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"Fundamentals" class. ORIENTATION TO THE BLACK BELT PROGRAM

This is our MOST IMPORTANT Circle!!
To retain students from this date forward,
*** YOU HAVE TO MAKE IT A BLAST FOR THEM!!!! *** Make it so much fun, they go home, tell all their friends, and bring them next time!!

While the other students at all the other circles are practicing DTB styling during the first part of class (after the warm-up), take the 1st-timers to another part of the room to start their Fundamentals Day 1 Orientation class.

THE FOLLOWING WORKS LIKE A CHARM!!

If you don't make their very first day FUN, exhilarating and Productive, they will NOT come back for Fundamentals Day #2.

BBS VERY 1st day, for all students provide an ORIENTATION:
(if you have advanced students, let them go after Orientation - see below)

- BBS Overview - Boards explained:
* Tell students that the Black Belt Salsa curriculum was invented by a woman who taught Salsa in over 60 countries. For over 20 years, she had the unique opportunity to experience leads thousands of leads from every country. Because of talents in teaching and her ability to explain things, she was able to transfer what the best leads in the world were doing into a Salsa curriculum that made logical sense. She took moves and techniques from the world's best dancers and engineered them into a curriculum that is not only logical for a leader to comprehend, but also very comfortable and exciting for the follow. The Black Belt Salsa curriculum design reflects "what women want".
* Show examples of the symbols on the board.
* Explain what DTB is, and what happens each week of each month.
Have students practice some of the DTB concepts.
Make them touch her on the shoulder, then turn her right or left,
(yes, without knowing the footwork yet)
All they need is the DTB "concept" at this point. Both beginners and advanced will benefit from this explanation.

- Super quick glance at printed Student Manual (located at the Registration Desk) and where they can find it online.

- Super quick glance at Scotty (within manual) - for privates, long term retention, (Scotty helps them realize how well the curriculum is engineered.)

EXPLAIN THE FOLLOWING:
Masculine and Feminine Energy (The Mountain and Three Elements of Water)
-- Explain how a man is like a mountain and a woman can move through different states
-- Feel free to study or show Edie’s video where she explains this

After the Orientation, TEST STUDENTS WITH PREVIOUS SALSA EXPERIENCE, and move them to White, Orange, or Yellow circles. Only special cases will go above Yellow.

Have remaining students review the Student Manual and Scotty while you place the advanced students.

For brand new dancers, for the remainder of the class,
TEACH THE FOLLOWING IN THIS ORDER:

1. BASIC MERENGUE (steps only include right and left turns)
Now Try a DTB with Merengue (his/hers shoulders or waist)

2. BASIC BACHATA (steps only include right and left turns)
Try a DTB with Bachata (his/hers shoulders or waist)

3. BASIC SALSA (steps only - no turns)


FRAME AND CONNECTION.
- Dance Frame (egg). Emphasize elbows in front of their chest. Arms are relaxed and not too rigid.
- #5 Tension.
What to say when you teach #5 Tension: "Give everyone, please each other a 'high ten' and hold it for a while. Now, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the strongest, press your hands against your partner an "8". It should feel real uncomfortable. Now give each other a "2" - should barely touch. Now give each other a "1". You should feel a bit of air flow between your hands. Now give each other a #5 tension. There should be an equal amount of pressure between the both of you. Now bounce your hands up and down until you feel an equilibrium of energy between the two of you. Do this for about 15 seconds. Now, separate from each other and bounce your hands up and down by yourselves. This is a bit difficult if you were asked to do this for 10 minutes. Now get back together with your hands, and bounce up a #5 tension. It's a lot easier, right? This is what we call the #5 Tension. We use this tension between the both of us while we are dancing together at every belt level.


- Teach leaders the PISTOL GRIP HOLD and followers curved "man cave" hand: all her four fingers together. You may also use the analogy of Shopping Cart hands (Thank you for the idea Tonya!)
- Teach Open Position - and the "Three Points of Connection"
1. Left hand, (pistol grip, women must feel his pinkies, he must feel all four of her fingers. All of his "brothers" - fingers - need to be close together. No spreading of fingers... EVER!!!)
2. Right hand, (" ")
3. Their Eyes, (" ")



TEACH THE SALSA BASIC STEP
- Five walking steps forward and back, moving to three steps, moving to quick quick slow.
- Basics ( Frankenstein technique).
- Basic step from open position.
- Explain "short - long - long" steps.

Offer your private lessons, and tell your students about the Fundamental 15, and what happens for the remainder of the evening.

Tell them to go to the large circle and hold pinkies with the rest of the group.
Announcements
Fundamental 15 Starts

Community dance with all Circles.

Hour of Power (Full Hour) Dinner, and Practice time (or dance social till midnight)
Ladies, Toes Out.

Mermaid after every CBL with free hand.

Men: Hold free hand behind back in a fist or straight


Start the Magic-90 Music Track.


Pro BBS Teaching Concept:

Talk = 2%
Show = 8%
Involve = 90%

- Review = Less than 5 min
- I do (instructor model)
- We do (instructor and student)
- You Do (instructor observes)


- Re-teach = repeat until they get it.
- I do (instructor model)
- We do (instructor and student)
- You Do (instructor observes)


- Teach = Brand new move: Taught entire time.
- I do (instructor model)
- We do (instructor and student)
- You Do (instructor observes)


WITH A BIG SMILE...Put name tags with blue tape on all students.

Show them the restrooms, and inform them of the Practice Time and Parties

WITH A HUGE SMILE...
Read or pass out Weekly BBS Party Bulletin to see where everyone will be going dancing that week / weekend, and when local events will take place.

Briefly explain the BBS Martial Arts system of Progressive Training using your BBS Boards

Explain The BBS Boards - and/or the Pocket Syllabus

Repeat every move at least 15-20 times.

Get out of the center and become part of the student rotation.

Talk to the girls as often as the guys

"Tell her she's Beautiful"

"Tell him, 'You're the Man!'"

Encourage the students throughout the hour to exchange phone numbers to practice together outside of class

Remind students they have SEVEN days to get this.

Fundamentals will be reviewed more briefly every White Belt class

Finish with Warm-Down (shines) routine

Explain the Hour of Power. Set up the food and drinks.

Leave for ten minutes - TELL YOUR STUDENTS THAT YOU WILL BE BACK!!! They need to bond together without YOU.

Come back and help out where needed - DO NOT TEACH ANYTHING NEW. DO NOT TEACH A CLASS ANY MORE.
By the end of Week #1, student should be able to...

- CORRECTLY ask another student to dance.

- Basic Step

- Dance in Open Position (no thumbs)

- Have AWESOME Posture

- Look "up with confidence" - not down.  

- CBL

- Repeat

- Make it look easy. .:)

- Practice during the week outside of class

- Exchange phone numbers
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