What makes a good student?

What Kind of a Dance Student Are You?


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If one is the pro's best student, maybe it's time to consider moving on.
Come on now... I came in here looking for someone else wondering why you couldn't select both "once in a lifetime" and "trouble" simultaneously. She will plan and practice 3 hours a day just to make sure she's 10x better than me, and I'll text her two hours before the lesson with a crazy request just to throw her off plan.

There's a professional relationship... but the friendship relationship better be off the charts, too. It's driven both of us to improve ourselves immensely.
 

fascination

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yea...I work pretty hard and there is no doubt in my mind that I will die light years behind my pro in terms of skill...


but I have had the other scenario as well
 
I think a good student communicates *honestly* if not effectively. Sometimes I feel like I'm whining that "I don't get it" but I need to tell him that I'm confused and the connection between the information and my movement isn't making it, so he can explain it a different way. We love those moments when something "clicks".

Another quality that I think makes a better student is trust... In the past for various reasons I was never comfortable around my teachers and could never fully trust them (that's me not them).. I think you owe it to yourself and your teacher to move on if it doesn't feel right (and you can't address the problem) because it's going to be a barrier to their teaching and your learning.
I have gotten better at saying "I don't get it". I don't like feeling like a whiner, either, so that is a challenge for me...
 
I hope I am a good student! I take several lessons a week, show up on time, pay on time and am open to learning and respectful of my coach. I try to be flexible with the schedule and I communicate my needs well. I can get frustrated with myself though and I should practice more outside of my lessons.
The last few years, my level of practice has dropped, sometimes to the frustration of the coach. Other things have become the focus of my life, and I feel like I am mainly trying to maintain what I have learned...
 
There's also the effect. of climbing the same mountain by different routes. Two teachers who could dance easily together at first meeting might have students who would find themselves in strong disagreement, because they each have a different incomplete fraction of the knowledge needed to make dancing work. So in addition to having adapted to your new teacher you have probably also grown to a point of development where their paths of approach draw closer together.
This makes a heck of a lot of sense! When I have had two or more teachers/coaches at once, or have transitioned between two of them, I have sometimes found the "different route" a bit jarring. But after settling in with the successive teacher/coach, I felt more acclimated...
 
A Good Student, in my opinion, Challenges not only themselves but thier instructor to be the best they can be and better than what they dared to hope. I Don't believe in doing everything exactly as it is being taught because that doesn't push the envelope to aspire to something better. I Don't believe in being the puppet but an advocate to being unusual and different from the norm which is what makes a Judge stand up and Notice. If all the students did exactly the same as thier teachers did-- who would get to be the best ---without the variables and differences in each of our abilities and our own personalities there would be no 1st place winners just being tied and the same as everyone else. A Good Student steps Outside the Box and Comfort Zone to be the Best and not the same. Challenge is what students and teachers need to teach and learn.
Very good points... I like the challenge of seeing what I can do next...
 
When I first voted in the poll, I said "once-in-a-lifetime". That may have been true a few years ago. But as dance is not the main focus of my life anymore (school is right now), my mind is not on it except for a few hours during the week when we are practicing. And the practice time is not as intense nor as long as it once was. As with some things, this might just be a cyclic thing...
 
Come on now... I came in here looking for someone else wondering why you couldn't select both "once in a lifetime" and "trouble" simultaneously. She will plan and practice 3 hours a day just to make sure she's 10x better than me, and I'll text her two hours before the lesson with a crazy request just to throw her off plan.
LOL--yeah, sometimes a person can be a little (or a lot) of both. Especially when both the pro and am have competitive fire in them... :)
 

debmc

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I think a good student recognizes that they are adult learners and therefore can take an active part in the education process. Giving feedback about how we learn best and what we feel we need at different points in the dance lesson is important to be a good student. A teacher can't read minds so open, non judgmental communication on both sides is important.
 

laucy.my

Active Member
I don't practise as much as I should, but I am never late for class, I listen attentively to whatever the instructor has to say and tries to fix my weaknesses. I tend to demand a lot from the instructor though, because I try to improve myself as much as I can although my passion and all seemed to be easily dismissed by my instructor who treats it with indifference. He is the best dancer here and easily the best instructor one can find where I am at, but somehow he lacks the push/passion which I'd appreciate. Maybe he just somehow lost it after his partner went to further her studies and because of that, had stopped competitive dancing since then. I know for sure, that deep down he still wants to dance and compete, but he never found someone who was up to his par and I, for one, never found a way to reignite the fire in his heart.
 
When I first voted in the poll, I said "once-in-a-lifetime". That may have been true a few years ago. But as dance is not the main focus of my life anymore (school is right now), my mind is not on it except for a few hours during the week when we are practicing. And the practice time is not as intense nor as long as it once was. As with some things, this might just be a cyclic thing...

Never mind, you are perhaps still ‘once-in-a-lifetime’, Ray Sison!

Just think of giving a link of this thread to students as I feel it can be of immense value to many laggards like me!! Not exaggerating, but feeling motivated and many tips striking (right from page-1) and easy to follow…


An honest attempt to gain from the wisdom transpired here, I am sure would catapult one very much higher.

Just copy, paste in the comp the indicators and apply, not too difficult...
 

Standarddancer

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- Fun to work with, asking good questions, show steady improvement

Respectful

- Be on time for lesson, no last minute cancellation (if have to cancel, at least try to call 24 hours ahead of time)

- Not try to negotiate down lesson or pro-am pricing or deny paying floor fee for the teaching hour, if the teacher can afford the discount, he or she would agree to the student in the first place

- Try to promote the teacher to other potential students whenever possible;)

 
Never mind, you are perhaps still ‘once-in-a-lifetime’, Ray Sison!

Just think of giving a link of this thread to students as I feel it can be of immense value to many laggards like me!! Not exaggerating, but feeling motivated and many tips striking (right from page-1) and easy to follow…


An honest attempt to gain from the wisdom transpired here, I am sure would catapult one very much higher.

Just copy, paste in the comp the indicators and apply, not too difficult...
I appreciate those sentiments and that feedback so much, anametuer! Thanks!!! :cheers:
 

dlgodud

Active Member


- Try to promote the teacher to other potential students whenever possible;)

I agree all other criteria, but not sure that this makes a good student of someone. Students are not salesmen for teachers, and don't get commission for that.
It is a nice gesture of a student if she/he does that, but it should be appreciated by teachers, not expected, IMO.
 

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