Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Best Teachers

By James Kwong, Waipio
"The best teachers are not always the best dancers. Likewise, the best dancers are not always the best teachers." This is pretty well known in our dance culture. On Oahu, there seems to be two very definite groups that consistently train the best International Style dancers. By the same token, there are two groups that regularly are not able to do good teaching and most of the students have to "learn." Ron Montez, well known Latin Dance Champion, "It's one thing to know how to dance but it is a totally different thing to be able to teach students at their level."

"If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all the evidence that you tried."

Many teachers begin to notice quite early in their respective careers that the results may be different according to different teachers. As always there are three levels of teachers and students. The teachers that seem to be able to convey dance basics to a large quantity of the students in their classes. Then there are teachers that have difficulty with some students, many of whom remain for relatively long periods. Then there are the ones that as far as the teacher is concerned will always have two left feet.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

However the students differ also in three classes. Those that absorb the rhythm of the dance and can apply the teaching by rote easily. The middle class which is the largest group are the ones with the perseverance to learn, but just take a little longer. Some times in changing to a new instructor everything seem to come to an order and they all right then. Then the worst are the ones with two left feet that are difficult to convince that one of them is a right foot. The only way these can learn is not by rote but by the rhythm of the dance being learned. With time they will find the right teacher."

"The Social dancers believe they are the creators of the dance created. They are the artist and the expression in each dance and each partner participates completely."