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    Quote Originally Posted by CottonAnatomy View Post
    I'm currently looking into finding another teacher so I can take classes twice a week instead of just once. This last class my teacher said, after about 4 months of classes once a week, I had pretty much learned all the moves she knows , at this point it's just perfecting them and practicing layers and such...
    I takeclasses from two different teachers of egyptian dance- one is "Orientale or Raqs Sharqi", very technical. This class pushes me very much but it is not my preferred style. the other one is more baladi and is teaching us about interpretation, and other essentials that are not related to learning choreographies, but which are vital.

    Incidentally, both have been dacing for 14 years, and both sometimes share with us that there are moves that they are still working on.

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    Believe it will be beneficial on a number of levels, just normally a matter of finding time and money.

    Each instructor will generally teach what works well for them. This will give an opportunity to try different moves.

    Each instructor has different eyes. They may catch something that the first one did not see.

    Think over the course of the last year I have had at least five instructors do to my shifting schedules.

    Not to sound too Zen, but the best way to learn to perform is to perform. At the beginning, think a few simple moves done well should be all you need to get started. (Of course, practice-practice-practice helps. )

    Always thought be cool to do low pressure drum/dance meetings once a month or so just to build up that confidence.

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    On Monday one teacher said my hips were lovely in Egyptian walk but I was too bouncy. On Tuesday techer 2 said I could bounce my hips more.

    Actually both wre right because on Tuesday I was concentrating on advice from Teacher one, but it shows that different teachers will look at things from different angles, and you need a rounded view of your dancing

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    On Monday one teacher said my hips were lovely in Egyptian walk but I was too bouncy. On Tuesday techer 2 said I could bounce my hips more.

    Actually both wre right because on Tuesday I was concentrating on advice from Teacher one, but it shows that different teachers will look at things from different angles, and you need a rounded view of your dancing
    This is totally true, but it really shows how positive it is to take classes with different teachers. If you only studied with one, you'd end up only having one perspective on your dancing to take into account. This way, you have lots of views to consider, and you can decide what works best for you.

    I just finished a major workshop where we all critiqued each other's work. The critique I received was often completely contradictory from person to person (e.g. one person says my movements are too strong, another says they're too soft). It was cool to be able to take it all in and then make a decision and act on it.

    I think taking classes with more than one teacher is a very good way to enhance your learning and pick up new ideas a little quicker. As for getting to performance level-- take it as it comes. Perform at student events like haflas and parties first and see where it goes from there

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    I actively encourage my students to attend other classes, as indeed I benefit by the fact that if they find my way their way they will gravitate to me more.
    The only snag as a teacher is when you are faced with " well ,,,, says it is this way " etc , here we enter the grey lands of teaching bellydance.
    Every one it is different everyone has their way of getting things across, some work better for some people than others.

    For me the deal is to aknowledge the differences and not slip into my way or the highway route.

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    I agree with the others when they say that it is good to learn from different teachers. It is better to attend 2 classes a week, rather then alternating, plus attend workshops. Learning from different teachers will broaden your horizons and help you choose what you like the best. It will also help you create your own style, as you will take input from various sources and then adapt it to suit your personality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minervabellydancer View Post
    I was wondering what people thought about taking more than one bellydance class at the same time. Like for example, going to two different studios with two different teachers during the week, alternating between the two. I've been dancing for years on and off, and just earlier this year in Feb. started taking classes on a regular basis. I guess you could say I'm intermediate level. The reason is that I want to get more out of it, so that I can get to performance level. Any thoughts would be helpful.
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    I always advocate more than one class. I do try to encourage my students to go to other teachers, and lots of them do. I feel it's important to take from each teacher what most suits you, as an individual, rather than becoming a carbon copy of the teacher. This though, is sometimes unavoidable, and sometimes you see a dancer and you just know who their teacher is. Loyalty to a teacher is both touching and perturbing. I feel very flattered that my students choose to stick with me, but also feel that they need to have more input from other teachers' styles. I would hate to think I danced exactly like my teacher. But then I never got that deeply ensconced when I was a student...but spread my wings very early on and did my best to develop outside of a class situation.

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