Belly Dance Students: How to Look for a Teacher
The hunt for a belly dance teacher can be fraught with confusion, especially if you’re completely new to the belly dance scene. What exactly should you look for? Well, that depends on what you wish to gain from classes. Ask yourself if your ultimate goal is to perform professionally, to just have fun and learn a few moves, or to find a new way to workout.
In most areas, there are many different types of classes, but whatever your goals, there are a few things to keep in mind. You should make sure that a teacher has some credentials. After all, you wouldn’t want to learn martial arts from a ballerina who doesn’t know a roundhouse kick from a pirouette, would you?
And ask yourself what is important to you in a teacher. Should she have had a lengthy performing career? A focus on a specific style? A warm personality?
Once you do a little bit of research, you’ll find the perfect teacher for you. And if you start taking classes and realize that you and the teacher are not a good fit, don’t be afraid to look for other options. Belly dance classes should be fun as well as instructional. After all, a hip drop without a drop of class camaraderie is about as fun as an uppercut.