MEET KOREY IRELAND!

Korey Ireland has spent the last 15 years teaching and dancing tango internationally. He is known for his musicality, grace, passion, and adaptability. He will be in the Philadelphia area  for one night only, November 19th, teaching two wonderful workshops at our studio. For dancers, “Super Compact Spiraling Turns” from 7:30pm-8:30pm. For muscians, “Parilla Toolkit: the primary resources in creating music for dancers” from 9:15pm-10:30pm. Come learn! Come dance!

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Burlington, Iowa. Moved to Kansas City at age 3.

HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER TANGO?

I was studying flamenco dance and a friend (who played guitar for flamenco classes) started playing in a tango band. He kept telling me to come check it out, but the gig was the same night as the flamenco class. One week class was cancelled, I went to the milonga, my friend’s girlfriend drug me out on the dance floor and gave me a “crash” course, and my fate was sealed. I signed up that night for a full weekend of workshops the next week and for the next 5 years every week I was in town, I was at that milonga.

ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO TANGO?

Patience! Find things to enjoy/celebrate that are already part of your tango experience. My experience in tango is a continuing process. The good news is it just keeps getting better, the bad news is, sometimes that involves realizing how far we have to go, where we are in the process, and what obstacles are slowing things down.

CAN YOU DESCRIBE TANGO IN 3 WORDS?

Probably not…but I can give you 3 words that seem significant for me in tango: awareness, expression, relation…not necessarily in that order.

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT EXCHANGING ROLES?

Humility, respect for the other side, the chance to laugh at ourselves…also the chance to recognize the shared goals.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?

The people.

SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TANGO TEACHER?

Connections in my own body and how to share/reveal those to my partner. Different ways of accessing/expressing tango music. Strengthening my awareness and intuition of my partners body. Embrace. Walking.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TANGO SONG/ORQUESTRA?

I can’t really answer that in an honest way, there are so many songs that I love and part of what I cherish about tango is not needing to chose just one :). Lately, I’ve come to love songs that I previously didn’t connect with like “Fueron Tres Años” from Varela, and songs that were immediately likable, but seemingly less substantial like “Buscandote,” from Fresedo. I’m in a Laurenz phase right now as a dancer, and am awaiting the imminent rise in popularity of “Yo Quiero Cantar un Tango.”

WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES TANGO) DO YOU ENJOY?

Bandoneon, food, exploring new places, spending time with friends, superhero movies 😛

IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?

I think I’d start a “tango center” and offer residencies to dancers, musicians and thinkers that I enjoy and admire.

WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?

Some tango colleagues have the game of “super powers” the remarkable and innate gifts that each of us have…one has super punctuality, another and infallible sense of direction…it turns out my super power is my unwavering capacity to eat dessert. It may not sound like an extraordinary gift, but its brought me a great deal of happiness 🙂

More conventional answers might include travel fellowships, professional accolades in music and film scoring, or my first career (age 10) as a juggler, but I think the dessert thing says more about me.

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