Foundation Weekend (January 20-22):
During the foundation weekend we will give you a general overview of all topics that will be covered in the following months and start training some of the most important skills.
Block 1 (February 17-19):
Background and History Knowledge
Do I have enough background knowledge to authentically convey what I am trying to teach, in order to preserve the spirit of the dance? How do I want to present Lindy Hop and its culture to my students?
How do I precisely define my objectives and stick to my main focus? How do I know when to make a conscious decision to change my objectives?
Analysis, Breaking Down and Simplifying
Am I aware of the geography, timing, footwork, needed connection, etc for every move I am teaching? Do I know what exactly I am doing while executing this movement/step/technique? How do I break down steps/moves/techniques/concepts? Am I aware of the involved physical forces and interactions between me and my dance partner? Do I understand the concept of “chunking” and am I informed about how people receive and process information?
Movement Analysis with Katja
Why is posture indispensible to dance? What characterizes Lindy Hop posture? How do I explain and correct posture?
Which muscles do I need to use in order to connect to my partner/ generate a particular movement/be more grounded/look better, etc? How do I find and activate these muscles?
How do we make our movements clearer and more precise?
Block 2 (March 10-12)
Learning Styles / Channels of Perception
What are the different learning styles and channels of perception?
Why do my students have difficulties understanding even though I´ve already explained the topic repeatedly?
Why are some students still having problems although I´ve shown the move so many times?
When my explanations and demonstrations are not generating results, how can I still get my students to understand?
Instructing vs. Explaining
What is the difference between instructing and explaining and which one do I use in a given Situation?
What resources do I have to explain more efficiently? Do I have a toolbox of exercises, pictures, games, etc to help me to better explain different topics?
Block 3 (April 7-9):
Course/Class Structure and Lesson Planning
Am I able to adapt my class concepts to a particular group and structure it in a time efficient manner?
How does the structure of my class influence my students´ sense of achievement?
What are the different processes that take place during a class? How do I adequately divide my energy and attention among these processes? What are the biggest mistakes that can be made while teaching and how do I avoid them?
Which teaching method fits best for this particular group of students? How do my objectives influence my choice of teaching method?
Block 4 (May 12 – 14):
The Role of the Teacher
What responsibilities do you carry as a dance teacher?
Do you know all the skills and capabilities you need to be a good teacher?
Why do I need to be aware of group dynamics in order to keep my class under control with a positive atmosphere?
Giving Personal Feedback
What are all the things I need to take into consideration when giving personal feedback?
Teaching Styles, Strengths and Weaknesses and Self Reflection
Why do I need to know my weaknesses to be a good teacher?
How do I adapt my teaching style to my personality?
How to I stay authentic despite all the roles I have to take on as a teacher?
Block 5 (June 23-25):
What is the “coaching method” and when is it fitting?
To what degree are musicality and creativity learnable? How do I facilitate these processes as a teacher and why do I need to take on more of a coach role in order to do this?
What framework can I give to help musicality and creativity grow?
Learning “by Feel”
How do I train mindfulness in my students in order to help them dance better?
How can I facilitate body awareness in my students to help them improve faster?