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    Default Belly Dance Teacher training/certification

    So, I have been thinking for a while about getting a certification in training and have been looking at Shemiran Ibrahim's online program.
    I've read many positive reviews of it, including some old discussions here on this site.
    Does any one currently on this site of experience with this program. What was your experience?

    Thank you!

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    Check out this thread for various teacher programs etc: http://www.bellydanceforums.net/othe...-teachers.html
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    Oh thank you, that is comprehensive. But it leads me to another question...Mosaic commented that she was going to look for Shemiran's training program second hand... I thought there was an actual certification that went along with completing the program?
    Can anyone speak to this particular aspect of it. I know that some just say to get a certification as a personal trainer etc. But I want to do the Belly Dance specific training because it breaks down how to teach the style and the body movement which will probably benefit me as well.

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    Out of curiosity, why do you want or think you need certification in the first place?

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    Ok, where to start with this...
    Well, I am almost four odd years into my own belly dance journey and recently started student teaching basics only with my own teacher. I love her dearly but feel I need not only to understand much more (with my limited ability to spend time traveling to do weekend workshops I have three children and a very busy spouse) and also need to learn how to break down movement in a manner more accessible.

    I read a lot about this particular program and many people said that not only did it help them intuit the movement and history of belly dance better themselves but gave them a sense of how to impart that to others.

    I love the exchange that happens when one teaches belly dance, I found that having to explain the movement to others has actually taught me more about what I am doing.

    Of course I am worlds away from where many people are on this site...but I am eager to learn and love the dance.

    Phew...does that explain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yame View Post
    Out of curiosity, why do you want or think you need certification in the first place?
    Years ago, when I was brand-new to teaching, I wanted to take the teaching certification program offered by a certain person that I respected. My reason for wanting to take it was to learn the material that she offered. The certificate at the end wasn't important to me, but the education provided along the way was important to me.

    Life got in the way, and I never took the course. If I had taken it, I would have included the fact that I obtained that certification in my bio. Why? Because even though her certification program never became widely known, I feel that completing it served as evidence that I cared enough about my students to seek education in the craft of teaching belly dance.

    Are there other ways to learn such material? Yes, of course. Are there other ways to show that I care about providing a quality classroom experience? Yes. But that didn't stop me from thinking that this particular certification course could be a good fit with what I was looking for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsps View Post
    So, I have been thinking for a while about getting a certification in training and have been looking at Shemiran Ibrahim's online program.
    I've read many positive reviews of it, including some old discussions here on this site.
    Does any one currently on this site of experience with this program. What was your experience?

    Thank you!
    Yes I have. I was in the first group to do her teacher training (as opposed to the teaching resource she provides that goes hand in hand with it - which I think is what Mosaic was debating doing). If you get the opportunity, do the teacher training with her. It is comprehensive and covers every aspect of teaching I could think of. Two years down the track, I have yet to find a topic that I either wish she'd covered or had covered in more detail.

    I'd recommend the teacher resource to teachers who want something close to had for research & further education purposes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiradotnet View Post
    Years ago, when I was brand-new to teaching, I wanted to take the teaching certification program offered by a certain person that I respected. My reason for wanting to take it was to learn the material that she offered. The certificate at the end wasn't important to me, but the education provided along the way was important to me.

    Life got in the way, and I never took the course. If I had taken it, I would have included the fact that I obtained that certification in my bio. Why? Because even though her certification program never became widely known, I feel that completing it served as evidence that I cared enough about my students to seek education in the craft of teaching belly dance.

    Are there other ways to learn such material? Yes, of course. Are there other ways to show that I care about providing a quality classroom experience? Yes. But that didn't stop me from thinking that this particular certification course could be a good fit with what I was looking for.
    Yes, that makes sense. There are a few dancers out there who, if they offered certification and weren't half a world away from me, I would aspire to be certified by them. This is because I like their style, I like their methodology, so to me it would mean a lot to have their approval.

    I think this is different from wanting certification just for the sake of wanting certification, though. There are a lot of people out there whose certification would mean nothing to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsps View Post
    I read a lot about this particular program and many people said that not only did it help them intuit the movement and history of belly dance better themselves but gave them a sense of how to impart that to others.
    If you do end up on this program, please let us know how it worked out for you!

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    I bought her course, as well as Taaj's.

    For me, I got a lot more out of Taaj's. I felt like Shemiramen's is very good, but it does teach focus on teaching "her way" -- which is fine, but I preferred Taaj's "no style focus" method.

    If you are brand new to teaching and never have really thought about how to explain the movements before, Shemiramin's is good. Taaj's goes into a LOT more detail on creating a class, musicality and rhythm, and teaching improv and choreography.

    I might consider selling my Shemiramin package, but you do have to have bought it yourself in order to qualify for certification. I do not plan on pursuing her certification.

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