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10 Rules of taking lessons with a guest teacher

10 Rules of taking lessons with a guest teacher. Blog article by Marcin Raczynski

Every dancer has their idols and the thought of having a private dance lesson with them is mind-blowing. But there are some unwritten rules you should follow when you have your lesson with a guest teacher.

 

  1. Find out how much lessons cost in advance

    Most guest dance teacher will only take cash so to avoid embarrassment and running to an ATM after your lesson, bring the right money with you. Also, guest dance teachers may charge a bit more than your regular teacher.

  2. Discuss the lesson with your coach first

    Going to guest teachers may be a great thing. Make sure you speak to your coach about it first. They can help you plan it and explain whether it’s what you actually need at that moment in time. Don’t ever try to hide it as it’s a very small world.

  3. Have a list of questions in mind

    You don’t have very much time, so to get the most out of your lesson, bring a piece of paper with specific questions. Your regular teacher could help you prepare that.

    10 Rules of taking lessons with a guest teacher. Blog article by Marcin Raczynski

  4. Don’t just turn up as blank canvas

    If the guest teacher doesn’t know you, they will give you lots to work on, but that may not be in line with what your coach is trying to do at the moment. It should all be connected.

  5. Dress nicely!

    Not only are you representing yourself, but also your coach! So you should wear your full practice gear and have a “professional” look.

  6. Warm up properly

    Spending 20 mins of your valuable lesson to get your legs moving, is NOT time and money well spent!

    10 Rules of taking lessons with a guest teacher. Blog article by Marcin Raczynski

  7. Focus on the dance you’re not good at

    The point of a lesson is to do something you’re not good at so instead of doing another lot of Rumba walks or Slow Waltz, why not focus on Jive or Quickstep?

  8. Let the teacher do the talking

    Time is precious so the only way for you to learn something new, is by listening rather than repeating what you already know.

  9. At the end of the lesson ask for specific exercises

    Be clear with what to take away from the lesson. If you don’t understand it, say it and ask for homework!

  10. Write down all the information so you can discuss it with your coach afterwards

    Let your coach know how the lesson went so he can implement the information into your practice. Once again, what you learn from a guest teacher, should follow the plan from your coach!

    10 Rules of taking lessons with a guest teacher. Blog article by Marcin Raczynski

Most of these points are just common sense but it’s surprising how many people don’t follow them. I love taking lessons with guest teachers, for inspiration, different point of view and opinion, and so should you. Just remember that there’s time for everything so make sure that you have a good plan in place for your dancing with your coach first!

Is there anything else you do before dance lessons with a guest teacher? Comment below.

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