Today’s blog is aimed at teachers and instructors, but it’s got life advice anyone can use:
Back in my early teaching days, I had this fear of my students getting bored. And believe me, my students would let me know. New Yawwkas… need I say more?!
So every week, I always created a new routine. I worked hard on it, spending several hours per routine. And to be honest, for what I was getting paid, all that work was not worth it.
Yet, what I realized was all the new weekly routines were actually doing a disservice to my students, as it took them the entire class to finally feel comfortable with the routine.
So, I repeated the routine next week and sometimes the 3rd week, and with new music. They loved it!
What I learned was that not only did my students need the repetition, but I was discovering things I hadn’t the first time, like better breakdowns and different ways to say cues. Repetition helped me work my way to teaching better.
So, it bears repeating:
For your students as well as yourself.
And if you’re not a teacher: it’s the age old lesson that practice makes perfect. If you’re having a hard time with, say, a new dance routine… well, keeping at it will get ya’ results!
P.S (Did you know that the SharQui format has SO MANY “rinse & repeat” options with the choreographed routines that we provide our instructors? Yep! And if you sign up now, you get $50 off the Online SharQui Instructor Training, 4 videos by the amazing Jillina AND the Spring Shimmy Shake-Up 30-day virtual studio for FREE. Shimmy over here to apply!)