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, Elzė, Arnas, Eglė, Povilas, Austėja. You might know at least a few of these guys. I feel proud of them and feel happy I had an opportunity to be a part of them becoming superstars.
But I know there were so many more people capable of reaching the same. But they stopped dancing too soon.
In classes I was focusing on them, trying to teach them as much as possible, showing them extra moves and ideas, spending extra time explaining things. And they stopped dancing, while some students, who I didn’t think are talented kept coming to classes.
I questioned a lot what was happening and why I was losing my most talented students.
Over years my focus in classes changed. Instead of focusing on most talented, I spent most time helping least talented ones. Especially if they show up to classes and socials all the time.
What was surprising, best students kept coming back and not dropping out.
That’s only my thoughts, but… People start doing Lindy Hop because it’s fun. You dance in a class, learn a new move, go social dancing. It’s fun. It’s not fun when you know moves but there are no leaders or followers you could do that move.
That’s the reason, in my opinion, talented students stop coming to classes. It’s not challenging anymore, they might feel they already learned that and everyone else is too slow. Why bother coming to classes and not being able to do what you learned.
So focus on people who show up, who care, who try and who want to. Make everyone feel good by keeping them on the same page.
You might think moving better students level up might be a solution, but it’s not. But that goes for next Friday.