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How to Create a Positive Learning Environment

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Have more fun and less stress!

The goal of this workshop is to help you implement practices that will ease the stresses of running your teaching business, and allow you to get more enjoyment from dance and teaching. By using the specific strategies and suggested language, you will attract your ideal students. They will in turn manifest the values that will flourish in your classroom or studio. You will learn how to create a positive drama-free learning environment that regulates itself, and in doing so, attracts students who are the right fit for you, your offerings and your goals. By adapting a positive philosophy of business and marketing along with a mind-set that focuses on what you want (rather than what you don't want), creating a safe-haven for you and your students is effortless, fun and profitable!

In this detailed workshop, Katayoun shares her secrets and strategies learned from two decades (over 8,000 hours) of teaching in the classroom and the dance studio, as an independent instructor and 10 years as a studio owner. It is not unusual to find students in her classes who have studied with her over the course of five, seven and even 10 years or more!

Your dance classroom should be a happy place for all your students. A happy place means a safe-haven where students look forward to coming week after week, month after month, and year after year. Creating a welcoming environment starts with you and extends to every aspect of how you communicate and interact, whether online or in person, with your student base.

Ultimately, you are the example and embodiment of the learning environment you want to create. And there are specific things you can implement and practice that will help you do that, while encouraging the same positive behaviors in students. We will examine teaching strategies, business practices and how the language we use to communicate our values and offerings influences student behavior and mindsets, and can deter from or attract people to you.

Topics include:

Aligning Your Marketing with Your Offerings, Bio & Class Descriptions

Business Practices, Class and Studio Policies

Teaching Strategies, Organization, Class Structure and Language of Instruction

Expectations of Learning Behaviors and Skill Progression

Student Correction, Feedback & Evaluation

Embracing and Commanding Your Leadership Role

Whether you are seeking to revamp and re-align your program, or you’re just starting your business, this workshop will help you create a positive, supportive space where you and your students can thrive for years to come!

Check out the free previews below to learn more.


Your Instructor


Katayoun Hutson
Katayoun Hutson

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.

Learn more at: www.katayoundance.net


Class Curriculum


  Align Your Marketing with Your Offerings
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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