When I was talking about my tango cravings last week, I shared some of my thoughts about taking classes. How I want classes that really speak to followers as much as leaders. I missed the two follower technique classes that happened here in the recent past, much to my dismay. I was reminded by Ms. Hedgehog’s recent post that most group classes are not particularly helpful to followers who have progressed beyond a certain level. I find most of my progress happening in practicas.
Korey Ireland is going to be here soon, teaching workshops. The emails and flyers announcing his visit included one thing that I truly appreciate: A list of classes that is more than cryptic titles, that actually includes concrete goals – and a promise to pay attention to both leaders and followers. The classes (and their goals):
High definition tango-Articulation Goal: Controlling the texture of each movement to express the music
Rediscovering the cross Goal: Developing expressive variations and improved technique for the followers cross
Lyrical and rhythmic volcadas Goal: Translating the music with her legs
Single axis turns Goal: Discovering unusual and potentially heartstopping things that can happen when both partners share an axis
Musical variations with acceleration Goal: Leads finding double time and syncopa and followers response to both the music and lead
Dynamic Waltz Goal: Recognizing and utilizing the rhythmic resources of vals for energetic, compact social dancing
Strong emphasis will be given to both lead and follow
Have any of you followers taken classes with Korey Ireland? These do look promising, and I am curious to hear if followers feel that his classes are worthwhile. Whether or not I attend any or all of these classes, I am excited to see what his attention to musicality will do for our local leaders – and what what makes it into our practicas!