Yeah, it's a big deal in my mind! I'm instigating an event to try to get casino rueda kicked off in Seoul in some way that I can fit into.
A friend of mine that I met through my blog, Hyun Pil Hwan (AKA: Pillhwan), has a dance studio and he's a very progressive and open minded guy (and a good dancer too). He's graciously offered to host the workshop, for free, at his studio on Saturday, 4-6 pm, July 25.
His studio is absolutely gorgeous. It's also only about 3 or 4 minutes from the the Yangjae subway station. The only requirement we've set for attending the workshop is that you already know your basic salsa steps. We'll take it from there.
When I say 'we', I'm referring to me, Suki, Neon and Michelle.
Suki referrs to the teacher and ladyfriend of mine who I know from Seattle. She's one of the reuda gals I knew back in the states. She surprised me a few months ago when I discovered that she was coming over here to teach English and, as it turned out, she teaches just a bit 'up the road' from me. She's actually a little closer to Seoul than I am. She's a bit rusty on her rueda but she's got a lot of it in her head and she said she'll participate and help as much as she can.
Neon is a Korean fellow who has a small circle of friends who have been doing rueda on their own for awhile here in Seoul. His group isn't big but he does have a good style and dances regularly.
Michelle is a young lady in the www.korealatinandsalsa.com group with me. She's very open minded and loves kizomba and rueda too. She's helping me review and practice the patterns that I used to know and she'll no doubt be a big assist at the actual workshop.
If we have any success at this workshop at all, I'm hoping we can do it again later.....bigger and better. And eventually get Jorge Elizanda or Nick Van Eyck or Sandra Sleeper or some other 'name brand' instructor over here to teach us.
Here's a letter wherein I've come up with a fairly 'final' list of the patterns I'm going to try to cover. I wanted to find videos of all the patterns but couldn't, or haven't yet. If you see any here that you know where I can find a video of, I'd sure like to have the URL for the video. I'm trying to make it as easy and painless as possible for people to attend the workshop. We've got a lot of good salsa dancers in Seoul but rueda hasn't really taken much of a hold here yet.
Here's the letter/list: