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    I started teaching children at the playcentre's where I live, I'd been dancing for 7 years with Khaled, so I knew a bit... the parents of the children saw what they were learning and asked me to teach them.. I said no at first, but Khaled and my husband encouraged me so I did ~ and now have been teaching beginners for 3 years, have my own troupe and we love it, we perform at old peoples homes and school fairs, and do lots of charity work for the Town council, which get's my class used to performing... we have been asked to dance at a couple of shows in 2010 so I think things are looking good.. I still teach the kids in the summer months and they look forward to me comming and of course they love the coin belts and costumes xx

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    I started to teach on purpose.
    I was attending 2 dance classes at the time, but felt i wasnt being pushed enough. I was already doing my own choreographies and dancing solos at haflas, but my teachers, although good friends, wouldnt help me develop more and when i offered them my choreographies pretty much told me to piss off...so thats what i did!
    I started my first class in the small village where i live (and where their was already one other class) but i thought screw it, i dont care about stepping on peoples toes, i need the stimulation and i knew other dancers in the area felt the same...plus the other class was run by one of my ex teachers who said id never get anywhere on my own...so i threw down the gauntlet so to speak. and it worked, my class took off!
    I now teach 4 classes a week including a kids class where the younters are 5years old. and i also teach a dance troup that i set up. I teach arabic fusion style, a mix of egyptian, turkish, balkan, tribal, gypsy music, bhangra...pretty much anything thats got a beat to it ill teach!
    I teach because i love it, passing on an ancient art form especially to the kids gives me pleasure. it also stimulates my mind, creating dances and mastering new moves. But more than that i like to help others and i have many girls who have danced before and felt as i once did, understimulated. so for me its the giving back of what iv learnt that does it.
    Bellybaby x

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    I started teaching because I wanted to share what I had learnt with other people. I love Middle Eastern dance and I really enjoy teahcing it. Once I became confident enough to teach it to other people, it was almost a natural decision. I suppose teaching is an additional way to be more involved with this art form.

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    Default For the love of it!

    I started teaching for the love of the dance...
    but also because after listening to comments from from both teachers and other dancers, I felt there was a real need to teach things from the beginning a certain way.

    There are a lot of teachers out there who show moves - but don't break things down for their students (what is oft referred to as "follow the bouncing butt"), or explain why a movement should be done this way vs. another (injury prevention, form, ćsthetics, etc).

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    It seemed the next logical step for me. I had outgrown my original teacher a long time ago. I had performed as a soloist and a troupe member for years. People kept asking me to teach, but I didn't feel ready and was more focused on performing.

    Well, the troupe I was dancing with at the time got real weird about a lot of things so I ended my involvement with them. There were three teachers in town and after I gave it a lot of thought, I called a dance teacher I have great respect for and asked her opinion about my teaching idea. She was honest with me and said it would have been better if I had ten years as a dancer before teaching. I had eight at that time. She did give me her blessing and told me I had something to offer in my area.

    To fill in the gaps, I took a few courses such as teaching group fitness, got my personal trainer certificate, and got the first aid and cpr stuff done. I looked into copyright law, liability, etc. I watched a ton of belly dance for beginner videos to see different ways material was presented, went to a lot of workshops, read everything I could find, and studied, studied, studied!

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    I started taking bellydance in January 1975. My teacher had a large studio with several teachers (Meara of Dallas, Texas). She started offering teacher training after I had been studying with her for a few of years and had become one of the dancers she sent out on occasional gigs. I took the training although I didn't really plan on teaching at that time since I had a full time career and a family. After that, I subsitute taught whenever any of the regular teachers were out until her studio closed.

    Fast forward to the late 90's when I discovered American Tribal Style. I studied ATS for a few years although I continued to take classes with old friends and workshops with Egyptian teachers brought over by Tambra and Little Egypt. Although I love watching raqs sharqi I don't feel comfortable performing or teaching it because I don't speak Arabic and I feel it is very important to understand the music. It's all about interpreting the music. Anyway, my love of ATS prevailed so I started teaching that and formed my own dance troupe.

    I moved away in 2006 and miss my old dance friends very much. I went to San Francisco and took the FCBD General Skills intensive in 2008. So I have decided to start teaching ATS again.

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    I started teaching because I wanted people to dance with. That simple. There are no schools here nor do I run one, I just work with my little campus troupe. Litte referring to the size of the troupe and the campus. I love the art form and I have been blessed with students who do as well.

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