Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Habit of Cramming

I was never one for studying consistently throughout the semester. I always start out with good intentions and would probably carry out the plan for a good week or two but then, I'd fall into old habits and in the end, I'll spend the final few weeks cramming for the exams.

Thank goodness I don't need to sit for any exams these days. My brain is obviously not as "fresh" as it used to be and is too full of other rubbish to cram anything in quickly.

That didn't stop me from trying today.

I might have mentioned in previous posts that I have started clogging here in Brisbane. Its been 5 weeks since I first started and I don't want to be a beginner anymore. Actually, there are very few beginners around.

At tomorrow's class, there will be no teaching. Instead, its going to be a social where there will just be 3 hours of dancing. I don't want to be SITTING during that time. Hence, the cramming.

I've been wearing my dad out making him teach me all the dances he knows. My mother usually looks after Aaron for the morning while I go to this class with my dad. Its really the first time since Aaron was born that I've had some time to go learn something new. It is definitely refreshing (physically and mentally)!

For those of you who don't know, clogging, in a nut shell, is like tap dancing without needing to remember a routine. You just need to remember the steps that they call out and you're set.

Now here's the funny part to clogging. There are some really strange names for the steps. Names like, Emu, Donkey, Creeper, and even Outhouse! So...thats what I have spilling out of my ears at the moment. Wish me luck for tomorrow!


Bilbo said...

I love the names of the steps. I often come up with my own name for some of the patterns I learn in ballroom dancing. One step that drove me nuts was "The Terrace" in Cha-Cha...I started calling it "The Terrorist," and now everyone else does, too. And the "Check and Corte" in Tango has become the "Chicken Corte." There are more, but you get the idea. Have fun clogging...we're waiting for the pictures (or, better, the video!!).

Mike said...
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Mike said...

Bilbo beat me to the request for video of this event!

(typos fixed)

Amanda said...

LOL! I'm not sure about that video :)

I look very much like a donkey or an emu when doing those steps hahaha

I do enjoy it though.

Kellan said...

Iloved this post - I could just see you and your dad cramming dance lessons! Hope you enjoy the dance - how fun!

Take care- Kellan

Nap Warden said...

Good luck...I want video:)