Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by SDsalsaguy, Apr 10, 2003.
It sounds like the environment you are in is very similar to the one I started my lessons in. Including the training methods, and the stratification of the teachers. To my eyes, during the first year or so I was dancing, the "advanced" teachers seemed pretty lofty. Now, not so much. I've known a number of pros who have been national level championship and rising star finalists and semifinalists who are certainly not "too good" to teach brand new beginners. Interestingly enough, they actually know how to teach beginners. You don't have to go to OSB to see this. Find yourself a nearby independent studio where students are competing in open (in the sense that anyone can enter) competitions, and just have a look.
This is what I said... I think it has been misintepreted.....I clearly stated that different teachers can suit different levels, but there are teachers that can teach all levels effectively.
I also agree that watching pro instructors with their students at competitions gives an excellent view. The top pros have students dancing well at all levels.
I agree with TT and debmc on this you can review "final product quality" very well at major comps
But the teaching style itself you must experience for yourself Like TT said if students make it to open with a teacher that teacher is doing something right
Yes, I agree with that. The top pro am teachers in the country have students that they have brought from bronze to open successfully, and have students competing successfully in every level...and every style for that matter!
There are some absolutely wonderful instructors that are great at what they do, but I would never recommend a beginner to them because they don't know how to teach a beginner. They're the kind of instructors that advanced dancers go to for greater development.
Then there are those who can teach all levels. You can take a look at their students and see how spread out their levels are. If you see beginners and advanced students under them, then chances are that they can teach everyone. But if you only see advanced students, then you may want to inquire further.
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