Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Can You Can Can? What You Can Do If You Really Go For It


One hundred years ago the laundry girls of Montmartre invented a street dance which became known as the Can Can. Some dancers love it and some hate it. The audiences, especially the men, love it.

One instructor who teaches this dance commented that dancers do not like the thought of doing the dance if they are having an off day and are tired: "It is difficult; it causes breathlessness; it can be painful. You have to be crazy to volunteer to do this. "

However, some of the staff of Cheltenham Ladies College, an independent girls school in the UK, recently did volunteer to take a crash course in the Can Can by training for two weeks in Paris and for one week back in Cheltenham.

They would be selected and taught by professionals and would do just one performance at their school.

An audition was held at Cheltenham. The staff began by trying to do high kicks. They were amazed at the flexibility of their instructor, Amanda. Then they attempted cartwheels. Some were excellent at this; others needed "a little bit more courage". One lady remarked: "I don't like being upside down; I can't do that kind of thing."

The group were picked for enthusiasm, fitness and personality. These qualities are more important than technical perfection. Janet one of the instructors said: "There is no good being technically perfect if there is no energy."

The instructors promised: "We are going to give it our best shot All we want is that they give it theirs." 3 days of fitness training and running up steps came next in Paris followed by dancing lessons. Eric, one of the instructors, drilled them relentlessly in strength and endurance and flexibility before the dance training began. He constantly prodded them to improve: "Come on you have to do it better."

They had to spend several hours a day of serious stretching and seriously hard physical work. They spent hours and hours of repeating and repeating.One of the Cheltenham ancillary staff, Jackie, lacked concentration. She was told "This is serious. You can't give in every time you feel like it. You have to keep going"

Later Jackie understood what the instructors were getting at. "I realised that I've been a bit of a quitter all my life but now I am trying to work through that".

One of the instructors became a little frustrated by working with amateurs: "I'm used to working with dancers who work for 5 or 6 hours non stop. Their (the staff's) concentration seems to go very quickly"

The volunteer dancers saw some of the best dancers in Paris and were inspired. They had to learn to walk in a sexy way with swinging hips. Some of them found this difficult because of years of inhibition.

After the high kicks they had to learn the famous corkscrew kick which again they found difficult. One member of staff was in tears when she saw herself on video. She felt she looked like an elephant. She was reassured that: "What looks good is your personality not your figure".

Janet, the ballet mistress was, at times, exasperated: "I've never known so many tears. Good grief; we're talking grown women here!" The splits caused even more pain and more injury. Amanda devoted two days to teaching the splits.

She told the teachers to concentrate: "Stop talking and listen. If not you will end up in hospital". She explained that their hands would reach the floor first so that they could control their splits. She also knew that most dancers have to dance with some kind of injury.

Complaints from the Cheltenham staff were not rare. One of them said: "I'm not flexible; it hurts up your back." Another said: "I feel the lowest I've ever felt." Another: "I don't feel prepared enough. I could do with another week of training." One other: "It's been so painful every day!"

The instructors were worried that the staff would be demoralised when they had to dance the Can Can at the correct speed: "We are far from up to speed. When they go fast they may lose it. It can be demoralising when you think you know something and then you don't."

The final performance at the school was only a week away. Another test faced staff: "Had they got the courage to show their new personality in front of their colleagues." There were a lot of nerves. One member of staff feared falling over. Janet told her: "Falling on your ass happens to every one. All you can do to be not embarrassed is to do it smiling"

The performance at Cheltenham was a huge success. The staff had overcome all their problems to put on a great show. Their pupils were astonished at what their teachers had achieved: "The teachers were amazing." said one. Another pupil commented: "We are very proud of our teachers."

The teachers themselves had discovered new depth in their lives. The drama teacher commented: "If I was 4 inches taller I would become a dancer". Another teacher remarked: "It's not quite on a par with giving birth but it's nearly there."

