Connecting the Dots in Belly DanceAdd to favorites
This past weekend I was able to do a workshop with my students and at the same time showcase the curriculum that I have been working on for a better part of a year. What is so exciting about this new curriculum is that it is the end result of students understanding choreography in a way that makes sense to them.
What I mean by this is students are learning to understand their own choreography. The curriculum shows them how to connect the dots.
The one thing that I have noticed especially with the emails Daniel and I have received through out this last year is that many dancers don’t understand how to interpret movement to music or they don’t even know why they move a certain way to the music, they just follow their teacher. Some dancers have said that they learn the same moves over and over again but the reason behind the move is not talked about.
I think as teachers we have to take a good look at our own curriculum and than stand back so we can take a good look at what we are teaching.
Connecting the dots never made more sense to me than it does now. We can’t just give students a glimpse of something and than hope they get it, we have to show them what happens when the dots are connected. What is so exciting right now is that the end result of my curriculum is showing itself in each and every dancer that I have. I have beginner students who I started with this curriculum and they are advancing in leaps and bounds. I have students that have come back to me that are amazed at the changes and they can see the difference in what they had already learned to what they are learning now.
The online classes have really helped evolve this curriculum and my teaching ability. I have many students and dancers to thank for helping me understand that when a student is learning how to dance she has to be taught in a way so that she can enjoy and understand the process.
The formula is simple; opposition hips and understanding how they work together or apart. Layering with opposition hips and understanding when to work in your right and left sides. Transition steps and transition moves used to change with the phrasing in the music.
If students are given a repertoire of moves and combinations and they are taught how to use them than eventually the body will relax and take over. Once the body relaxes and takes over than accents,exaggerated moves or pauses along with level changes, lines and angles can be used in the dancers own unique way. The end result will be a dancer that is confident and well trained.
So for all you teachers out there think about how you train your students because once a student understands how to connect the dots, the dancer in her will emerge before your very eyes and it is a beautiful sight indeed!