Essential Elements of a Beginner Belly Dance Class
When you open your door to teach a beginner belly dance
class, you are in a unique position to shape and influence the future
generation of belly dancers. Their
experience in your class can potentially determine their perception of belly
dance as an industry and a cultural art form.
Imagine that this one experience, in your class, can cause them to
become completely obsessed, or be completely turned off by the art and industry
as a whole. While most beginner
experiences are likely to be somewhere in the middle, it is important to
remember what it felt like as a beginner belly dance student.
In this free course, Katayoun will discuss the six essential elements of a beginner belly dance class and how to incorporate them into your class to help connect with a more diverse student base and keep them coming back for more!
A recent transplant to San Diego, CA, Katayoun Hutson is a master teacher, author and national presenter. She served the Washington, D.C. area as a respected leader in the performing arts community for two decades, earning a reputation among students and colleagues as a passionate and dedicated creative force. Founder of the Mosaique Collaborative (formerly Mosaique Center for Cultural Arts) in Sterling, VA, she specializes in Iranian and Arab dance traditions with approximately 400 hours of advanced and specialty training in Middle Eastern dance and music. An educator and dance instructor with over 8,000 teaching hours in the classroom and the studio, her methodology highlights the aesthetics of cultural dance with a body positive approach aimed for dancers of all ages and abilities.
Katayoun is author of “Oriental Dance Curriculum, A Complete Guide for the Belly Dance Teacher: Beginner to Multilevel,” which is the first globally-distributed curriculum guide for teaching belly dance. Trained through the University of Virginia Curry School of Education in curriculum, instruction, human development and learning theory, Katayoun merges her classroom experience as a school teacher and her leadership in the belly dance community to bring tried and true teaching methods to the belly dance classroom.
Katayoun shares her expertise in teaching, offering topics ranging from multilevel classes and class formats to curriculum and lesson planning. She also shares her knowledge and perspective of entrepreneurship as well as self-publishing.
Start1. Help Students Feel Successful (1:53)
Start2. Help Students Understand their Bodies (2:01)
Start3. Help Students Avoid Injury...Physically and Mentally (3:01)
Start4. Give Students Only the Information they Need at That Moment (2:50)
Start5. Give Students Lots of Positive Feedback and Encouragement (1:59)
Start6. Don’t Expect Beginners to Practice at Home (4:06)