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Lessons, Lessons, Lessons - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
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Lessons, Lessons, Lessons
So, Warren and I successfully make it to our every-other-Wednesday lesson with Suzanne without being snowed out or too sick for the first time in a long time. Yay us!

Even better, the Hilliers are in town this weekend. We have lessons on Saturday.

The crazy thing is, that acording to the master schedule there are still slots open with both. I just don't get it. A former World Champion and his wife (who is darn good too) come all the way over from England to teach, and two days before they're still not fully booked. There are plenty of competative couples in the area, and you just can't get coaching like this in the states, so why aren't they signing up? Madness.

I guess its a difference in priorities. Last year Warren and I drove eight hours through a snowstorn to Pittsburgh (staying overnight) so that we could get two hours worth of lessons with Hazel Newberry. We then drove eight hours back to Boston so that we could leave on our planned vacation to China. We knew that was a little nuts, but Hazel really is worth it. You'd think more people who actually live in Boston would go ahead and book lessons with the Hilliers.

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merastra From: merastra Date: February 3rd, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. I hear ya. Priorities. The economy. And the culture I fear is moving away from being able to support arts that require hard physical work and mental effort. Hm. It's more than that even, but I'm not sure how to say it. Do you get the same feeling or is it just me?
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 4th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I know what you're talking about it. I get the feeling that people are still impressed by the stuff that takes hard work and effort, but they they think the people who do that stuff are a little strange for bothering. If fact, I get the impression sometimes that people secretly don't like to see evidence of my hobbies because it makes them feel bad about themselves because they aren't willing to put in the effort. Dressing nicely also seems to be a similar sin, and I'm sure there are a few others I'm guilty of.
dcltdw From: dcltdw Date: February 4th, 2005 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Possibly.

I think ballroom and dressing nicely are in a particular subcategory: sophistication. Are people impressed by someone who makes their own clothes? Probably. But there isn't a superiority complex that comes into play. But if you dress well and dance well, then you might (with some people) skate close to their inferiority complex about not being popular, or handsome/beautiful, or funny/witty/fun to be around, etc etc etc. Depends on the person, of course.

Then again, I don't understand merastra's original point, so perhaps I am hopelessly off-topic.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 4th, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Possibly.

Are people impressed by someone who makes their own clothes? Probably. But there isn't a superiority complex that comes into play.

Funny you should say that, when I said "evidence of my hobbies" on of the things I was thinking about was my knitting. Maybe its a female thing since sewing & knitting are currently considered female passtimes, but I certainly get the same sort of feeling from some people about wearing my own sweaters as I do about the dancing.
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