Milonga last night, and it was heavenly. I was dancing. Really dancing, again. Which was fantastic. Had a great time and had some wonderful dances where I really felt like I was a partner, not just someone keeping up. Yea!
Got there a little early, and as I was settling at the table, looking for S who arrived separately, O came up to say hello. He is one of my favorite leaders, and I always look forward to dancing with him. He dances in a very tight, subtle and milongeuro (small steps) way, which used to take me a moment or two to adjust to, now I know just how to settle into his dance. So we chatted while I took off my scarf, hid my purse under the table, then before they even dimmed the lights, he led me onto the floor for two tandas. Really lovely, and I felt like I was just flowing along with him. I could not wait for S to get there and to dance with him, knowing that I was moving well. Well, S had arrived at some point while I was dancing and when I went back to the table after dancing with O, I got the lovely compliment from S that I was looking good on the dance floor. Getting a compliment from S is like winning the Nobel Peace Prize, it is handed out rarely, but with real intent and honesty. Yea me!
So I danced with S, and then continued dancing with other favorite leaders. It was a good night, I moved well, I focused on keeping my steps grounded, having the right amount of feedback through my right hand, and keeping my posture proper and upright. And everything seemed to be working. This is a high I could get very used to. :-)
In other realms, my feet are starting to give me problems, well, my toes actually. I am building up some good callouses on the balls of my feet, which is great. Being a former dancer I know how important callouses are to cutting down on blisters and helping your feet "toughen" to the dance. But my toes are hurting! The bones that is, are hurting. And I can not figure out how. I have started soaking my feet in epsom salts at night, which helps a little and certainly feels really good, but can anyone offer some advice on this? Do I need those metatarsil pads in my shoes? Am I possibly stepping incorrectly and therefore causing stress to my tootsies? I want to nip this in the beginning and not have problematic pains from dancing.
Of course, while I am dancing, I feel nothing, it is not until I change my shoes and leave the milonga/practica/workshop that my pain receptors perk up....