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Right Teacher; Wrong Tools

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 There are so many great teachers out there! You might be one! But even great teachers will have limited success with the wrong tools. Let’s be logical about this and take emotion out of it: “Wrong” in this case, simply means “less effective”, or “with negative side effects”. It doesn’t mean “bad” or “useless”: […]

Your WCS students are watching you!

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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 […]

What “Levels” Really Mean

What Levels Really Mean

In every skill-based activity there’s a difference between the beginners and the veterans. This makes sense – the longer you work at something, the better you get at it. Notice I said work at; just because you hack at something longer, doesn’t mean you’re improving. But the dance community is full of distinctions, divisions, labelling…ways […]

25 Myths and Misunderstandings about WCS

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I am simultaneously appalled and entertained by some of the things my students say in lessons.  I don’t blame them for ignorance and I’m not disappointed in them in any way. But sometimes they report “facts” about the WCS scene that they have heard from their peers (and sometimes unfortunately from a teacher) that are […]