[Callers] Advice teaching teens

Liz and Bill staf186 at ext.canterbury.ac.nz
Tue Jun 21 22:12:51 PDT 2011

Hi David, Amy, Andrea, and Mac,

       Thank you all for your helpful tips. We had our first session (7 till 9) last
night at a nice little country hall in Loburn an hour north of CHCH.
28 teens showed up with a few parents. One of our regular experienced dancers
Bev came along  to help.

        The main goal was for them to have fun. We did 6 dances. I ran most dances
twice. Before doing it again Bev and I would show them one or two things they
could do to make it more fun (i.e. a flourish on the dosido, clap or stomp on the
beat), and then second time with much less prompting.

         I started off with an easy mixer. Did 3 contras two of which went
well. I misjudged the difficulty of one and flagged it.  After that on, I did 
"Waves of Tory"
which a lot of them were keen on, then finished with a scatter type mixer.

        Amy's 'arrowhead' teaching tip for swings was great. So we'll do it 
again next

        My pay was one jar of clover honey from one of their parent's hives.

Cheers, Bill

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