One teacher found the whole experience life changing. Her comment is the reason I have written so much about this Can Can story:

"It's something I'll take to the grave with me. It was a very special moment. I found it life changing. It makes you realize that you can do so many things if you just really go for it. But it can be painful and you have to work really hard."

Resource box

John Watson is an award winning teacher and martial arts instructor. He has recently written two books about achieving your goals and dreams. They can both be found on his website http://www.motivationtoday.com along with a daily motivational message.

The title of the first book is "36 Laws To Ignite Your Inner Power And Realize Your Dreams Now!" The book can be found at this URL: http://www.motivationtoday.com/36_laws.php

You are welcome to publish the article above in your ezine so long as you do not alter it and keep the resource box as it is.


MORE RESOURCES:

Arizona Sports (registration) (blog)

Motivation Monday: What motivates John Gambadoro
Arizona Sports (registration) (blog)
So today is a Motivation Monday and I've been asked to tell people what motivates me. Oh where to start. I think there are a lot of things that motivate me and as I always say in show prep when we begin talking about the day's topics — here is what ...



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Packers guard Lane Taylor benefits from motivation, confidence
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"I was terrible," the amiable Taylor admitted Monday. "I know I can play better than that. That's been the motivation for this." The Packers were so thin in the offensive line a year ago that JC Tretter basically became the No. 1 reserve at five ...



WJTV

Madison Co. Authorities Investigating Retaliation as Motivation Behind ...
WJTV
Madison county authorities have not settled on a motivation for this shooting yet but at least some attention has been turned to an earlier shooting. In that Saturday shooting, Canton Police Chief Otha Brown said a bullet hit the suspect's mother in ...
Shooter kills defendant outside iconic Mississippi courthouseRT

all 638 news articles »


Toward True Health: Finding motivation to change
Savannah Morning News
“Carolyn, I have been sick for years. Acid reflux, diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure and depression are just a few of the many diagnoses. With each illness comes a variety of prescriptions. With each one, side effects. Then even more scripts to ...



MMAjunkie.com

UFC 190 winner 'Bigfoot' Silva found motivation in Mir and Arlovski comebacks
MMAjunkie.com
But I'm training very hard for this fight and Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir give me special motivation, you know? Frank Mir lost four times and Andrei Arlovski had a hard time before. And now they came back. Arlovski has three wins and Frank Mir has two.

and more »


My Twin Tiers.com

Motivation Monday -- Slide Board
My Twin Tiers.com
Motivation Monday -- Slide Board. 08/03/2015 11:45 PM. 08/03/2015 11:46 PM. Motivation Monday -- Slide Board. 08/03/2015 11:46 PM. (18 NEWS) -- This week Andrew learns how to use the slide board. (18 NEWS) -- This week Andrew learns how to use ...

and more »


Tallahassee.com

Deen: No shortage of motivation for Golson, Florida State in 2015
Tallahassee.com
After playing only two seasons at Notre Dame before transferring to FSU this summer as a graduate student, new Florida State quarterback Everett Golson knows what's at stake for him at this point in his career. The 2015 season is one of Golson's final ...

and more »


Michronicleonline

Monday motivation 8/3
Michronicleonline
some-monday-motivation-eric-thomas-as-bad-as-. “Thank God it's Monday!” The weekend is over and it's time to get your work week started. If you are in need of some Monday motivation, ET's “Outlast the Pain” video will help you. My favorite quote for ...



Leicester Mercury

Founder of Navitas says award gave him motivation
Leicester Mercury
The winner of last year's Young Business Executive of the Year award has said his success gave him even more motivation. Ben Gardner is the founder of food safety management business, Navitas Digital Food, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester. The firm ...

and more »


SBS

Suarez has extra motivation, says Barca boss Enrique
SBS
"This year he has the extra motivation of starting the competition from the beginning. He has done a very good pre-season in every match he played. "He has just confirmed what we know when we signed him last season, he is a top player devoted to the ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.