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    Big Grin First time teaching in France

    Hi there everyone, just wanted to share my joy and positive nervousness about me teaching first time in a new environment today! it is my first time teaching in France, since I have moved here about 6 months ago. I live in a very small town (veeery small and the majority is made up from older people, meaning retired people), but still hope a lot of people will show up for today's class which starts in just a couple of hours!!! yiii! I am so excited though a bit nervous 'coz before I always had my own teacher close to me, giving me tips and stuff whenever I needed and now I am all alone, but hey! there's always a start. I have no idea about the skills of the local dance community, I have been said there had been one teacher over here last year but that she was kinda weird! I guess I'm gonna let the ladies do a bit of impro to some easy song so I can see where they're at.


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    Heyy good luck !!!!
    Be strong, positive and everything will go great !!!
    Also you will have the opportunity to build slow by slow a new bellydance community.

    Enjoy it also

    Maria Aya

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    Hi Ranya,

    all the first times are a little distressing , don't worry and everything will be ok.

    Une grande inspiration, et un beau sourire et tout se passera bien .

    ça me rapelle ma première fois il y a 10 ans . Tu nous raconteras

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    Good luck and have fun! Keep us posted!

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    So...just came back home from class...
    There was ONE person and originally they were supposed to be seven so I was a little disappointed. but all in all it went fine. the girl was nice and sweet but I had a LOT to correct. But at least she makes efforts and is a sweet person, it was a pity however that she is too afraid to improvise and dance in front me...she said she was used to just follow the teacher...so to make things easier I made a bit of music analysis of some of Hossam Ramzy's stuff: in that way I gave her some directions to follow (shimmy on qanoun, flowing movements on nay) but would let her still express herself. but guess what! she wouldn't. she was just too stressed which made me sad. She will come back tomorrow and I really hope to make the joy for dance wake up in her!!! I just love the moment when people discover, that perfect technique is one of the most important things but that feeling the song and improvising from the heart is the real thing to master and that it isn't really that difficult as they usually think.
    We'll see tomorrow!
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    Don't be disappointed. Remember trust is earned, rarely given freely. I am sure soon she will come around and so will other students ~ a lot of them! Congratulations! I know your class will grow and thrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Minx View Post
    Don't be disappointed. Remember trust is earned, rarely given freely.
    Well said! That, and news travels fast!

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    Yes, word of mouth, the best advertising.

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    well I don't know how much experience she has but that would be very intimidating for me as well.

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    yep yep yep...guess what!today they were TWO, the girl from yesterday and a new one...and what's best...I finally made the first girl dance...improvise...!!! and she did not do it before with other teachers...as it came out, she had pretty good teacher with a good technique but they didn't analyse musical instruments with her and there was no real improvisation by students...she can move however so I guess that once she's learned what kind of movement goes with what, she could be quite a good dancer!!! the other one is hilarious, she's algerian and a lot of fun to work with..although she apparently had a wannabe teacher coz she does several movements wrong and I was scared she could hurt her knees...she is willing to study and work hard however, which is just awesome!!!
    so, just wanted to share the latest news with you...they already said that they ABSOLUTELY want to continue and that they know a lot of people who would like to come also!!!

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