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    I've never heard of 4hr monthly classes. If that was my only option I would do it, but much prefer the 1hr to 1.5hr classes weekly and I really look forward to those classes - waiting for a month for the next class I'd go stir crazy. I think even the teacher would be exhausted doing a 4hr class so wonder about the quality, let alone in my case being able to keep going for 4 hrs. A WS is fine but classes not so sure.
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    Mariyam, are you talking about a PRIVATE monthly class, compared to a weekly group class? I think it would change my answer.

    I think it depends on what point you're at. I don't do weekly classes at the moment, as there aren't many to choose at the level I need to learn at, and sadly basic scheduling/location conflicts make it hard to attend. I prefer private classes to focus in on particular things I'm trying to learn.

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    Weekly or monthly??? Geeeeee... how about... daily!?

    Regular practice is the only way to get good at something. The more often you do it, the better. Weekly classes are already not enough. Unfortunately, it is as much as a lot of teachers can offer and as much as a lot of students can afford.

    I would never in a million years forgo a weekly class for a 4-hour monthly class. Absolutely not. Doing BOTH could be a good idea, if logistically feasible and affordable, and I am essentially doing that for most of this year, by taking my weekly belly dance lessons and supplementing them with long workshops about once a month.

    4-hour monthly classes are better than nothing if that's all that is available to you for whatever reason, or if you are very advanced and the only regular classes available are too low-level for you and you can't afford a private class every week. Certain dancers (usually more advanced ones) can get a lot out of them, so I am certainly not saying they are worthless. However, the more often you can have classes, the better.

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    If faced with your choices, I'd opt for the weekly classes, daily practice, and maybe an occasional four hour class if that is an option.

    I flat refuse to teach a class that lasts less than ninety minutes. With just an hour, something gets neglected: warm up, cool down, substantive instruction. I would love to take a four hour workshop a month- but that would be in addition to weekly classes and daily practice and not instead of.
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    For me, I'd rather do shorter more frequently- I'm planning on doing 2 different 1 hour classes every week in the spring. I also schedule a monthly private or semi-private lesson. If I lived somewhere remote and could only travel to/from a class once a month, I guess I'd do a 4 hour monthly class but it wouldn't be my first choice. I'm interested to hear how you like it, let us know!

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    Wow, thanks everyone for your contributions!

    To be honest with you all, my plan is to continue the weekly lessons, while taking the monthly lessons on top of it. And yes, I want to try to practice on my own every day that I can. To answer your question Eshta, the monthly lessons are given in a small group of about 8 students. I did the first series of monthly classes from this teacher (beginner to intermediate level) and I received plenty of attention from the teacher during the lessons, so I would expect the same this time!

    At the moment, my weekly lessons are mainly in baladi style (with a strong influence from Suraya Hilal's style, which can be a good thing or a bad thing ) at intermediate/advanced level and while I do enjoy it, I want to explore more styles. The monthly lessons are going to cover many styles, along with a focus on choreography, which is what I'm missing the most. I know the moves, I have the basic techniques, but how do I put them all together? I can improvise, but I sometimes feel awkward and I wonder if what I'm doing actually "looks good" or not (I hope I'm making sense!). So I'm hoping the small choreos we have to prepare for class and the subsequent feedback from the teacher and my peers will help me advance further

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    Mariyam, I think that sound great. I am sure you will benefit from the extra feedback and practice. Just remember to go to the class Just saying this, because when I took the monthly class, someone always forgot that it was *this sunday* since it had been so long since the last class. Or as most of us were in the early or mid twenties, there was always someone showing up with a bit of hangover At 10 am on a sunday there's bound to be someone who's been up a little late the day before

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    LOL Gisela

    I wrote down each lesson in the calendar of my mobile phone. Hopefully this will help

    Oh I should mention that I just double-checked the website of my teacher, and the monthly lessons will actually last for 3 hours, including break(s). So this should provide reassurance about being able to sustain learning for long consecutive hours...
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    Weekly for beginers, workshops for advance if they work alone alot also

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    I am a beginner. My teacher has two beginner classes every week, lasting one hour. One of them is followed by an intermediate class. Instead of 2-hour classes, she has enthusiastic beginners take both 1-hour classes. As you advance, you can take the sequential beginner and intermediate classes, for a total 2 hour class. You can also take the separate 1-hour beginner class.

    I have fairly severe ADD, and I could barely tolerate a one hour class in college. However, my teacher gave a 3-hour workshop, with one good break in the middle. I attended, even though I had only taken two beginner classes. The three hours went by quickly. I wish it had been longer. Maybe it was just because it was all new to me, or maybe dancing naturally allows a longer attention span because you are using both your brain and your body. So, I think it is valuable to have occasional long classes, despite the fact that it is longer than conventional wisdom about adult attention spans.

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