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Where did "that song" come from? That "snake charmer" song? Why does everyone in North America except "real" belly dancers seem to associate that song with belly dancing? The song was introduced to the collective consciousness of the American public over a century ago by Sol Bloom, a show business promoter who later became a U. Bloom was the entertainment director of the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition ofwhich was celebrating the th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World. One of its attractions, called A Street In Cairo, included snake charmers, camel rides, the infamous dancers that later spawned the legend of Little Egypt, and other exciting things to entertain turn-of-the-century fair-goers.

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Main Dancing Out of Category ». It's been a minute since I had a take on this, but I've been making this list since being a pretty hard-core amateur, part of a few amateur partnerships, a long-time teacher, and now a studio owner.

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Even more than usual. But don't worry, there's a similar post for students coming soon. Because I want my teacher to be on time for my lesson, but because it's also their job to dance in rhythm with the music?

This goes without saying Or does it?

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Honestly, search Google and you'll come up with excellent attributes of a "professional," but here are some about which I feel especially strong. I had some very good points about it over at Dance Comp Review as far as how to behave at competitions. There's a stage when you're in the beginning of your teaching when you can plan your learning-how-to-teach curve by, "Oh crap, I need to know more than my student.

And it's a lot more than "I know how to do this step" because all the celebs on DWTS "know how to do that step". And at least one way for the people in the back. Have exercises to break it up into little tiny pieces. Have some bad pun about it, so people remember it.

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While there are many good dancers out there, being a good teacher is a different skill-set. Professionals should refine BOTH of these skills to excel. Dancing is not always fun.

There are techniques to learn, plateaus to conquer, insecurities to overcome. EVEN SO, teachers can put students' favorite practice track on repeat, make some jokes or reminisce about when they first learned The Whatever, and by god, keep dancing. The art of small talk should not be overlooked. Whether in a social setting at a dance or just starting out a private lesson, a little "How was your day?

On the chance that a teacher gets the opportunity to get paid to dance with their student at an event, it's not about the teacher on pro-am day. Make sure the student s are prepared. Warm-up or hang out with the students as needed 30 minutes to an hour before they dance, stick around for awards, have meals together are all pretty standard practices.

Again, keep in mind the "being professional" and "know your shiz" rules. Students learn the most from the example their teachers set. Reblog 0. Main Dancing Out of Category » October 24, So You Want to be a Pro : Expectations It's been a minute since I had a take on this, but I've been making this list since being a pretty hard-core amateur, part of a few amateur partnerships, a long-time teacher, and now a studio owner.

Be on time Hahahahahahahahaha GET IT?! Be professional in the studio and around your students.

Sex, religion, and politics. Dance is an escape from "the real world" and getting involved in conversations with students along these topics might make a great connection, but it also bears the same likelihood of separating teachers from students who don't share the same opinion. Like the famous quote from apolitical Michael Jordan after being asked to support a highly publicized Democrat race and turning it down"Even Republicans buy shoes.

Set boundaries. Instructors should not be unloading their problems and life situations on their students, even when vice versa might be true.

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Which would be pretty easy to doif everyone kept dancing. Dress professionally. Yoga pants are practice wear. Ballroom gowns and suits are competition wear.

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Somewhere in between those two extremes are what pros should wear. Ladies, we have a lot more wiggle room, which is either frustrating or liberating. But dress pants with stretch and tops you feel comfortable in are great personal favorite are ones with sleeves, because I don't want my sweaty armpits on my partners' arms and ones with decent back coverage, because I don't want my partners' sweaty hands on my bare back.

Groom your face and hair so it doesn't look like you just rolled out of bed to get there. Know Your Shit There's a stage when you're in the beginning of your teaching when you can plan your learning-how-to-teach curve by, "Oh crap, I need to know more than my student.

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Make it fun Dancing is not always fun. Know how to hold a conversation The art of small talk should not be overlooked. Perform well and easy On the chance that a teacher gets the opportunity to get paid to dance with their student at an event, it's not about the teacher on pro-am day. Teach all the things Goldilocks and the Three Floors 3. Men's Furnishings 4.

Dancing Badly - Performance Edition 5. A Little Explanation of Judges' Marks. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kate Bratt and Riot and Frolic with appropriate and specific direction to the original content aka, a link to this site.

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