Today on my 6th week of class, I asked the students to talk to me a little about their experience. I know they are extremely excited about the upcoming competition, so I have no trouble getting them to concentrate on each dance I've taught. They are flying through all 4 of the core program dances, and they are always asking for more. It is just such a moving experience for me. In class today I asked them to tell me what they've learned so far. Their answers were:
Swing is a joyful dance
Waltz and tango are serious dances
You always ask a lady to dance
and my two favorites:
Show off your diamonds (ladies styling)
Check out the ladies in the room (men's styling) Too funny!
I also asked them the hardest part of dancing. They all said remembering the steps, remembering their posture, and what foot to start each pattern with. Very valid comments, I thought.
The last question I asked was what makes a good dancer. They agreed remembering the steps, listening to their teacher, being determined, and being optimistic were all ingredients to a good dancer.
I could not agree more!