When we first started teaching WCS, we followed the model of our own (awesome) teachers, and didn't question if it was the best method - it was just the method we were used to. But something never felt right. Something was missing, and we felt there must be an easier way.
So we started borrowing pedagogical methods from Tessa's training in teaching school and coaching sports. We didn't change the WCS content. We just changed how we taught it, the sequence, and the emphasis.
Several years of research and testing proved that our evolving method was way more effective than the way we were taught, and way more fun for our students. Students in group classes, workshops, and private lessons were improving faster AND having more fun learning! We even used these methods to accelerate our own progress, launching us to Champion level in both improvisation and choreography competition.
We really wanted to share this method so everyone can enjoy the same results and help West Coast Swing grow strong and healthy around the world!
Model of the
Swing Literacy Teacher Development Program
Using a two-pronged approach of online study and interactive coaching, we created a comprehensive program that trains teachers how to take their existing content and wisdom and enhance it for better results.
The SLDM Teacher Development Program trains you how to...
- Teach the student not just how to dance, but *how to learn* how to dance
- Prioritize skills over patterns and footwork to make learning easier and faster
- Teach in a way that makes the students love and crave technique
- Diagnose & treat missing skills to cure or prevent their bad habits
- Attract and retain more students who want better results
Here are yours:
Prior to the SLDM program, we always wanted something more and knew that we lost people. Since finishing and implementing the SLDM, we are able to retain many more people and grow the dancers we already have. Our community probably doubled during the first few months of using the new program!- Jessica Wrape
How much is a permanent upgrade in your teaching worth to you?
How much is it worth to make sure your students are no longer struggling
to improve but instead are thriving and loving their lessons?
How much did you spend on your own personal dancing at the last event?
What would it be worth if just 1 more student was coming to all your lessons and
raving about you to all the other dancers in your scene?
What about 5 more students? or 10?
I think the program is comparable to a university level course. I feel like I got a similar value from it as I did from the courses that I took during my Bachelor of Education program at university.- Shannon Black