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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharmine View Post
    Given that we tend to lose the extra padding in our feet as we age, some of the ladies might feel more comfortable wearing a slip-on shoe that has a good tread (the better not to slip), rather than dance barefoot on a hard floor.

    I'm trying to find something I've heard before -- that if one has some unsteadiness to start with, it's easy to lose one's balance if one is looking down. The body has a tendency to want to follow the direction of the eyes. Anyone heard that?
    I saw that on a tv special on aging.

    I think everyone will wear some kind of shoe, my self included.

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    Well,

    today was the first class for the Senior center ladies. Some of them looked about my age (56) and some were obviously older.

    one lady seemed to have a shoulder that was causing her pain. But other wise the issues were ones common to beginners at any age.

    I could use some help with creative ways to drill movements for students who really just are looking for a fun way to exercise.

    My usual technique of teaching seemed a little fast paced, even though I used slower music than I usually do. When I don't have mirrors I like to work in a circle and drill the movements while walking if appropriate, that seemed a bit of a challenge, but my goal is to make it fun and to have them feel like they are dancing.

    I could also use some help with ideas of how to modify movements so they still look like BD movements but are easier to do.

    Suggestions welcome.

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    Don't forget to use veils -- gives those arms more to do and looks pretty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marya View Post
    Well,

    today was the first class for the Senior center ladies. Some of them looked about my age (56) and some were obviously older.

    one lady seemed to have a shoulder that was causing her pain. But other wise the issues were ones common to beginners at any age.

    I could use some help with creative ways to drill movements for students who really just are looking for a fun way to exercise.

    My usual technique of teaching seemed a little fast paced, even though I used slower music than I usually do. When I don't have mirrors I like to work in a circle and drill the movements while walking if appropriate, that seem a bit of a challenge, but my goal is to make it fun and to have them feel like they are dancing.

    I could also use some help with ideas of how to modify movements so they still look like BD movements but are easier to do.

    Suggestions welcome.

    Marya
    congrats, marya--(i'm your older sister, 57..i found that the smaller movements to be the easiest to do and it also allows the beginner (me, included) to connect with our bodies and the movements that we can make.

    discovering "shimmies" (IMO) is the best because right away you "feel" the essence and the benefits of the dance.

    core muscles (tummy) may be utilized for some the first time in a long time.

    focusing on them goes a long way in understanding how "it all goes together".

    hope this helps....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kharmine View Post
    Don't forget to use veils -- gives those arms more to do and looks pretty.
    I agree, but dang it, there isn't enough room! maybe if we move out into the senior meals room instead of the game room there will be space enough, I will have to wait and see.

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    I sometimes have my students hold veils while practicing other moves. It gves their hands something to do, gets them in the habit of holding their arms up, and makes them feel pretty all at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    I sometimes have my students hold veils while practicing other moves. It gves their hands something to do, gets them in the habit of holding their arms up, and makes them feel pretty all at the same time.
    How do you have them hold the veils? I have taken to using scarves for the same purpose.

    We don't have enough room for veil work, but if they are just holding them that might work.

    Everybody loved the hip scarves I provided, and a few wanted to know where to purchase them.

    Marya

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Balance and arthritis are the only actual problems I came across in teaching people 65 and older.
    In addition, balance issues may come from previous surgeries of the knees or hips or even residual effect from a CVA(stroke). In no way does this stop anyone form learning or loving the dance. But as a teacher it's important to have such an awareness as most students aren't able to link past health ssues with some of the more rigorous movements in dance.
    An example:
    I once had a mother and daughter in my class. The Mother was joy to have in class, she loved to dance and was very enthusiastic. During a lesson in which they were learning the 3-step turn..she just could not get the sense of direction. So during hands-on guidance, I noticed her turn-pivot on the left foot was wobbly. After several attempts..her daughter said that she had a stroke years ago and that her left foot was numb. "Oh yeah" the Mother said" I had a small stroke but I recovered without therapy."
    It became clear to me that she also had a bit of left-sided neglect, so her left side did not have a strong synaptic connection as her right.
    The solution...
    I suggested that she cast her eyes downward as she stepped toward the left.This helped her understand her position and body awareness(propriocetion) and prevented any falls.

    Maybe instead of a generic health history, make sure you have check boxes for common ailments/surgeries. It will guide you as a teacher and provide a safer environment for students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marya View Post
    How do you have them hold the veils? I have taken to using scarves for the same purpose.

    Marya
    Students might begin with the veils held behind them with the top edge at shoulder level and arms softly outstretched. If the veil comes to rest on a student's shoulders, she knows she has dropped her arms. Other positions include a lowered veil with hands about hip level, and a raised veil with arms over the head and the veil framing the face, or with one arm lowered and the other raised to form a frame for the dancer. We also use the veil held in front of the body for a frame or shield. The only thing a small room keeps one from doing is floating the veil, which of course is the most fun.

    I hope this makes sense. I am feeling a bit under the weather this morning and it seems to have affected my brain as well as my respiratory system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanazel View Post
    Students might begin with the veils held behind them with the top edge at shoulder level and arms softly outstretched. If the veil comes to rest on a student's shoulders, she knows she has dropped her arms. Other positions include a lowered veil with hands about hip level, and a raised veil with arms over the head and the veil framing the face, or with one arm lowered and the other raised to form a frame for the dancer. We also use the veil held in front of the body for a frame or shield. The only thing a small room keeps one from doing is floating the veil, which of course is the most fun.

    I hope this makes sense. I am feeling a bit under the weather this morning and it seems to have affected my brain as well as my respiratory system.
    it makes sense, thanks,

    Marya

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