Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 28

Thread: Frustrated

  1. #11
    V.I.P. Yasmine Bint Al Nubia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Akron, Ohio
    Posts
    1,160
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thank you all so much for your advice and insight!!! I will discuss my plans in detail with my teacher and stronglyy suggest that I follow a different path with the students. Ariella, I definitely will incorporate BD exercises in the warm up and Shanazel, play time is an excellent idea!

    From all of your responses I realized that I'm learning too! Especially about being an empathetic teacher.
    Yasmine

  2. #12
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    25
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hello Yasmine
    I am a beginner in belly dancing. I am a beginner dancer with no previous experience with music or dancing. My EX tried to teach me to dance to rock n roll but I am absolutely hopeless. I cannot follow lead and have no sense to hearing "the beat". So when our teacher drags her drum out and watches us free dance I have no imagination at all. I've chosen belly dancing, well because my neighbour is now in Advance Class and encouraged me to give it a go. I am glad she did, I absolutely love it, and especially that I don't need a partner who would no doubt get frustrated with me because I just seize up whenever someone tries to lead me.

    Our teachers are terrific people. They are very patient & encouraging. I am sure you are too. But on some moves that I find more difficult, such as the vertical figure 8 I recently asked about, and even remembering steps to choreography, I find it a lot easier having the steps written in front of me. My teacher tried holding my hips and guiding them where they were meant to go but again I just seized and my hips wouldn't move. Its just a thing with me. I could suggest that your students jot down some notes so they can practice during the week when you're not there to show them what to do. I have DVDs, too, and find I have had to write down what the instructors feet are doing, and which foot starts and ends, so I can learn it quicker as I really do get my feet in a tangle.

    Or as I have done, I come here and ask you guys and have found learning just that bit easier to learn. I also learnt the Drum Shimmy choreography from having all the steps written down.

    Just thought I'd add my 2 bobs worth from a beginners point of view.
    Last edited by DancerAU; 03-04-2007 at 02:23 AM.

  3. #13
    Senior Member Mouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    548
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My teacher quite often will give out notes if we are learning a choreography for those that want to practice at home but have trouble remembering the choreography without a little help. Because not everyone learns the same way trying to work from written notes won't work for everyone but for those like me that it does work for its really a really valuable tool. Practicing at home can make such a big difference.

  4. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    504
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    DancerAU you sound just like me! I think I'm one of the most unlikely people to take up bellydancing but that is one of the things that drew me to it. But I had suggested if she could do a video that would be great the students could watch it and take notes about which foot, direction, etc...but I guess that idea didn't fly....so I would agree with just taking detailed notes and with the person who said practice it for a while then move on to something else. I got soo frustrated in class today, the teacher came to help me but I had to tell I was just too frustrated to do it then.

  5. #15
    V.I.P. Aisha Azar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Posts
    5,313
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Frustrated, etc.

    Dear Yasmine,
    I meant to ask you if you had read the article in the library on my site, called
    "Multiple Intelligences" ? It basically discusses several ways in which people learn, and how the info might be applied to teaching and learning belly dance. (Raqs Azar.) I found Gardner's researches fascinating and helpful in articulating what I had observed about students and how they learn.
    Regards,
    A'isha

  6. #16
    V.I.P. Yasmine Bint Al Nubia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Akron, Ohio
    Posts
    1,160
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by A'isha Azar View Post
    Dear Yasmine,
    I meant to ask you if you had read the article in the library on my site, called
    "Multiple Intelligences" ? It basically discusses several ways in which people learn, and how the info might be applied to teaching and learning belly dance. (Raqs Azar.) I found Gardner's researches fascinating and helpful in articulating what I had observed about students and how they learn.
    Regards,
    A'isha
    Yes Aisha, actually I have, but it doesn't hurt for me to re-read it especially in light of the my current classes. Also Happy Birthday Pisces Girl-that's are third element of commonality
    Yasmine

  7. #17
    V.I.P. Aisha Azar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Posts
    5,313
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Frustrated

    Dear Yasmine,
    Thank you for the B-day wishes. I am so happy that we share the same sign and name!! I admire you very much and consider myself to be in wonderful company.
    Regards,
    A'isha

  8. #18
    Senior Member Venefica's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Bergen, Norway
    Posts
    724
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Happy Birthday.

    I want to coment to this tread, not becouse I know alot aboute bellydance, but becouse I am a new student, and I have a medical cordination problem. I mean I have had to train just to walk down a hill that was a bit steep and not ahving to hang on to somone.

    For me continued repitition of one or two movements helps, just a few movements at a time, not to many. I stop my Neena and Veena video in the middle of the program and re run and re run and re run and I have seen inprovment from this so yes I think the best would be to repeat the basic movevments again and again for your students for them to learn.

    Good luck.

  9. #19
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    up north in a waterproof sequin-coverd yurt
    Posts
    46
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Latecomer to the thread here, but I think there are some great advices given here, so I can't add too much to that, but I can add this: One of the things we use to get our students into "basic position" which basically is being aligned and it also helps students get in touch with their bodies, as in : where they are flexible, not flexible, what muscles are not being engaged, etc.... is Somatics. My co-teacher and I took a few somatics classes and I took a few private lessons with a local instructor, and she was able to give me some really cool stuff to use that is quick and takes about 5 minutes. One thing that floored me about it was that the stuff is really simple but its really effective not only in geting in touch with your body, but in releasing low back pain, knee and feet stuff, etc.... its also less intimidating than yoga stuff and we put it in our warm-up. It would take some time to write it out the 2-3 things we use so if you want I can Pm you what we do. Anyways, it was just 1 thing we found that is so far seeming to work and at first they were like "what is this to do with bellydance?' but then (95% of the time) they realise they can use this stuff at home and that it applies to everything.

    Anyways, if there is a somatics teacher near you check it out and talk to them coz' they have a bit of a different perspective on the body and we found it really helpful. Another thing we like about it too, is that it holds.

  10. #20
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    67
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Do you mean the full three-quarter shimmy, or just the foot pattern? The shimmy itself (Basic Arabic for our tribal buddies) has been really hard for me to get right, and even harder to layer other moves over! It actually requires a considerable amount of coordination, imho.

    If it's just the foot pattern, I can still relate, because footwork was one of the hardest things for me when I started out. I was used to dancing at rock concerts and stuff with my feet pretty much in place and my torso and arms waving around. I was like "what do you mean it matters where the feet go?" Now I get compliments on my footwork, though (thanks to some cross-training in folk dances...). It just takes time to get the concepts down... I don't think my teacher thought I'd ever get it right!

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •