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    Default Why are you a teacher?

    I thought it might be interesting to explore the motivations we had to become teachers. So, what happened for you… What motivated you to start teaching other people?

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    I started teaching belly dance because twenty years or so ago the woman I was taking lessons from decided she wanted to take lessons from me instead (very flattering). She turned her classes over to me and voila- I was a teacher. I've retired from teaching at least twice, but have been teaching this third time for five and a half years. What motivates me to keep teaching is a love for the dance and a passion for seeing my students blossom.

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    I got asked...first by girls at my High school after a visit form my teacher on "cultural day". I am happy to report they are mostly still dancing post university and one is part of a dance company.
    Then I was asked by two colleges. I refused at first to teach in my town as there was 3 classes already. There is only 1 other now so I agreed this time. As a qualified schoolteacher, I fit certain criteria for working for colleges and laterly they are actually starting to ask about my qaualifications/experience as a belly dancer. Gosh Yipee!
    So I fell into teaching by default, I never meant to. I do much much prefer working with a small group in a semi-private situation and intend that the Tribal class turns into a troupe as this is what they seem to want and that suits me and that's how it should be.

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    I was asked too.

    My first ever class was set up by another local teacher and I taught improver - intermediate level for people in the North West region who wanted an extra push.

    I chose not to teach weekly classes as it did not appeal to me.
    However, I did get asked alot to teach workshops so that is what I did (and still do) and I do enjoy that.

    I was asked again to start teaching monthly for improvers - intermediate level, so I did. It has been very succesful and I enjoy it alot.

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    I was initially asked by another teacher to share her school. She had the moves but I had experience in teaching and designing courses as a trained High School teacher and knowledge about folk styles and history. What's more she wanted to teach "dancers" rather than beginners but realized it was those frustrating beginners (who I was happy tp teach the same things term after term) that made the school pay

    After a few years I began to feel stifled under someone else's vision and with poor health bowed out. When I got back into it, it was filling the weaknesses I could see locally ie I offered small classes with one on one attention; planned classes informed with Middle Eastern culture, history and folk dance; no performance or exam pressure.

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    I started teaching only 7 years ago...i hade been performing at that time for around 20 years...I hade the feeling i could not do ,,new,, things anymore....i was very happy on stage but i felt i hade been to so many country,s did so many many shows was performing dayli all this years ...yes i changed costumes and musics and choreo all the time ...but i felt where do i perform next? i did shows for TV, FILMS ,the rich and famous...in palaces ,for royalty,s ,charity,s tourist,theatre.hotels ,the best places in the world,for children,grandmothers...i felt i did it all...But at the same time i was living in the middle east and was always very worried about keeping my name clean..here bellydancers have a ,,stamp,, and most off the looked at with other toughts then ,,dancing,,so i hade to be very carefull....so i would forever and ever entre my workplace from the backdoor and leave from there after the show...would never talk to any off the geust...or socialize...it left me realy lonely...i was very succesfull as a dancer but on my way home i cry,d many nights because i was alone most of the time....year after year...So when i people ask me to start teaching i was thinking at first i would not have the time..because of my shows.but when i made time for it i realized that it is a great way to be with people and talk and communicate...it was a real treat....so from that time on i kept my classes at first just 2 hours a week and then it was getting to more and more classes...Now i realy have a great time teaching and it is so nice to see students grow and try harder and harder and even do the homework i give them...there is a very nice atmosphere in the class because Dubai is a place from many differant cultures so i have like over 20 differant nationality,s in class and people meet up there and make new friends its realy nice we are all happy to see eachother So teaching for me is very rewarding and i feel i can still ,,grow ,,now because i teach them new stuff all the time...So for me its great and i hope i can do this for many years to come....have a nice day all

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    I'd been dancing for about 4 years when my teacher asked me to help out in her class. Things fell out between us and I decided to look into teacher training as I thought I might be moving to a rural area with no teachers and I didn't feel qualified to teach on the basis of what I had learned to date. 2 years later, here I am, fully qualified & ready to learn more!
    Bellydance in Kyabram!
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    Email kyabrambellydance@gmail.com for more information.

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    I was asked too -
    I didn't think anything of it at the time, it was my two closest friends asking me, and the closest teacher was miles & miles away (I was commuting). So anyway lucky for me my teacher also did Teacher Training back before it was the "thing to do" in bellydance LOL so she started working on me in terms of teaching. I credit her effusively if that's the word I want, Bedia (Sandy) now in Florida. She'd just started teaching Zumba last I talked to her -

    But I love the path teaching's taken me on even tho it's been steep & rocky at times; but it always smoothes out & you get to the most wonderful views

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    I was already a teacher when I was still in high school myself (not belly dance) for stage make-up classes and I really liked it, so I guess I was born a teacher. One day a group of women asked me to teach them belly dance and that's how it started
    I really love the process of people learning things they never thought they could ever learn and seeing them getting fit and happy.

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    At first my first teacher asked me after 2 years of lessons with her to assist her in big crowded classes.
    After started slow by slow with beginers.
    After took a 3 year break as felt that whatever i knew was rubbish.
    And started learning again from the begining.
    When started again to teach, had already a group waiting for me to start.
    Its my life passion, i just cant explain it... its part of my life.

    Maria Aya, Greece

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