General Dance Discussion > "Head of the Studio"

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by Pacion, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. Pacion

    Pacion New Member

    If you were "Head of the Studio" or the Dance Teacher for the day, what would you do/not do and why? This is the sister thread to the Emperor for the Day thread :lol:
  2. peachexploration

    peachexploration New Member

    Concentrate on Dance Ettiquette for Followers and Leaders. :? SeeYou're Not the Boss of Me thread.
  3. Monsour

    Monsour New Member

    One thing I'd do is teach the importance of flare and attitude.

    When I danced with a standard dancing school doing Jazz, tap, ballet etc etc they taught you the steps but never really taught us the importance of attitude.

    I'd also teach the importance of feeling the music instead of counting one two three do this step at one do this step at three......

    thats what real dancing is about feeling the music and having flare and attitude...
  4. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    I I were the head of the school, I would make sure that those with an overinflated ego were given a reality check.

    Back to the basics!!!
  5. johnnywalker

    johnnywalker New Member

    Woohoo!!!!!!! go girl.

    Can I send a few people your way then? :D
  6. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member


    Thanks! I just can't stand to see "silver" or "gold" dancers who can't frigging do a frigging basic ON TIME!!! It's not about being a step-monster, grrrrrrrrrrr
  7. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Yes, but how do you really feel about it? :wink:
  8. Sakura

    Sakura New Member

    Hmm.... If I were "Head of the Studio" for a day... Well, the first thing I would do is hold an open workshop for people who've wanted to learn how to dance but may not have gotten to it for whatever reason. So I'd have a few simple basic steps taught for some Latin and Standard dances. The second thing I'd do is get some help on my technique -- as far as using the hips, knees, etc. are concerned! :oops: I know my teacher said that that comes with time, which I don't get, but I'd like help! =^__^=

    ...I think that might be it, as far as that goes. But, I'd have a lot of fun! :D :banana: Who wouldn't?!

    Sakura Kitty :kitty:
  9. Genesius Redux

    Genesius Redux New Member

    Well post away SK!

    There are lots of threads on Latin motion--basically, though, the hip motion comes from the knees and feet. Settle into your hip, step onto a bent leg, straighten the leg so that both legs are straight for just a second, as you shift the weight into your other hip, then settle into your other hip, stepping onto the other bent leg at the same time. That's Latin motion in basic. 8)
  10. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Not necessarily GR!

    If you're doing International Latin cha cha or rumba you most certainly do not step onto a flexed leg. The primary technique difference between these and their American counterparts is precisely that of stepping onto a straight leg.
  11. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    :notworth: :bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy:

    :twisted: How about setting one of these workshops up at every Salsa Congress around the world.....? I'm sure it's a global issue worth addressing in the next Summit :wink: !
  12. Chris Stratton

    Chris Stratton New Member

    Have everyone try dancing the most basic figures in the opposite role.

    Just an ounce of perspective towards what your partner is doing can be increadibly valuable.
  13. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    You know, one of my local studios have just done it at the start of this year. The responds were fanatastic......they got soooooo many new students through the door (ok, you do get some freebie-getters :roll: who show up for the Open Week & never to be seen again).

    I recommend this promotional method. While it may not suit everyone, it's certainly worked for a small, independent, own-operator one like this.
  14. delamusica

    delamusica Active Member

    Chris - I love your signature quote!
  15. SDsalsaguy

    SDsalsaguy Administrator Staff Member

    Ditto! :D
  16. Sakura

    Sakura New Member

    Yay! Technique help! But first:
    Just to clarify, when I said, "I know my teacher said that that comes with time, which I don't get..." I meant that I don't get time into the studio. :roll: :oops: Just clearing that up!

    Thanks for the help, Genesius, and I think, SD, that we're doing mostly International Latin styles... He *did* teach me the American Cha Cha, but I think that there were only a few differences there, from the little that I've learned. (Starting position's different, I know.) And he briefly mentioned some differences between American and International Rhumba... I don't really remember those... :) :oops: I think American was supposed to be faster... I suppose I shall learn that one day! (But I'm sure one of you all here will be that kind to enlighten me! :D )
    My main problem on the technique is just that there's no real, smooth swing to it yet. Again, my teacher said that that will come later, so I should worry about getting the steps and after that, working on trying to improve my technique. There are a couple steps that I think it's almost there on! ...But then, *doing* it in dance is the real test to that, ne? :roll:

    Kudos to you, Chris, your sig is indeed awesome! ...So long as you don't swallow those legos.... :twisted: :wink:

    See you guys!

    Sakura Kitty :kitty:
  17. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    I'm afraid DanceMentor would revoke my posting privileges if I told you how I REALLY felt about it!
  18. Sakura

    Sakura New Member

    :D :banana: :lol: :D :banana: :lol: :D :banana: :lol:

    I love you! =^______^= :twisted: :wink:

    Sakura Kitty :kitty:

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