Table of Contents
from the Guide to Teaching Mideastern Dance
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lesson plans are included. This guide is designed to help
you formulate your own teaching method by giving you ideas,
examples, and a general outline of teaching a single class
as well as planning a several-week course. See excerpt
Dedication and Preface
to the new edition
- A. Background research &
- Skill assessment & development
- a. What skills does student have?
- b. Which skills need developing?
B. Classroom method
- a. Class business
- b. Warm-ups
- c. Technique drill
- d. Dance
- Introduction of a move
Practice of the move
- a. Analytical approach
- b. Intuitive approach
C. Student's ability to learn
- a. Repetition & correction
- b. Experimentation & variation
- c. Basic skills into advanced
- Mental/muscular arousal
D. Teacher's role in learning situation
E. The teacher's lessons
TRANSFORMATIVE BELLY DANCE
- a. Accentuate arousal
- b. Incorporate relaxation
- *Note on teaching beginners
- The Path to Maturity
- Blocking the Flow
- Do We Really Need to Know This?
- Where Does YOUR Extra Energy Go?
- What Do We Do With This Information?
- F. New Visions in Belly Dance
*(excerpt from "B:
Classroom method: 2. Practice of the move")
b. Experiment and Variation: The practice
of a skill can take many forms. Find alternative ways
of presenting the same material so students don't get
bored or frustrated. Alternative methods change the focus
but not the underlying concept. This keeps the student
interested while still reinforcing the move.
- Introduce stylistic changes
that would apply when using the steps in different
contexts (i.e., oriental or folkloric; vary the level of
isolation - large and loose, or subtle and controlled.)
- Foster kinetic memory by having
students repeat the move with their eyes closed; facing
a different direction; or alternately with another move.
Divide them into couples and have them face each other.
When they have to execute a step that is the 'opposite'
of their partner (i.e., isn't a 'mirror image'), they'll
really have to concentrate, and they'll learn the
move very thoroughly this way...
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