3 Mistakes to avoid when teaching connection

Oooh… I have to pick just three? ūüėČNormally, I would need to first mention the mistake of “teaching patterns and footwork before fundamental movement skills”, but today I’ll stay focused on the first few drills from the Elasticity Challenge. They might seem obvious at first, but let’s explore them in the context of this week.1.

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3 Mistakes to avoid when teaching connection

How to scout for new dance venues

Did your community lose a dance venue? Maybe they closed permanently, had to sell the building, or they just no longer are letting you use the space? Or are you outgrowing the venue you’re in or you’re looking to expand into different neighbourhoods? Either way, sounds like it’s time to go on the hunt for a new dance

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How to scout for new dance venues

3 Juicy teaching strategies you might not be using yet

We invite you to enjoy these rare but super-effective teaching tools from our massive collection:GamificationTrained Feedback podsThe Missing W’sGood teachers are collectors, tinkerers, and experimenters. They hunt and gather for nuggets of tips and advice to scuttle home to their students in the hopes that it will entertain them and help them improve.We know, because

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3 Juicy teaching strategies you might not be using yet

12 Ways to Survive the Slow Season as a WCS Teacher

Since dancing tends to slow down during the summer and winter holidays, it can be stressful wondering how you’re going to pay the bills before classes start up again. You also may fear losing the momentum and enthusiasm that you worked so hard to foster in your community during the regular season.So how can a

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12 Ways to Survive the Slow Season as a WCS Teacher

How I handled a student’s toxic behaviour

Teaching Snack #8Your struggleSometimes students resist when you try to introduce them to a method, process, or technique that they are not used to. Sometimes this resistance is disrespectful. It can be hard to stand up for yourself under pressure and take charge of your business, your method, and your reputation. An interesting thing happened at

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How I handled a student’s toxic behaviour

How to keep your students from getting lost

Teaching Snack #7Your StruggleYou’re teaching new material, and the students are focused, motivated, and capable, but you find that they are confused and learning slower than you would like.One critical piece of the puzzleWe help students every day who are lost and confused. We help them step back and focus on the skills they need

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How to keep your students from getting lost

How to handle your students’ questions like a boss!

Do your students pester you with questions? Do you you wish they would ask more questions?Do you wish you could always find the right answer to give them?Do they distract each other and then ask about something you just said?How a teacher handles students‚Äô questions proves their credibility, their maturity, their empathy, and their trustworthiness. All

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How to handle your students’ questions like a boss!

Are you limiting your students’ growth?

Teaching Snack #6Your struggleYou try your best to encourage your students, but you still wish they would practice more, show up to class more consistently, and focus on applying what they learned to their dance so they could grow.My storySee my little creeping ivy plant in the title image? He gets plenty of water and

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Are you limiting your students’ growth?

How to teach an intro class so students actually come back

You get lots of people in the door for their first class. Yay! But getting them to come back? That’s another story…You managed to attract people to come to your intro class, or maybe even sign up for a Beginner series. But the enthusiasm of the first class died out quickly, as students started to

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How to teach an intro class so students actually come back

The gift of learning Following before Footwork

Teaching Snack #5 Your struggle You get people in the door for their first class. Yay!  But the enthusiasm of the first class dies out quickly, as students bow their heads, staring at the feet, trying to remember if their foot is supposed to cross in front or behind, cursing themselves when they ‚Äúget it wrong‚ÄĚ.  You

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The gift of learning Following before Footwork

Avoid repelling potential dancers

You want to attract more dancers to WCS, right? You need more bodies walking in the door, and then you need them to come back after their first class. Of course, the way you teach the class will make a huge difference: traditional methods are proven to be limited in their effectiveness, so you need to

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Avoid repelling potential dancers

Your WCS students are watching you!

Teaching Snack #3 Your struggleYour students have some stubborn bad habits:having bad posturelazy, shuffling footworklack of stretchpoor eye contactbeing rigid, selfish, or not adaptablegiving unsolicited feedbackrudely demanding or refusing a dancenot thanking partners after a dancebeing grumpy about dancing with lower level partnersbeing snobby when they reach a certain level Of course, some of these

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Your WCS students are watching you!