Something doesn’t add up….How many WCS patterns do you think you’ve ever learned?Just calculate how many patterns you learn per week, then multiply that by how long you’ve been dancing.Now, how many of those patterns have you actually adopted into your social or competition dancing?Oof. That’s a big difference.That’s a lot of money and time […]
How to teach an intro class so students actually come back
You get lots of people in the door for their first class. Yay! But getting them to come back? That’s another story…You managed to attract people to come to your intro class, or maybe even sign up for a Beginner series. But the enthusiasm of the first class died out quickly, as students started to […]
How to handle your students’ questions like a boss!
Do your students pester you with questions? Do you you wish they would ask more questions?Do you wish you could always find the right answer to give them?Do they distract each other and then ask about something you just said?How a teacher handles students’ questions proves their credibility, their maturity, their empathy, and their trustworthiness. All […]
What’s Your Dance Profile?
Can’t get your body to do what the teacher expects? You could be dancing in the wrong profile. I’ve got good news for you:It’s not your fault – there’s nothing wrong with you, but you need different tools.You are not alone – most dancers are struggling to conform to an ideal.There is a solution – it’s […]
How to Make Sure Your Dance Partners Aren’t Complaining About You
No one wants to be the person that everyone complains about. It’s easy to make the assumption that since you “never get any complaints” that your partners are satisfied enough. But since people don’t usually complain to your face, how do you know if people are complaining about you or not? One method is to […]
How to keep your students from getting lost
Teaching Snack #7Your StruggleYou’re teaching new material, and the students are focused, motivated, and capable, but you find that they are confused and learning slower than you would like.One critical piece of the puzzleWe help students every day who are lost and confused. We help them step back and focus on the skills they need […]
Are you limiting your students’ growth?
Teaching Snack #6Your struggleYou try your best to encourage your students, but you still wish they would practice more, show up to class more consistently, and focus on applying what they learned to their dance so they could grow.My storySee my little creeping ivy plant in the title image? He gets plenty of water and […]
The gift of learning Following before Footwork
Teaching Snack #5 Your struggle You get people in the door for their first class. Yay! But the enthusiasm of the first class dies out quickly, as students bow their heads, staring at the feet, trying to remember if their foot is supposed to cross in front or behind, cursing themselves when they “get […]
Avoid repelling potential dancers
Teaching Snack #4 Your struggle You want to attract more dancers to WCS! You need more bodies walking in the door, and then you need them to come back after their first class. Of course, the way you teach the class will make a huge difference: traditional methods are proven to be limited in […]
Your WCS students are watching you!
Teaching Snack #3 Your struggle Your students have some stubborn bad habits: having bad posture lazy, shuffling footwork lack of stretch poor eye contact being rigid, selfish, or not adaptable giving unsolicited feedback rudely demanding or refusing a dance not thanking partners after a dance being grumpy about dancing with lower level partners being […]