S01E17 Help your best dancers to become better versions of themselves

I want to get back to writing and sharing my experience. But to be motivated, I need to have a conversation. I need questions, problems and comments. I need you to tell me if something I said doesn’t make sense. I need you to tell me this is BS if you think it is. Otherwise,…

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S01E16 When To Twist And When To Swivel?

It just sounds better, but the subject should be “when to twist and when to rock step”. This post is about followers. How soon twists/swivels (from here twists) should be introduced? First of all, I believe twists is not a styling but rather a basic step. Twists can be substituted to rock step in some…

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S01E15 A Shortcut for your students

Why does a cheetah have a tail? For balance. Why do human beings have arms? For using a smartphone. But it helps to keep balance when dancing. Ask your students to keep hands up for the whole class when they are dancing and see the change. Notice how dancing becomes easier. Notice how much more control…

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S01E14 Musicality: part 2

The first step to making your students dance to the music is talking about it and teaching how to dance to the music all the time. It should come along technique and be taught in most classes, not just a few. When teaching a move you should add some variations that students could use. But…

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S01E13 Musicality: part 1

Your students will mostly dance what they have practiced in your classes. You are the one responsible for what they are practicing and what their focus is. I felt that my students could do better in dancing to music and I would talk about it a lot. However, musicality was the topic I would teach…

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S01E12 Slow tempo music = lazy teacher

In classes we teach people to dance. They should be able to dance on social dance nights and parties. But are they practicing to the same music or at least tempos you or your DJ / band is playing during parties? Are you playing similar music on classes and parties? It makes sense to teach at…

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S01E11 More stability better retention rate

What I’ve noticed among my students and with myself, with every change of the service you use, you might stop using that service. What I mean by that? Every time you change timetable for the group of your students, some of them will not like it and drop out. You change the room, somebody won’t…

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S01E10 The Reason I Was Loosing Best Students

I am not anymore. When I started teaching classes, I wanted to train some new talents for the scene. I wanted to show how good I am in teaching and how fast I can train someone who is talented. I failed. I lost so many students who should have been able to be next Pamela,…

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S01E09 Trick your students to practice

Sometimes I and students would see a different goal of a class. I will make them practice one thing and they would think about something else. I need students to practice a Swing Out a lot. But just practicing is boring even if I give them tips and techniques to work on. Spending more then 1 class on swing…

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S01E08 How saying “relax” doesn’t help

How often do you tell your students to relax? How often they actually relax? I stopped telling students to relax, because it doesn’t help. They don’t understand what to do. You can’t just relax. Relaxation comes when you do something extra. Move I tell them to move their bodies. Lindy Hop is a dance, and…

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