Archive of ‘Teaching’ category

Why Leading Is Not More Difficult Than Following, and How to Make It True

I hear this statement all the time: “Leading is more difficult than following.” Sometimes apologetically, sometimes with the qualifier, “but just in the beginning and intermediate stages,” but always with the bottom line that leading intrinsically requires more skill, more thought, and more attention than following. This might be okay if it were true, but […] Read more…

5 Ways to Relax Students Without Using the “R” Word

“Learning better movement is more like sculpture than painting. You improve your art by taking things away, not adding them.” – Todd Hargrove, A Guide to Better Movement As teachers we understand the importance of relaxing. We know that relaxation – both overall relaxation and the relaxation of specific muscles – allows students to learn better, […] Read more…

Integrating Technique: A Natural Approach

Recently, while assisting another teacher in a beginning tango class, the students I was working with were trying close embrace for the first time. The teacher prompted them to find a comfortable hug, then gradually introduced variations to make the embrace work for tango. Both of the students I was working with started with a very comfortable […] Read more…

The Right Way to Teach a Styling Class

Most of us remember the first dancer who inspired us to want to express ourselves through the form of dance, who awakened us to the possibilities for communication and expression that dancing promises. When I started learning salsa, my first partner dance, I remember very vividly the first salsera I looked up to. Her name was Katya. Every dance form […] Read more…

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