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Hospitality: You must develop a desirable relationship with your student(s). Training: You must be able to decipher how your student learns and follow that method of teaching. Encouragement: You must be firm and consistent in your instruction, but you must also provide enthusiastic and uplifting feedback when your student performs well. Inspiration: For students who become engrossed in dancing you should share how hard it was for you to get started and how rewarding it was to master progressively challenging levels of dancing.
I provide service totally tailored to your needs. Whether it's for Private, Group, Semi-Private or Corporate Events I will arrange our services to suite your schedule and budget.
I learned the hard way when I began learning to dance that many offering dance lessons in the DFW Metroplex are simply better than average social dancers who are not properly qualified to provide effective dance instruction. Proper dance instruction is easy to follow and based on teaching standards professionals have to learn through extensive teacher training and accreditation.
If a studio or instructor has nothing to conceal or embellish they will provide a FREE consultation including demonstrations of dance and instruction. I was a certified buyer in my previous career. Having learned from formal training in my previous career if I was just starting out I would now seek no less than three consultations if I was planning to embark on a quest to learn how to dance.
There are many "charlatans" in this business who are not well trained and will say anything to get you to purchase lessons. Some consider themselves professionals, but most earn a living doing something other than dance and just "teach" dance to supplement their income. I am an accredited dance instructor. Teaching dance is all I do to earn a living. If I'm not good at what I do I don't eat!
It is with very few exceptions that even the most seasoned professional dance instructor doesn't need coaching and refresher tests. Competition drives most innovations in the partner dancing business. If you are not active in professional competition as I am you should be taking coaching lessons from top professionals as I do to stay abreast of such innovation.
Set a goal for yourself. I always encourage students to establish and change when necessary a goal of what they want to accomplish. It can be as simple and specific as, "I want to learn how to Swing dance" or as comprehensive and general as, "I want to become a proficient social or competitive dancer',
Originally I just wanted to become a proficient social dancer. However I experienced through a series of events that I not only enjoy the talent and athleticism of DanceSport I really enjoy teaching as well.
In addition to the fulfillment of practicing my craft I do enjoy meeting and working with a diverse mix of people from all walks of life and professions.
My greatest strength is tailoring my instruction to match my studentís way of learning and level of ability.
Some of my best students have been "empty nesters" (pre or post retired) who never would have pictured themselves dancing, but wanted to "just try it" anyway. They not only discovered they could do well it added a whole new dimension to their lives and personality.
I trained one of my long term
clients in International Latin ChaCha and Rumba and
prepared her for competition in
As can be witnessed by watching the format change in the prime time show, Dancing With The Stars performance ballroom dancing is gravitating toward bringing in other forms of dance such as jazz, contemporary and hip hop in which I also have experience.
Two of the hardest questions for novice instructors to answer yes to without simply lying: Have you ever had to live on an income provided solely on teaching dance? Have you ever been tested by a dance certification organization? Most other questions such as years teaching or dancing are open to interpretation and embellishment. Also ask if the instructor has been trained to TEACH dance.† Relying solely on an impressive competition record is not indicative of teaching skills. Individuals can do well in competition, but that does not prepare them to be good instructors. Just because someone does well in spelling bees or math exams does not mean they're prepared to teach those subjects in formal institutions.
Don't just jump-in and begin learning a bunch of patterns and dances. The two most important skills you will need to learn and develop are choosing and memorizing syllabi and dance technique. Seek training from someone who has been taught to be an instructor not just a professional or amateur dancer.