From Wikipedia: “The Peter Principle is a special case of a ubiquitous observation: anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails.”
See also: my ability to dance the rumba. I fear that up until recently I may have been coasting on my previous dance experience plus Daniel’s savant-like ability to remember choreography. But today we started a new rumba routine, having been competing with the same one for probably a couple of years. The new routine is gorgeous but it’s a huge jump up in difficulty. In particular, it contains a lot of turns. Turns are my nemesis but Eddie is big on rotation as a way of creating impact on the floor, so I will have to get on board. The new routine contains: one underarm turn, one spiral, one 3-step turn, one telemark, and two or three chainés–and we’re not even finished with it. Until today, I did not know what a telemark was nor that they were used in the rumba. Eddie also put in an alemana originally, and then took it out for now because I could not get my head around it. It’s definitely a more challenging application.
I would by no means say that I have failed but since I’m accustomed to things coming somewhat easy, I did get a little impatient. I know it’ll come; I just wish it would come a little FASTER. Eddie & Daniel insist on laughing at me when I get impatient, which is (believe it or not) helpful. Daniel is a big believer in learning the steps and then polishing the technique (sensible!), whereas I want to learn everything at once and do it well right away. Cases in point:
So today’s lesson was ostensibly about the rumba but really about not taking myself too seriously. And maybe about wearing safety equipment when learning new choreography.