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