Pedralta World Fusion®

Guidelines for teachers and students

Students

Anyone can set himself or herself up as a dance teacher and care needs to be taken when finding a class. Most good teachers will offer you a free trial class to see how you like it. If the teacher doesn't offer you information about herself, don’t be afraid to ask. You are a customer and you have a right to know what you’re going to be paying for.

  • What style/s will you be learning?
  • What qualifications does the teacher have?
  • What performance experience does she have?
  • Where and from whom did she learn?
  • Does she have insurance?

It would be wrong to assume that a teacher employed by a local authority must be qualified. Belly dancing lessons are very popular and adult learning teams have great difficulty finding teachers. Their rates of pay would not compensate teachers adequately for ongoing training and expenses. I do not mean to imply that there are no suitably experienced and qualified teachers working in the public sector, but that each teacher must be judged on her own merit.

What students should expect

  1. The teacher offers you information about her background, her qualifications, what style she teaches, where and from whom she learnt.
  2. She is insured.
  3. She has a Public Performance License. (See notes for teachers).
  4. She turns up on time, prepared for class.
  5. She pays attention to safety at the venue and with regard to the students themselves. Many community halls leave a lot to be desired when it comes to floor cleanliness. The teacher should ensure the floor is free from anything that might cause injury. She might advise students to wear soft shoes (In fact the Pedralta danceshoe was developed for this very purpose).
  6. She knows your goals - whether you’re there for fun and fitness, or working towards performance and at what level.
  7. She makes sure the class is ready to dance by leading a “warm-up”
  8. She breaks down moves and pays attention to technique and posture.
  9. She offers alternative moves where needed.
  10. She gently corrects students in a positive and helpful way.
  11. She ends the dance session with a “cool down” and some stretches.
  12. She encourages students to learn from a variety of teachers and makes information available about local workshops and events that students might find useful.
  13. She provides information about music, costume and some background about the culture surrounding the style of dance being taught.
  14. She is positive, friendly and supportive to other teachers and their students, promoting links within the dance community.
  15. She creates opportunities for students to perform informally, if they wish, at charity events and haflas. (Informal gatherings for students and sometimes partners and friends)
  16. She invests time and money in her own on-going training and education. She’s not afraid to admit her own limitations.

What is expected of you as a student?

  1. Come to class in time to start. You need to allow parking and changing time. If you’re late, join the class quietly and ensure you are warmed-up before you start to dance.
  2. Don’t expect to be able to perform each move correctly the first time you try. Like everything else it takes practice.
  3. If your teacher has a charging policy, don’t expect her to change it for you. If you have real difficulties most teachers can be flexible but remember this may be their livelihood. Dance teachers generally charge minimal amounts for their classes. Most are not subsidised and they invest in their own training and equipment.
  4. Have regard for your fellow dancers. Be supportive to them. If you agree to perform then make sure you’re prepared by attending rehearsals and practicing between classes.
  5. If another student asks for help, refer them to the teacher. Don’t teach them yourself, unless the teacher asks you. Chances are the whole class would benefit from a refresher anyhow.
  6. Ask advice from your teacher about when you’re ready to perform or teach. Trust her to know when you’re ready and to support you.

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