What I Have And You Don’t

A few words about what I have and you don’t… So you took a few classes. You learned a few steps. You know how to do them yet somehow you don’t look like your teacher. You seem to lack something. So you ask yourself a...... Read More

Breathe To Dance Better?

Today, my Bikram yoga teacher – Chris made an interesting comment about breathing in class (I’m surprised I even heard it half dead, sweat in my ears). He was talking about how, when doing any strenuous activity we immediately start gasping for air. Right? Isn’t...... Read More

What Can Your Ass Do For You?

(I used the word “ASS” in the title to attract the attention of all of us who wouldn’t read anything that has “ASSESSMENT” in it. Please note that the following blog entry will indeed be about assessment :-) My understanding of assessment is simple –...... Read More

Too Much Rhythm?

I noticed something interesting today as I was teaching a new student who claimed he has no rhythm. He backed up his statement by giving me a short demonstration of what he can do. What I said to him afterwards surprised us both. (It surprised...... Read More

Remember The Time

To understand how much you’ve accomplished in your learning process you always have to remember how you started. On those days when you lack motivation, it is good to remember your first class and how much you’ve improved since then. Then imagine yourself being only...... Read More

Comunicatión

Check this out. Suppose your teacher makes you repeat a specific exercise each time you’re in class. Suppose you don’t have the slightest idea what purpose it serves but you keep doing it regardless. Your teacher happily keeps drilling the exercise – after all it...... Read More

Confused?

If you don’t understand something – ASK! The teacher will give you another explanation, making sure you understand introduced concept. Don’t just say ‘I understand’ because that way your instructor will assume that the problem is solved and you will wonder why you are still...... Read More

To teach also should imply a belief in that which one teaches, and desire to share this knowledge and make it be a vital experience to those taught. This can only be accomplished if the student is enabled to construct in his own mind the ideas the teacher is presenting. And when the idea "clicks" through the student's own thinking, it is his, for it exists for him as his own creation. He has constructed it for himself, although he may owe the impetus for thinking to the thought of another. — Margaret H’Doubler, A Way of Thinking

Own It

Do you often have those “ah-hah!” moments? Do you have them while taking dance classes? Perhaps when you find yourself able to find song’s rhythm for the first time… or transition smoothly from one movement to the next? Or FINALLY truly freestyle to the song...... Read More

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