Page 3 of 15 FirstFirst 12345678913 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 142
  1. #21
    Moderator Shanazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Rocky Mountains USA
    Posts
    15,400
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I don't want to be unkind, but if you are going to teach dance or anything else, you need to be firmly grounded in reality and not spinning in a shiny bubble of self-gratification. You appear to be looking for a different kind of stage for yourself and your perceived abilities. In becoming a teacher, your attention and energy must shift from yourself to the welfare of your students. What do you really have to offer people with so little experience yourself?

    Let's say you find yourself in front of a roomful of hopeful beginning students. What are you going to do with a beginning dancer who learns even faster than you did yourself and who outdistances you within the first few weeks when you've taught her all you've learned yourself? How are you going to feel when you get a more advanced student in your beginning class who already knows more than you do but doesn't have the self confidence to move into a higher level class? Do you know how to deal with the painfully shy student, the incurable talker, the person who argues about every word you say? What do you do with a student who faints dead away during class?

    And worst of all, how are you going to feel if a student is injured because you didn't catch a dangerous posture or bad habit in time?

    There is more to teaching than being a fast learner. Do yourself and your potential students a favor and put your energy into being a student yourself before you leap into teaching others.

  2. #22
    Moderator Farasha Hanem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    In the heartland of the USA
    Posts
    4,805
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Very nice web layout.

    Okay, now for the stuff that you probably don't want to hear, but we only do this out of concern for you and for the sake of bellydance. It's nothing personal, but as you can see, a lot of things are rather unsettling with the forum members here, and we only want to guide you into being more realistic.

    I've only completed my second year in bellydance class, and I still feel very much like a baby. No way would I feel ready at this point to take on the responsibility of teaching others, even if I were a quick learner. As already mentioned, there is SOOOOO much more to bellydance than just learning the moves. You have to put those moves together, and use them in such a way as to express the music you're dancing to. Speaking of, dancing to ME music is more than moving to the music. You need to do research to make sure that what you're dancing to won't offend your audience, particularly an Arab audience. You don't want to dance to a dirty song, or dance inappropriately to religious or politically-themed music (for instance, doing a happy-happy, joy-joy dance to a melancholy song about people dying in a war).

    Speaking of understanding, you mentioned something on your site about understanding the culture. How much research have you done on Arab or Turkish culture? From what little you have said online, it seems that you've received quite a bit of misinformation. Although I love Indian culture, it is a culture on its own, and bellydance has nothing to do with it.

    How many Arabs or Turkish people have you met/known? Depending on where you live, you might not have the opportunity in everyday life, and although it isn't really necessary to know them personally to enjoy bellydance, if you're going to make a statement about "understanding the culture," I think knowing the people is the best way to do that (but don't make friends with Arabs or Turkish people for the sole reason of understanding their culture. No one likes feeling used). This forum is a wonderful way of meeting people from all parts of the world, people who are sweet, friendly, kind and helpful. The more experienced dancers, teachers, and knowledgable people here will be glad to answer any questions you have, and help you in your education of bellydance.

    One other thing I saw on your web site---I saw what looked like tweets from your Twitter page, and in one of them, you told someone to just keep practicing, and they will bend, and bend, and bend. That really concerns me; was this person trying to learn the backbend? The backbend is not a move for everyone. It's not a good idea to give advice on such a potentially dangerous move on Twitter, and if you're not experienced enough to know if someone executes a move like that wrong in a classroom setting where you're actually THERE, then you're just setting yourself up for a lawsuit giving such general advice on Twitter.

    Please, please reconsider teaching at this time. I know you're probably very excited; you've certainly spent some considerable time/money promoting your workshops on your site. You haven't really even had enough time to settle into a style yet.

    O.O It's 3:33 in the morning...I seriously need to get to bed...Oo...zzzzzzzzz...
    Last edited by Farasha Hanem; 06-05-2009 at 08:33 AM.

  3. #23
    V.I.P. jenc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Colchester UK
    Posts
    2,124
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I have had a look at the Workshop content - I wouldn't expect intermediate dancers to learn 2 dances in an hour. Even if they are very simple sequences, you have a list of techniques to teach first. 7 different elements to a one hour workshop! Looks like enough for the first 6 weeks of a course.

    Have you tried this out first with a couple of friends - preferably ones with 2 left feet to mimic the true situation, as there are always one or two of those in any beginner group.

  4. #24
    Premium Member Aniseteph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Sussex, England
    Posts
    4,856
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by jenc View Post
    I wouldn't expect intermediate dancers to learn 2 dances in an hour.
    Quite. As a complete noob I was challenged just following the teacher doing hip drops and horizontal 8's.

  5. #25
    Premium Member Aniseteph's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Sussex, England
    Posts
    4,856
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hey I killed this thread last time, so I'm digging it up again.

    As someone who is about to commit novelty Christmas fusion (in the privacy of our hafla) and has been sewing the costumes ALL DAY , I was gobsmacked by this one.




  6. #26
    Member lilith71's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    oregon coast
    Posts
    89
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Uhh...awful! As a newbie dancer of one year I would be thoroughly disappointed learning that!

  7. #27
    Super Moderator gisela's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Denmark
    Posts
    4,624
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    OMG! I don't know what to say. So this girl teaches, performs at parties and at a restaurant?!
    Sorry Metamorphosis, it's great that you work hard at your dreams but I think you should focus on learning more YOURSELF first (with a good teacher) and not teach to others just yet. If you really want to share the beauty of bellydance to people why not refer them to the best teachers? Why have them learn something substandard?

    Is this the routine you teach?
    YouTube - Kent Uni Choreography - Sissokio - Sharise Song
    immer glimmer

  8. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Alaska
    Posts
    609
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I watched this routine and I was rather disappointed with the quality of the choreography of this routine. It is important for all dancers, no matter the field, to get a solid foundation before going on to be a professional.

  9. #29
    V.I.P. Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    In the mountains of Montana
    Posts
    2,220
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Oh my. This makes me so sad. I need to go hug my puppy. We tried to help her yet she persists. I don't like to squash anyone's dreams or enthusiasm, but I'm quite floored.

    Is this the end product of giving praise regardless of having truly earned it?

  10. #30
    V.I.P. jenc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Colchester UK
    Posts
    2,124
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I wonder who was this girl's teacher if she thought herself ready to teach. how could she possibly think she was good enough to teach if she attended a good teacher who was herself a skilfull dancer. from the vids posted - I have watched more than one - I would say that this person was not even an above average beginner!

Page 3 of 15 FirstFirst 12345678913 ... 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
  •