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Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by cdroge
6/17/2008  7:22:00 AM
I would suggest that you teach something that is fun for the kids to learn such as the basic jive or cha cha cha. It would not take you long to learn the basic steps from a good video or an experienced teacher. The waltz is to technical and to teach just a box step is of no help to anyone.
Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by dheun
6/17/2008  1:51:00 PM
The scared ballroom teacher is getting a lot of good advice from the posters here. I would disagree a bit at the notion that learning a box step wouldn't help anyone. The kids in summer enrichment programs aren't learning this to be in a show or even advance to another class, though it could spark an interest in many to stay with it. But a basic box step, used in the Fox Trot or Waltz, just to different timing and body movements, would be nice to learn. She could teach a box step, then how to move around the floor in a box step, how to hesitate and turn, etc. I think it would be very helpful, especially since it is adaptable to so many songs, especially the slower ones. But I would venture to guess that it might be a bit boring for young kids, and a jive or cha-cha could spark some interest and fun.
Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by Annie
6/17/2008  6:59:00 PM
Try single swing {like jive, only slow, slow, quick quick} It's great for newbies and young people.
Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by BallroomManiac
4/18/2009  6:16:00 PM
If a local ballroom has Ballroom dance parties go to as many as you can. there are usually 30-60 minute classes at the beginning that will teach basics of a dance or two, and the dances will switch each party. not only will you get the lesson, but you'll get the chance to dance with other people. talk to each of them about it and get some tips. by the way, where is this camp at?
Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by DivaGinger
4/18/2009  10:57:00 PM
Thanks to the "Amateurs can teach and get monneh" clause in the rules now, we've found ourselves 'coming out' of the shoe-closet as t-... t-teach... t-t-teachers, too, and while we *have* ballroom experience (not as much as I'd like- it's an addiction, always room to learn), I'm still worried that we'll get someone who can call us out on stuff.

Good luck, fellow fledgling "Instructor"- doesn't that sound COOL?! Said Uncle Ben though "With great power comes great responsibility"- so get crackin' on group lessons. Hey- we could use you as our guinea pig, LOL.
Re: Scared new ballroom teacher seeking suggestion
Posted by belleofyourball
4/19/2009  12:53:00 AM
Single Time swing is a great thing to teach. It doesn't take much coordination to pick up the basic steps and timing.

Kids also really like the Tango...It's easy to teach and easy to learn at a basic level. They like the whole Addam's Family component. It's featured in the movies a lot and they all love to do the Promenade's...

I've taught both to kids 6th-12th grade and they liked these dances better than any others.

Also...don't forget Salsa...kids dig that.
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