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The book about setting up, planning, teaching and enjoying belly dance classes. By Sara Shrapnell
This book is aimed at those who are new to teaching Belly dance or who are looking to start teaching in the future, be they professional dancers, long term students, teacher assistants or class leaders. It is assumed that the reader has an excellent understanding of the basic moves and some depth in their chosen topic. This is not primarily a book on what to teach, so much as how to teach belly dance.
I have included a variety of different ways to teach the basic moves, and while I know belly dance doesn’t share a worldwide naming system I hope that you can understand which moves I mean from my descriptions.
I also wanted this book to be useful to teachers in all styles of belly dance and not to push my own dance style on to others. The key moves are what will make your classes “belly dance”, but your own styling, accent, dance skills and history are what will make your classes unique.
I have included instructions on how to write your own term/semester and lesson plans, so that you can share your own style at a pace that suits you and your students.
In addition to lesson planning, I have included practical tips on how to set up and promote classes, how to deal with students and how to keep up with your own training. I have shared my thoughts about the different learning styles, class room planning, student performances and event planning. I hope that together they give you the confidence to glide on to the next stage of your teaching.
Finally I have included practical projects to help you research and prepare for teaching in your own area. You may need to work through them in the order they are set, or you may prefer to skip around to chapters that interest you.
Please note that all opinions in this book are my own and you may well be or know a greater expert in these topics. I have studied belly dance for more than twenty years but I know I have only scratched the surface and I apologies for any mistakes I have made. This book is my advice to new teachers, and, as with any advice, you may take it or leave it.
I wish you many happy years of enjoyable, rewarding and profitable belly dance classes - Sara
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