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    V.I.P. lizaj's Avatar
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    Brillian. A member here and one on Bhuz has told me about the monkey survey tool so I am off to discover and also other ways to deliver.
    I have no hidden agenda folks
    I am looking at wether or not people can teach to another level other than beginner or mixed, wether training scemes are having an impact, wether teacher specify a style and which seems to be the prevelent, the balance of employed/self employed.

    PS email me at jarrett(underscore)liz(at)hotmail(dot)com if you prefer. But meantime off to look at monkey.!
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    1.Do you advertise as teacher of a specific style of belly dance?More than one? they are advertised as belly dance/oriental dance
    2.Do you teach more than one level?four levels: L1:beginner basics, L2:beginner 2, L3:intermediate, L4:advanced, and a drills/conditioning class(L1-4) Sometimes classes are mixed or in between levels, so I advertise them as 'L2/3' for instance
    3.Do you have performance troupe? no
    4.Do you drill technique every class? there is some technique in every class, the drills/conditioning is most drill-heavy
    5.When or if do you teach choreography? it depends on the term and group, we sometimes do improv, sometimes choreo, sometimes in between
    6.When or if do you teach impovosation? see 5
    7.Do you follow a specific "school-method" eg Suhalia,JWAAD,FCBD?no, but I use elements of methods that I find helpful eg. some of Suhaila's technique drills for layering
    8.Do you offer extra specialist workshops?yes
    9.Do you teach another dance?no
    10.If so is it within existing BD class or seperately?
    11.Do you change your "curriculum" to suit students?yes, a bit, beginner basics is pretty standard mostly, but I do look at the students' needs/what they have already learned/where their interests are when making a class plan for the next term
    12.Do you teach day-time or evening or both evening, tried a day-time class before but did not have enough enrolments
    13.Are you self-employed or employed?parttime self-employed, parttime employed in IT
    14.Is belly dancng your sole income? (dancing and or performing or allied business)no
    15.Which country are you in?germany

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    1.Do you advertise as teacher of a specific style of belly dance?More than one? "Middle Eastern Nightclub Style"
    2.Do you teach more than one level? Yes, beginners, intermediate, intermediate-advanced & open level classes.
    3.Do you have performance troupe? Yes
    4.Do you drill technique every class? Oh yes
    5.When or if do you teach choreography? I focus primarily on short combinations as a way of showing newcomers how to get from one movement to the next. More advanced classes sometimes learn an entire choreography to assist with memory skills, then they're asked to perform it solor or in small groups to work on performance skills.
    6.When or if do you teach impovosation? At the advanced level
    7.Do you follow a specific "school-method" eg Suhalia,JWAAD,FCBD? No.
    8.Do you offer extra specialist workshops? Yes
    9.Do you teach another dance ? No.
    10.If so is it within existing BD class or seperately?
    11.Do you change your "curriculum" to suit students? If my beginner class is filled with more intermediate level beginners then we'll kick it up a notch...but the curriculum is the same.
    12.Do you teach day-time or evening or both Both
    13.Are you self-employed or employed? Self-employd
    14.Is belly dancng your sole income? (dancing and or performing or allied business) Yes and I am currently supporting my family with only my income.
    15.Which country are you in? USA

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    14.Is belly dancng your sole income? (dancing and or performing or allied business) Yes and I am currently supporting my family with only my income.
    Gia is my hero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Gia is my hero.
    I saw the same thing and thought the same thing! Fantastic! What an inspiration!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gisela View Post
    I saw the same thing and thought the same thing! Fantastic! What an inspiration!
    OMG...you're seriously both going to make me cry!
    Thank you!
    I had the luxury of earning a nice living in the creative arts for years (I was working in TV, for magazines and newspapers out of college, then spent a decade as a sculptor and sculpting teacher) and being supported by my husband's income so I didn't have to worry if I was 'making enough'.
    But my husband lost his job last January and so...it was time for the tough to get going. I put all my effort into making my talent work FOR me and I've been blessed with regular performances, bookings and consistently filled classes.
    It's been an exceedingly difficult year of 15 hour days, 6 days a week...but...we're 'ok' and holding out hope that, this year, a great job will come along for hubby!
    Thank you...truly...for saying that...
    And...sorry for momentarily hijacking this thread!

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    Gia, you inspire me! Best of luck to the hubby with work, and congratulations on your success!
    Bellydance in Kyabram!
    Skype classes a specialty.
    Email kyabrambellydance@gmail.com for more information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darshiva View Post
    Gia, you inspire me! Best of luck to the hubby with work, and congratulations on your success!
    Ditto!

    Liz I would answer your questions but I don't teach, interesting thread!
    ~Mosaic
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    Hi all
    I have had 15 responses..a small sample but it does give me somehting to get my teeth into. I'd love that to double.
    I've looked at survey mnkey and I don't think it would allow for some of the open ended comment I'm getting and which is useful so I may just plough on this way.
    I am aware that samples need to be big and I am looking at putting it into our magazine and maybe contacting othe organisations. The thing is then...what to do with what I find out.
    If you think it's useful I will report back on trends although plough on until I have a fair sized sample.
    Again thanks it's interesting reading and any more?

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    1.Do you advertise as teacher of a specific style of belly dance?More than one? I advertise what I teach as "bellydance" -- then tell students they are learning basic movement families that are interpreted differently depending on the style, which I will demonstrate in class on occasion. I also give "homework" assignments that ask students to look at several video examples of a particular style (I change the style every session) but most don't do this. If I had a group of students at an intermediate level, I would offer instruction in tribal fusion, ITS and American Caberet
    2.Do you teach more than one level? I teach basics (drilling fundamentals), Level 1 (beginner choreographies + technique drills), and a company class (intermediate/advanced). I have tried to offer a Level 2/Intermediate class, but rarely have enough takers.
    3.Do you have performance troupe? Yes
    4.Do you drill technique every class? Yes
    5.When or if do you teach choreography? At all levels above basic
    6.When or if do you teach impovosation? It is part of intermediate classes, but it scares about half of my students away I talk a lot about musical structure and musicality in my company classes, and work in some space for improv in our practice choreographies and some of the troupe members have embraced improv, but others are terrified of it.
    7.Do you follow a specific "school-method" eg Suhalia,JWAAD,FCBD? No; I "borrow" instructional techniques from all over -- if I think it will help students understand something, I use it
    8.Do you offer extra specialist workshops? I don't know if I'd call them specialist, but I do half-day workshops either to learn a whole dance at once or for introductions to various props (veil, cane, etc.)
    9.Do you teach another dance ? No
    10.If so is it within existing BD class or seperately?
    11.Do you change your "curriculum" to suit students? Yes and no. I do have lesson plans for every class and I try really hard to stick to them, especially for choreography classes, but if students are stuck on a move, I will spend more time on it, whereas if they're getting it, I might throw in an extra layer or complication
    12.Do you teach day-time or evening or both both
    13.Are you self-employed or employed? self-employed for dance instruction; employed for my day job which has nothing to do with dancing
    14.Is belly dancng your sole income? (dancing and or performing or allied business)No
    15.Which country are you in?
    US

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