I am so glad the weekend is over. I was woken up at 9:15am on Saturday (after leaving the milonga the night before at 2am) with a work-related phone class. I left work at 11:30pm that night. Needless to say, I missed the follower’s technique class that afternoon. But now I have a small break in the hectic pace at work, which means more energy to devote to the rest of my life.
Both milongas were great this weekend. As the second song of the tanda came on, we settled into the embrace. “X said that you are a wonderful dancer; I think so, too.” This from a leader I last danced with about 9 months ago. Lovely. Another leader I dance with regularly told me, “I was watching you in the mirror, and I noticed that I need to give you more time.” Awesome! This from a leader with great musicality but who sometimes rushes me. A whole host of leaders ended each song with a big smile for me, one which I happily returned. It was a good weekend.
I also had a thought about classes. As a follower, I want classes that focus on universal technique. I am craving improvement in my embrace, my walk, all those little things that make me enjoyable in any leader’s arms. I want to feel good to my partner, any partner. I want my leaders to take classes that deal with this kind of technique as well, but they also need to learn how to confidently lead different steps. I get tired of class after class that teach steps, but I know that leaders need to know how to properly lead a cross, an ocho, a volcada, … whatever it is they want to lead on the dance floor. And classes, even ones that teach technique, often focus on these steps. I want a whole class that is all about embrace. And a class that is all about how to be grounded but light. And a class that teaches how to walk smoothly and clearly. Classes where we rotate often and give lots of feedback. This is the kind of improvement I am craving.