I learned Richard's new "Metamora" waltz last night at FNW. It's a pretty nice little choreography. It has several moves I don't generally do when waltzing freestyle, and you get to think a little bit more than in Congress of Vienna, but nothing in it is actually difficult, and it's pretty much all leadable. So it was good. I'm a bit iffy about the music, though. It's certainly a pretty tune, but it's somewhat indistinct. It's not the sort of thing you can go home whistling, and there's not a lot of contrast between the parts to make the choreography changes clear. So I probably wouldn't have chosen it. But it is the sort of thing people will at least recognize, I think, and it hasn't really been played before, so there are no past associations with it, which is good. So it'll be alright.
There weren't as many people I knew there last night as usual. Good Friday, Passover and significant others seemed to be taking their toll in the Stanford Dance community, not to mention the fact that this was the East Bay FNW, so it was farther away. But that's not entirely bad, since it gets me dancing with more new people. I did have to lead all my swings, though :-)
I also got a chance to talk a little bit with someone I know there who teaches piano. I'm trying to gradually do a bit of research into eventually getting piano lessons. She seems like she might be a good person to learn from, except for the fact that she teaches in Alameda. But anway, I'm just collecting options right now. Of course, there's always the problem that the more time I have for practicing and lessons (like now) the less money I have to spend on them. Oh well.
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