Tips for Seeking a Good Instructor
Questions and tips when looking for an Oriental Dance instructor:
1) Integrity does this teacher have her students best interests at heart? Is she warm, open, loves her art and corrects with kindness? Is it a warm, inviting, sharing atmosphere? Is she more interested in your growth as a student than in financial gains? Does she push performing/recitals on students too soon? Is she too eager to have students purchase expensive costuming and accessories they dont need?
2) Knowledge Does this teacher still seek out and study with other teachers? Does this teacher acknowledge that learning this is not an instantaneous process? This dance takes as much time as any other to learn well. Does she go slowly enough so that the movements can be mastered properly, or is it an assembly line kind of thing? Learning this dance is like learning a language. One must learn the words and pronunciation first, then go on to build sentences, paragraphs, and finally, a full page ( a choreographed dance). Does she dress herself and her students appropriately for age and weight when they perform? (youll know it when you see it)
3) Technique Above all, does she have good, solid technique? The posture for Oriental Dance must always have the knees flexed, pelvis slightly tucked, and rib cage up with shoulders slightly back, and arms should be graceful and flowing.
If you are seeing locked knees, swayback, upper body leaning back from the pelvic girdle for the sake of your skeletal health - flee!
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