It was my first Followlogie and it was a pleasure to see the return of this event which offers a particular platform for the follower’s role. I especially liked the classes and thought the teachers were very inspiring. I fell in love with Latasha! I thought the schedule was well balanced with classes, performances, competitions and dances. The Saturday night band was a great discovery for me and the dance evenings were a lot of fun. I can not wait to see what’s next year brings!
Promote the Followers and Women’s experience
Welcome to Followlogie!
It’s around a coffee between friends that Followlogie was born. Véronique Paquet was coming out of her last experience with Quebec Swing Rendez-Vous, and Dominique brought fresh ideas to the table as she traveled a lot as a teacher all over the world. The idea behind Followlogie was to confirm to followers that it is possible to take up space, explore, create and share with your partner on the music. Followlogie also wanted women to experience more egalitarian experiences and recognize their contributions to the community. In 2008, it was innovative to distinguish the follower’s role from the female gender!
Followlogie has had the chance over the years to have headliners such as Jo Hoffberg, Evita Arce and Annie Trudeau, who have contributed a lot to the event’s color as we know it today. In addition, the passage of Nina Gilkenson, Carla LaRue Heiney and Frida Segerdahl, among others, powerful and strong followers, have also left their mark in student’s imagination. These teachers gave us great lessons through their teachings and generosity in panel discussions and performances.
After 4 beautiful editions always more extraordinary year after year, Dominique took a long 5 years break to focus on her growing family. Sensing that Followlogie’s unique perspective was still a very needed subject in our dance community, Dominique came back with Followlogie in 2018, supported by Didier Jean-François and a team stronger than ever. Always with the same mission highlighting the followers autonomy and the strength of the woman, all that in an inclusive and open-minded context.
An inclusive space
Followlogie’s classes are designed to be very accessible, inclusive and to meet different skill levels.
Teachers pay particular attention to offer adapted classes contents challenging for all levels and allow good shared experiences between students.
Requirements to attend classes in the couple track however are that you covered and to be socially comfortable with the basics figures, the rhythms and basic forms, such as the rhythms in 6 and 8 counts, Swing Out, Lindy Circle, Tuck Turn, Charleston, and other basic moves.
A Space to define yourself
Solo classes : Working your own helps you develop your individuality, you dancer identity, diversifies and deepens your dancer skills. Here, the leader/follower’s role become less important. However, this whole classes range is applicable to couple dancing as well as to solo dance! Developping your language and moving your own body, it also means to push your passion and your art, to ask yourself questions about what you do. All that helps you become more empowered so your dance expresses who you are at its best!
Couple classes: Focusing and putting more emphasis on couple dancing elements, especially keeping in mind the follower’s perspective, it allows us to communicate better together. Leaders are very involved in these classes, they are learning a lot too! A space to exchange, communicate and get empowed for everyone, in more egalitarian dance relationships.
The Discovery Track: Whether it’s to discover a teacher, a dance style or a challenging choreography, these classes will spice up your experience and fuel your creativity!
An Educational Space
Whether it is through invited instructors role models, the discussions exchanged during the discussion panel or the invited artists journeys, Followlogie calls you to think. We want relationships between roles, gender and people to be more equal regardless of their identity. We also want the place and contributions of women to be more recognized and present in the community as active members. It is by exchanging all together that we can find ways to make it happen!
This is what you say about our event
We need the feedbacks of our partners, so as a lead, going to Followlogie is exactly the place where we can actually enable our partners to test things out, where we can lead some of the moves or lead some of the things we have learned and we can get good feedbacks on them. This is the exact way how we can learn how to be better leaders!
Yamaç Özdil, Montréal
Followlogie is a great event, a great initiative that benefits everyone. I participated in 3 editions, I learned how to be a better listenner to my follow and understand more how to be comfortable and clear while dancing. As a lead, take the time to get to know what the role of follow requires, you will gain a lot from it!
Vincent Trudelle, Québec
Glad this event is back, it’s a model that I find really fun!