Originally posted by Jennifer on tribe.net.Just curious how everyone else runs their levels and when students start to perform, etc. Anyone care to share their policies on the following?br/br/Do you follow the FCBD class level system? (which moves are in Level 1, 2, 3)br/How long must a student be dancing for to move into your Level Two class? Or, what must they have demonstrated to have learned to move up?br/When can a student move into Level 3?br/When are students ready to dance in a very informal setting, such as a hafla?br/When can students join a student troupe?br/When is a student ready to join your professional troupe?br/
Originally posted by Jennifer on tribe.net.I realize it may not be a time period - such as student troupe level might be that they can zill proficiently, or other such criteria, rather than "dancing for 1 year" or somesuch. I am starting to get that feeling from my students (only level 1 & 2 right now, and the longest have been with me 10 months) that they want to move up up up and perform, but Im not sure theyre ready . . . always nice to see where everyone else draws the lines!
Originally posted by Wendy on tribe.net.For me, moving to level 2 usually is based on their ability to perform and their understanding of the moves in Level 1. Usually, I find it takes most folks going through the 6 week level 1 format 2 or 3 times before they really start to get it into their bodies.
Originally posted by Carrie on tribe.net.Do you follow the FCBD class level system? (which moves are in Level 1, 2, 3) br/Yes, I follow the FC format. It works for me. The class format for Level 1 and 2 is listed on the FC website. The level 3 moves are pretty much every thing left over and group concepts.br/br/How long must a student be dancing for to move into your Level Two class? Or, what must they have demonstrated to have learned to move up? br/For me, students only have to complete a Level 1 before moving into Level 2, but I strongly encourage them to repeat it a couple times, which the real students do.br/br/When can a student move into Level 3? br/Im pretty strict on this. I wont consider it unless theyve taken Level 2 at least twice and then its invite only. Ill do an assessment if they want to know what they can work on. Once they are invited into Level 3, they have to repeat Level 2 for at least 4 sessions (or one year) before taking Level 3 exclusively. So, when I invite people they have to take time/finances/dedication into consideration before accepting.br/br/When are students ready to dance in a very informal setting, such as a hafla? br/I dont participate in Haflas anymore really. I host a student salon for my students 2-3 times per year. And allow them to dance for their friends and families. They all take it very seriously scheduling their own rehearsals etc.br/br/When can students join a student troupe? br/I dont currently run a student troupe. Id love to, but I just dont have the time.br/br/When is a student ready to join your professional troupe? br/For me, a student has to be dedicated, meet the requirements etc. and have experience performing with us. The last two troupe members we gained about 2 years ago had been invited to perform with us. First just in chorus and following, and then taking lead. Once their competence/ preparedness/ and calm demeanor were expressed in a performance setting, I invited them to join.br/br/I hope that helps at all.
