I worked with a student recently who had difficulty following. She, like many followers, often “missed” leads but recognized the disconnect between the lead and her movement. She just couldn’t figure out what was going wrong and how to fix it.
The problem is this: she was not following through. In other words, the leader initiated her into a given movement, but she didn’t finish it, and by not finishing it to its end, she did not establish the proper connection to get a clear lead into the next movement.
Followers, something to keep in mind: everything you do should end in compression or extension. If you don’t feel either of these, you haven’t finished the movement you started. You need to continue moving in the same direction until you feel either compression or extension. Once you have compression or extension, you’ll be able to more easily feel what the next lead is. And remember: your job is to finish the movement that the leader started; it is not to worry about the next pattern.