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    Default is more than one teacher at once ok?

    Is it ok to go to more than one teacher at a time - is that unethical or rude or something?

    I have been going to a teacher through the city adult education. I like her, can see from the posts in other threads that she does not know everything, but I like her. She holds recitals with her own students and independent troupes, other teacher's groups, independent performers, etc so I get to learn how to overcome my performance nerves and I get to see lots of styles and performers.

    I think I like some of the styles from the other teachers at the recital much better but their classes are at a time I cannot attend.

    I just found a belly dance studio in my town and decided to try it too. So far, dancers from this studio do not attend the recitals that my teacher holds.

    Is it ok to go to my original teacher and to the new studio? I get something different from each of them.

    Neither one seems to teach about the music (like what is this song about, what style it is, etc) or zills and they seem to have different styles of dance and techniques but both do focus on warmups, body positioning, avoiding injury, etc.

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    I have had 2 teachers at once for most of the time, some people find it difficult to keep things separate as all teachers can/do teach things a little differently I have found. My teachers know I go to both classes and they are fine, they actually know each other as most Prof dancers/teacher do around here.

    All my teachers have encouraged their students to learn from others or try them out .. except one, my very first teacher, but she also hated it if we bought any dance wear etc from other places and not her, she would always say oh that is probably made in China so it isn't genuine, even if you did/could prove it was from Egypt for instance, she was OK as a teacher, just had funny ways
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    I think it's great to have more than one teacher. There are many different perspectives on BD, as well as different talents in different teachers. More instruction is always better, IMO.

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    If I had the money, the time and more teachers in the area where I live I know I would have more than 2, each teacher has taken me that bit further along the road and I love them all.
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    I currently have three bellydance teachers (well, two individuals, and one group), just all at the same studio. The main teacher lets those of us not in her advanced or advanced intermediate hang in the back and jump in, doing what we can do, and learning what we can. My friend and I arrive in time to catch the last thirty minutes of her class, no charge. She's a sweetheart. After the last half-hour of her class, I go to my beginner-intermediate class with my main teacher. Her class is slower paced, and I feel I do better in there because it is hard to keep up in the advanced (yeah, I know, d'uuuuuuh, of course it is! ). After one hour with my main teacher, I then go to my last class, the ATS class. There are four girls in there who form our studio's ATS troupe, Bella Fire.

    I love all my teachers and classes, and try to learn as much as I can from them. IMO, if you give your teacher respect in class, she shouldn't be offended by your taking lessons from another one. You can learn something different and new from each one.

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    I know there trachers who give off vibes/even say you should not seek out more tuition.
    I've news for them. They do not own you. You have the free will to chose. You pay them!
    I would advise a student to stay with one teacher for a term or two before chosing to add another class unless of course you really do have a problem with your first teacher.
    I do think it's not a good idea to add another style of bellydance (say Turkish when you have an Egyptian style teacher to begin with ) for at least a year.
    But it is very difficult to give exact time scales. Some students are ready for more before others. Some students treat classes as a social occassion and have no intentions of going anywhere else but for those eager to learn a different/another teacher is not just desirable but essential.
    And do remember to ask your teacher lots of awkward questions about what she has learnt and importantly is still learning

    Yes I am a teacher.

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    I dont think there is anything wrong with it as long as Liz says above you dont conflict with another style so early on in dancing learning.
    I have one teacher who i see every week and who i seek advice from etc but I do also go to monthly workshops with another teacher (but my teacher attends those too so dont feel bad). I personally would find it a struggle even just studying egyptian to have 2 constant teachers but i am sure it works for others.
    I personally would find it hard not being confused by things if one teacher did one thing one way and another did it another way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizaj View Post
    I do think it's not a good idea to add another style of bellydance (say Turkish when you have an Egyptian style teacher to begin with ) for at least a year.
    But it is very difficult to give exact time scales.
    This is a very good point. It's good to be keen, but until you have a handle on the basics, and some sort of grasp of what makes the different styles what they are, it could make things harder.

    It isn't rude or unethical to go to more than one teacher, as long as you don't end up with conflicting commitments like not being able to go to teacher A's rehearsals because you are going to B's class, and don't bring teacher B's teaching into A's classroom. "Oh, B says you should do this move like this, not like that".

    Some teachers don't see it that way of course - be aware that a few might and take it as a personal slight, or have ongoing drama with other teachers/studios .

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    hmmm so i guess what y'all are saying is I shouldn't be going to the Egyptian class or the Bollywood workshop after 2 months of classes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GypsyStacey View Post
    hmmm so i guess what y'all are saying is I shouldn't be going to the Egyptian class or the Bollywood workshop after 2 months of classes?
    No no -- first of all Bollywood is a completely different kind of dance. It would be like taking bellydance and then also taking a tap dance class. Don't sweat the Bollywood workshop

    It CAN be confusing for newbies if one teacher instructs in a radically different fashion than another one. CAN be -- doesn't have to be.

    Just separate out the class content. For Monday's class, do as Monday teacher instructs. For Thursday's class, do as Thursday's teacher instructs. Keep the content separate for a bit, and don't try to apply what Monday teacher says to Thursday teacher's class -- FOR NOW. Later, when you're more comfortable with it all, you can analyze both classes and see what works for you.


    Now what I don't want is someone performing MY group choreographies at public events sponsored by another instructor, without my permission. I have a name and a reputation to uphold. I don't want my choreographies being performed in a porn shop or my name mentioned in association with a strip tease night or anything of that sort.

    Plus, I have personally been a part of 2 troupes at once, and it's difficult to divide your energy. I think PERFORMING with one teacher is a better idea, but STUDYING with many can be very very helpful.

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