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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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