Are you listening?

Being a dance teacher is often thought to be just about telling others what to do and how to do it. But an essential part of teaching is about listening to our learners. Listening to them helps us to know if they have understood what we have asked them to do. Listening to them helps to guide us, as their teacher, to things that we need to pay attention to. When we give a correction or adjustment to alignment we cannot know how the change feels for the dancer so we need to ask and then listen carefully to the answer. The responses we get helps us to know more about how the dancer understands our teaching.

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