Originally posted by MissTrixsta on tribe.net.Hi Everyone,br/br/I teach in London with my partner Jesse. We follow the FCBD class format with a few minor changes.br/Our Level 1 classes are structured in the same way and include the same moves and concepts over 6 weeks. Our Level 2 classes however, stretch over 18 weeks. We include all the movements taught at the FC studio except for the ASWAT and TSWAT which we leave for Level 3. We still teach the Turkish 1/2 and 1/4 turns and the Arabic Shimmy (without all its pretty variations) in Level 2.br/Our Level 3 classes cover the remainder of the moves; fades; fancy formations; complex zil patterns and musicality and performance prep etc... br/br/Like Carrie, we encourage new students to repeat Level 1 2-3 times. We also encourage all our students to drop in and review the basics whenever they can, but unfortunately not many take both classes. I often wonder if we ran them back to back on the same day we would have more students attend both. Our Level 2 and 3 classes run back to back and we have several students who take both these classes at the same time. br/br/Our Level 3 class is an invite only class. To be considered for this Level students should have a good understanding of and ability to lead most Level 2 moves. We also request that they continue taking Level 2 when they first move up into Level 3.br/ br/Until recently we only allowed our Level 3s to perform, however we have now established an informal event where our Level 2 and 3 students (and another local Tribal teachers students) can perform. We aim to hold this 3 times a year however our Level 2s will not be invited to perform at every one. This is a really low key non-profit event where they can all get dressed up and gain the experience performing for friends and family, and socialise with other dancers too.br/br/Our student troupe consists of a small core group of our most advanced students. This group is invite only, based on both skill level and personality. br/br/Although I really like the idea of bringing student troupe members into the professional troupe, I dont feel any of them are quite ready to join right now. We have invited our student troupe to perform with us a few times, and we often collaborate with other dancers for special events which is always fun.br/ br/Id love to hear how the rest of you manage student levels...and which classes you find most beneficial to teach back to back.br/
Originally posted by Jennifer on tribe.net.Thanks everyone who has shared so far - I find it extremely valuable to see what other teachers who have been doing this longer than me have going. (I have been teaching ATS for just over a year.)br/br/My answers, so far:br/br/Do you follow the FCBD class level system? (which moves are in Level 1, 2, 3)br/ -- Yes, I follow the class structures for Level 1 and 2. I dont have a Level 3 yet.br/br/How long must a student be dancing for to move into your Level Two class? Or, what must they have demonstrated to have learned to move up?br/ --- I require them to take Level 1 at least twice, and to check with me. I have asked a few students to take level 1 a third time (one because she wasnt picking up her feet when she shimmied, even though I asked every class - I thought she would find it impossible to learn the Turkish shimmy. Once I asked her to continue in Level 1 a third time, she started picking up her feet!)br/br/When can a student move into Level 3?br/ --- No level 3 yet - still trying to decide if any of my students are ready for this yet. (Which prompted my question here.)br/br/When are students ready to dance in a very informal setting, such as a hafla?br/ --- I havent had this opportunity for my students yet. I am thinking about renting space for an informal Christmas party potluck, for my students online, and they can dress up and dance if theyd like to.br/br/When can students join a student troupe?br/ - I dont have a student troupe yet. Still deciding if/when my students are ready. I think I will start a student troupe first, though, and then as dancers progress, will be able to start my own professional troupe. (Cant wait for the day that I have dancers to dance with - but I am being patient for now!)br/br/When is a student ready to join your professional troupe? br/ --- TBD, based on student troupe answer, above.br/br/Thanks in advance to anyone else willing to share!
Originally posted by MissTrixsta on tribe.net.Hi Everyone,br/br/I was just wondering - for those who run classes back to back - do you feel its better to run Level 1&2 on the same night or L2&3?br/br/Do a lot of you have students who attend more than 1 level at once?br/br/We encourage our students to drop into the levels they already moved through as often as they can, but we find that once theyve moved out of L1 they dont drop in to that class much.br/br/Thanksbr/Philippa
Originally posted by Wendy on tribe.net.definitely L1 & L2 on the same night. I think L3 needs to stand on its own. at least in our L3s, its a 1.5 hour long class, where 1 & 2 are 1 hour, and in L3 we break down and drill an L3 move and add some improv performance practice, so theres already a lot going on. I think 1 & 2 are better companions to each other.
Originally posted by Jennifer on tribe.net.Hi Philippa - I dont have level 3 yet, but I have found with my Level 2 girls that it is hard to get them to come to Level 1 still. I have found, though, that occasionally someone will take Level 1 & 2 at the same time, and I will notice marked improvement in their dancing during that time. They usually notice, it, too, and will end up talking about it in Level 2. That usually sparks someone to drop in to a few Level 1s, or sign up for the next session of Level 1. No matter how much I tell them that going to Level 1 will improve their Level 2 moves, they only seem to hear it from each other, not from me. 😉
Originally posted by Wendy on tribe.net.The majority of my L2 students usually take both L1 & L2.
Originally posted by MissTrixsta on tribe.net.Thank you both for your feedback and advice.
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