. A few decades ago they'd probably still have assumed we were English, or at least British, but America has been on the ascendant - if in some areas also seen as being in the moral descendant - for a good while. I try to take it as a compliment: it is no longer our imperial spirit they resent and leap to conclusions about.

At IUP I knew a disproportionate number of American students who intended to go to 'Europe' (to them it's practically a country in itself) for gap years or similar, so I can see why Europeans might conclude that you're American. Though it's sad that they'd ask if you were American first. Perhaps we should increase involvement in the EU after all...
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