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    Default Even great teachers have bad students! Or do they?

    Even great teachers have bad students! True or false?

    In another thread, we are talking about some dancers who learned from YouTube. Aside from their poor judgment in starting out with an intermediate ATS course and asking to be hired on as teachers...it sounds like they have decent technical skill. Which is great, and shows that it is indeed possible to learn dance from YouTube.

    I've mostly learned from live teachers, some of the best in the area. Yet, I am not a great dancer. I was working hard to be just OK before I had to cut back on classes, and today my dance skills are very rough and rusty.

    I would hate to tell people who my teachers were now, if they didn't have experience with other students of those teachers. Because I feel my level of dance does not properly represent my teachers' levels of skill in either dancing or teaching.

    So please realize...if a dancer is lacking in some area, it's not necessarily her teacher's fault. Don't rush to judge!

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    By the way, if anyone knows a teacher who has no mediocre students, let me know! Maybe I will travel to study with them!

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    Every teacher will have the student who just "doesn't hear the music" and therefore is never gonna make it. She doesn't however ban her because she's loyal and getting something from the class and how does she tell her not to perform. We are not talking troupe work here. I dance with groups at the oment..people who are keen and all I hope to be able work on strengths. Even the best dancers and teachers have their weaknesses, their pet hates. Your body type can also dictate what you look like. With one exception my students/dance mates are all older and some bigger and therefore non-commercial but she still all want to do it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Even great teachers have bad students! True or false?
    True. Unless you only get into their classes by audition and interview and in-depth psychological assessment, then get weeded out when you fail to cut it.

    But IMO the bad student is the 6 week wonder who goes out and inflicts her clueless self on the GP or teaches (despite great teacher trying to stop her), or the disruptive diva bitching her way round the community, not the student who doesn't have talent or time to work it but still comes to classes and supports haflas for the love of it. She is not a bad student however she dances, she's still a credit to her teacher IMO. It's about more than how you dance.

    Personally I only start wondering about a teacher I've not seen when I see lots of really bad stuff happening with their name on it, not just the odd WTF or meh performance from a student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aniseteph View Post
    True. Unless you only get into their classes by audition and interview and in-depth psychological assessment, then get weeded out when you fail to cut it.

    But IMO the bad student is the 6 week wonder who goes out and inflicts her clueless self on the GP or teaches (despite great teacher trying to stop her), or the disruptive diva bitching her way round the community, not the student who doesn't have talent or time to work it but still comes to classes and supports haflas for the love of it. She is not a bad student however she dances, she's still a credit to her teacher IMO. It's about more than how you dance.

    Personally I only start wondering about a teacher I've not seen when I see lots of really bad stuff happening with their name on it, not just the odd WTF or meh performance from a student.
    You can be a good student and a bad performer/dancer..sadly.

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    "bad" students, please!

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    Liza,

    Tried to rep you but couldnt.


    A long time ago, in a class far, far away, there was a student that simply couldnt hear it, couldnt feel it, couldnt follow instructions and frankly, I hated to watch. She drove the rest of us crazy, and I once declined a group number (which we did have the option to do) simply because it placed me behind her and I couldnt stand to watch her.

    However, she came to class faithfully, did not pursue props and beautiful costumes in lieu of talent nor did she walk around proclaiming that she was a bellydancer. She came to class because it was an hour away from her husband and kids (she had like 7, I swear) and made her feel good about herself. She was a terrible dancer, but she was a good student.

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    Just like bad teachers, there are bad students. Human nature is the same everywhere. Thank God they are in the minority!

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    Quote Originally Posted by da Sage View Post
    Even great teachers have bad students! True or false?
    Heck yes it's true. I'm a perfect example.

    I have studied watercolor painting with a couple of the finest painters currently teaching. I've had TOP QUALITY teaching that other students might be seriously jealous of. I still am a lousy watercolor painter because I don't practice.

    Let's face it -- we teachers can't MAKE our students practice. My day is too short to do everything I want to do, everything I need to do at home, practice dancing and cymbals and music AND practice a watercolor sketch every day!

    My focus is dance. I practice dance sometimes to the exclusion of all else. Other people have family as their focus. Or their church or their job. I don't assume that my students all have dance as their focus. Some of them don't really care if they do it "right" -- they just want some girl time outside of the house. I respect their right to not take it as seriously as I do.

    The ones who don't practice though, don't perform outside of student recitals. Just like I'll never have a watercolor in gallery show or exhibition if I don't practice.

    I don't call myself a bad painter. Not really. I'm just not a good one. I don't have bad students, just some who are good performers and some who MIGHT be good performers when they're ready to take it to the next level

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    Only concern if a teacher does NOT have GOOD students... LOL

    Too many only teach beginner classes.... I wonder why... Tragically many of those i met are just about intermediate themselves!

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