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Choose Your Words: Dance PedagogyBoost your dance teaching skills by learning how to make your words more effective. No prior teaching experience required. This will be an active class, not a lecture.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate;
Advanced;
Masters
Dance Pedagogy
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Anatomy for Dance InstructorsDo you know how scapulae relate to partner connection? How about how the last rib relates to posture?
Anatomical knowledge can be a powerful tool to have in your dance instructor toolbox. In this class, we’ll share some anatomical knowledge that we find to particularly useful for teaching dance. We’ll also give some best practices for how to most effectively incorporate this material into your teaching without boggling your students’ minds.
Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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AVK“Those teachers were ok, but they just kept talking and talking.” How often have you heard that comment? Have you perhaps said it yourself? In this class, we will tackle the topic of teaching using all three learning modes at once- Audio, Visual, and Kinesthetic. We’ll address choosing your words beautifully, using exercises to translate concepts into physical movements, and visually modeling ideas clearly.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Class PlanningYou are teaching a class. How do you structure it? Choose a topic? Time it to fit in your time slot? Prepare to adapt to the needs of the students in the moment? Plan exercises that support the point? We'll address these questions and more in this hands-on dance pedagogy class.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Classroom Management and FlowLearn both proactive and responsive classroom management skills to improve the flow of your classes.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Developing and Choosing ContentWhere do you source the content of your classes? How do you decide what to teach for a particular class? What do you do if the level of your class is higher or lower than you expected?
We’ll address these questions and more, so you can prepare to walk into any classroom and teach a great class.
Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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ImageryRuth and Mike are known for their use of memorable imagery in their teaching. In this class, delve into several types of imagery and how to use them to make students’ experience of concepts more vivid, memorable, and clear. You’ll leave the class with experience in both creating imagery of your own and integrating it into your teaching practice.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Movement DiagnosisHow do you analyze what you see people doing, and turn it into specific feedback? In this class we will work on how to pinpoint the things that will make the biggest difference in a person's movement, and find the most effective ways to communicate them to students or classes.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Presentation SkillsWhether you love speaking in front of people or dread it, we will show you how to present with more confidence and power. We'll work on both mental and physical skills to make your dance classes and other presentations better than ever.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance Pedagogy
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Teaching a Fantastic Beginner ClassWe'll share a wealth of knowledge on how to make your beginner classes amazing. From drop-ins to beginner series classes, we'll show you how to take new dancers from knowing nothing to having fun on the dance floor. Most importantly, we'll help you create beginner classes that make people want to come back.Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance pedagogy
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Teaching to FollowsDo you think that people who pay the same for a class should get the same amount of instruction? Have you ever heard “Follows, just follow,” or caught yourself saying it? We will practice teaching to follows, and how to come up with equal material to teach follows in various class contexts. Lindy, Blues, and multi-purpose versions availableIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance pedagogy
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Teaching Blues ConnectionBluesIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance pedagogy
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Teaching Lindy ConnectionLindyIntermediate; Advanced; MastersDance pedagogy
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Teaching Blues AestheticHow do we teach our students how to look like blues dancers? We will talk about ways to de-jargonize your teaching so that you can effectively communicate concrete ways for students to embody grounding, pulse, relaxation, dancing in the pocket of the music, aesthetic of cool, ephebism, improvisation, polycentrism, multi-rhythms, individuality of partners, accent and emphasis and other words/concepts that may seem intimidating. BluesAdvanced; MastersDance pedagogy(Recomended as a two-part class with a one-hour class students take on blues aesthetic, one hour class where they work on their own teaching
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Marketing and PromotionYou already know you are passionate about sharing your dance. How do you get organizers to hire you, and students in your classes? Ruth and Mike share some of their hard-earned knowledge.
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Instructor Training
Blues & Slow Jazz
Lindy Hop & Charleston
Dance Wellness & Franklin Method
Balboa
AltDancing & Fusion
Tango
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