|Posted by Dancer-Dr[email protected] on July 19, 2019 at 5:40 PM|
DANCE CLASSES & COACHING ON LINE?
I am a firm believer that dance classes at all levels should really be held in person. The student and instructor need to be together in the same room. Yet, on the other hand there are times and situations where this is impossible. So, yes, there is a need for on line coaching and classes. As time goes by and as I have moved from a city where cultural development was everywhere to a location where culture might as well be a foreign word. Today, I see a need for online teaching. While not a replacement for studio training, Online classes gain a particular following.
Musicians can learn from a sore but dancers have always learned from person to person. The true work of dancers still remains solidly in the studio. A dance student needs personal feedback. It is the older generation of students not the kids who go for online classes. They are far less experienced and confident in their abilities but are fascinated by dance. So the appeal is there, especially for beginners. It suits their timetable, their level and held in the comfort and privacy of their own home.
These particular students find that they may make fools of themselves in a dance classroom. At home there is little risk of embarrassment. Afterwards they might sign up for an in studio class. These aging students are realizing a new consciousness of exercise, nutrition, and fitness. An adult beginner class is a big seller. For a lot of adults a beginner class in a studio is too advanced. Classes need to be developed for these people
There are also adults who want to learn how to dance, but many of them do not have access to a studio who offers these classes for adults. It takes a lot from the instructor who already has to have the knowledge to teach good classes in technique and knows how to work with adults and not children and teens. An instructor needs to start posting instructional videos, teaching herself how to film, edit and post material. These classes need to be paid for. They need to be in an interactive format, where you can see the student and she can see the instructor. It needs to be a a completely judgment-free zone for the student. The instructor does not want the student/students to feel self-conscious or that they have to be perfect before even starting.
Classes can be run on Skype or Zoom depending on the preference. Chat boxes are great where students can ask questions, get answers and then can be saved saved to website so students in different time zones can watch later. Classes can be offered from 30 minutes to 1 & 1/2 hrs. I offer coaching sessions that work this way. Classes can be scheduled from weekly to anything the teacher decides.
Dance classes of all types are offered. Everything from Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates. International dance styles like Flamenco, Arabic Style/Belly Dance, Folk styles, and Hula etc. can all be found. Plus anything else you might be interested in. The technology can be frustrating at times but it connects with a global audience which is a bonus.
There are also platforms that offer on line systems. Research places like Yes Course, Teachable, Thinkific and Course Craft. Do your home work and decide from there if teaching this way or taking classes this way is for you. My studio is called Art/Dance Academy. I offer a variety of classes that are designed just for the student. YOU! I do coaching for students of any level on Skype or Zoom. My classes on a platform are based on my books. So, everything from playing Finger Cymbals to Choreography or Improvisation and everything in between. Contact [email protected] for information. Check our website at https://Art/DanceAcademy-El Fen.webs.com. Call us at 760-715-2276 or 865-375-0446. Please leave a message. We are always expanding our services. Arabic Drumming and Musicality will be offered the autumn of 2019.