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Hip Hop
I went to my final summer hip hop class last night. My neck is still very sore, so I attempted to take it easy. (Not an easy thing, I discovered...I never noticed how much neck movements we had!)

Sadly, the Very Cool Hip Hop Instructor is abandoning us, moving to Atlanta, so this was my last class with him. I'm bummed...I have really enjoyed his class. His dancing is incredible, and his personality is very entertaining too.

Everyone was feeling a little silly since it was our last class. We tried to convince him to breakdance for us, but he was surprisingly reluctant. He claimed he was shy! But how could a professional dancer be shy? I guess it's the difference between dancing solo in a classroom and dancing on a stage. Eventually we talked him into showing us a few moves though, and that was pretty cool.

At one point during class when we were all joking around, he started cavorting and leaping about, just being silly, and I told him sternly, "You are not lilies!" The same thing he always tells us when we don't look mean and ghetto enough. He was pleased that I'd learned!

At the beginning of class, we did a lot of warmup and stretching. He had us do this one stretch which was really interesting. Lying flat on our back, we were supposed to pull one foot up to our hip, keeping the knee flat on the ground (ideally). I think stretching like that somehow opened up some blood-starved muscles, drawing blood away from the rest of me or something, because the stretch actually made me dizzy! I lay there on my back, watching the room wobble around me, feeling like I was lying on a rocking boat or something. It was very surreal.

Fortunately once I stood up and reoriented myself, the dizziness went away and didn't come back for the rest of class. It went well, even though my muscles were stiff. I was pretty sore when I left class! When I came home last night I iced my neck for awhile, and it's feeling much better today.
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fls From: fls Date: August 27th, 2003 09:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man. If I ever get the chance to teach or coach anyone ever, I'm going to yell "You are not lilies!" at them every chance I get.
dreadpiratesiri From: dreadpiratesiri Date: August 27th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, same here. cept i'd tell them they were not lilies, or not to be such soft nellies. both are classic, I feel.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 27th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Coooool. (:
thinggtwoo From: thinggtwoo Date: August 27th, 2003 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad you've enjoyed the class so; I went back & read the entry you linked. He sounds fantastic! Sorry that he's leaving you, tho!! Think you'll try another class in that genre with a different instructor?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 28th, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, he was really cool! It's a bummer. They are having a hiphop class in the fall, and the teacher they hired actually is somebody he recommended. He told us that of course nobody could be as good as him, but he assured us we would like her. I'll probably try it out and see if I like it or not! If not, I might try jazz...I've never taken jazz.
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