Category Archive for: Teaching

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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S01E07 Teacher’s disaster: mixed level group

Whenever I travel organizers feel sorry, when they have to explain, so the X group is a bit mixed level. It used to scare me a lot. But any group has students of different level. The range might be different, but I haven’t seen the group where everyone is the same. I find two problems with…

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S01E06 Your students don’t care about technique

Your students don’t care about technique as much as you do. Or should they? Should they care about posture, stretching, contracting, body leading, matching and other fancy words? I don’t think so. Does that mean they don’t need it at all? No. Your students need as much (or little) of technique to make it work. If…

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S01E05 The Reason Leaders Stop Coming To Classes

We do the Lindy Hop because it’s fun. When it stops being fun, we stop doing it. Why leaders do the Lindy Hop? The same reason – it’s fun. It’s fun to move to swing music and dance with another human being. It’s fun to initiate, to react, try new things, see if it’s working…

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S01E04 Teach a Swing Out Last

In my previous post you’ve read (you can still read it) what to teach in the first class of the Lindy Hop. What should you teach next after you do some 8 count basic? A Swing Out? No. Hold on. I know Swing Out is Lindy Hop and every lindy hopper should know how to swing out.…

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S01E03 What to teach in the first class

Remember, your goal in this class is to do everything, so people would come for the next one. There’s no need to tell the history of Lindy Hop, there’s no need to teach a swing out or a Shim Sham. Your students are smart enough to understand 1 hour is just the beginning of a…

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S01E02 How to please everyone

Making everyone happy during each class is mission impossible. Do you have to please everyone? No. But you should try! Different people are looking for different things in a dance class. Here’s what I think people are looking for:   These are different layers your class should have, if you want to try pleasing everyone.…

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S01E01 The goal of the single and every class

Do you want your students to get better? There’s only one way they get better – them coming back to the next class. It doesn’t matter if you are teaching them the perfect technique. It doesn’t matter if you teach them three most fun moves for social dance floor. It doesn’t matter if you have…

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