General Dance Discussion > What makes a good student?

Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by DanceMentor, Jan 1, 2005.


What Kind of a Dance Student Are You?

  1. A Once-in-a-Lifetime Student!!!

  2. Good Student

  3. Average Student

  4. Below Average Student

  5. Trouble!!!

  1. DanceMentor

    DanceMentor Administrator

    I'm not asking this question from the standpoint of a teacher saying the type of students they like best. I'm asking from the perspective of what qualities a dance student should possess in order to learn and make progress.
    Practice time?
    Ability to Listen?
    Diet and Exercise?
    Scoping out the market for the best instructors?

    What is the formula for success?
  2. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

    Allow me to be the cynic....

    one who pays!
  3. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    It is true. Paying is good.

    One who is punctual. One who accepts their limitations and that what they get out of lessons is based on what they put into them.
  4. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    makes notes (physical or mental) goes home and practices...comes back with questions.
  5. madmaximus

    madmaximus Well-Known Member

    I'd say,

    One that understands their goal,
    will do what they need to get to that goal,
    appreciates that they need a teacher to guide them there, and
    flexible enough to change their preconceptions without difficulty.

  6. Danoo

    Danoo New Member

    I'd say one who asks questions if they do not understand something
  7. emanuela

    emanuela New Member

    What does an instructor consider to be a good student?
    Also, do instructors care more for those students who want to compete?
  8. Larinda McRaven

    Larinda McRaven Site Moderator Staff Member

    I dont care if someone wants to compete or not... or do shows etc. I only care that my students are genuinely interested in learning and take it seriously, for whatever end they see fit.

    Good students, for me, are the ones that practice, maybe take notes, come to their lessons full of thoughtful questions, argue a little (this lets me know they are actually trying to understand what I am trying to convey, rather than just "yesing me") and set goals.

    Things I hate... smelling alcohol on a students breath... believe me I think some of the lessons might be easier for me too if I were tipsy, but I respect the students time effort and money too much to do that. More things, Step-mongers, snobby attitudes, people that won't honestly try to do what I am asking... at least a few times... before saying "No, I don't like/agree with that.
  9. DancingMommy

    DancingMommy Active Member

    :applause: What you said! I totally concur!
  10. emanuela

    emanuela New Member

    I don't know about asking questions or arguing a little right now. I'm a tabula rasa and I'm just absorbing a lot of information. I'm genuinely "yesing" my instructor :wink: .
  11. Serendipity

    Serendipity New Member

    My biggest thing for a good student is for them to show me that they are trying and they really want to learn. I must say i've never had the alcohol problem, but before i switched to private lessons i taught at a university and you couldn't get into the center if you were intoxicated. But for a student who wants to learn it really excites me and I have spent countless hours meeting students places to keep working on steps and concepts as long as was necessary. Even if they had an exceedingly hard time picking it up...for me desire is everything.
  12. Egoist

    Egoist Member

    Pay attention.
    Be clean and have no foul smells.
    Dress appropriately.
    Be on time.
    Pay on time.
    Call well in advance to cancel.
    Be considerate of others taking lessons.
  13. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    for me most of the things listed here are also characteristics of a good partner!
  14. emanuela

    emanuela New Member

    Amazingly, I have my first question for my instructor. I'll ask him to show me how to avoid bumping knees. :rocker:
  15. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    FTFY. :)
  16. Egoist

    Egoist Member

    Ford Trucks Feel Yummy?
  17. Twilight_Elena

    Twilight_Elena Well-Known Member

    Aaaah, the knee thing. Still haven't comletely solved that one... :p
    If you do ask, emanuela, illuminate me!

    Twilight Elena
  18. Sabor

    Sabor New Member

    good students?..hmm.. well, first and foremost they have to reply with 'Yes Master!' to everything i say

  19. dTas

    dTas New Member

    Dedication and application.

    be dedicated to what they've decided to do (practice, review, understand, inquire, etc)

    and apply what they have learned to practical uses.

    i like to know that i have taught them something that they are actually using and wont forget.

    its nice to know that in some way i've made their life(s) better.
  20. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

    A question, do you think a good student will be equivalent to a good dancer?

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