Post # 31
Bring the matter to the owner. Honestly, if he’s treating other new students like this, he will be costing the owner repeat business, it’s better they know about it.
I get it, I teach fitness classes and n ew students can be frustrating, especially when the majority of the group is advanced to a certain stage. But, this is marketted as a Beginners class, so it should be expected.
And just to note, I teach what’s called a “technical” class, it’s marketted for all stages, including beginners and more advanced students. I may warn my beginners that because the majority of the students are at a certain level, the class will move at a pace that is a bit beyond them for now. But I encourage them to take it at their own pace, don’t try to match what everyone else is doing, they will eventually work their way up to it. It is quite possible to mix different level of students together, keep them all progressing, but also keep them all enjoying what they are doing. It just takes a bit more work on the instructors part.
Post # 32
Complain to the owner! I danced through college and then taught for many years. Teaching a drop in beginners class is frustrating and I get that. He should have never said anything to you. Its HIS job as a teacher to make sure everyone is learning and advancing for their level. It sounds like he’s not a good/confident/experienced enough teacher to be able to do that.
Post # 33
Complain Complain Complain
This happened to me at a yoga class. It was billed as a beginner 101 course. I dropped it and the teacher was a nutcase. Had us standing on one leg for 5 full minutes, spoke more in sanskrit than english, never did a single correction on any of us the whole class, had us doing inversions, and even though everyone in the class was clearly struggling, she never acknolwedged it. I said afterwards that the class was really fast paced for a beginner class and she said that’s just how she was told to teach it.
I wrote a message to the owners of the studio and warned that they should rewrite the description of the class to fit the pace, as it was obviously way too much for beginners. They wrote back profusely apologzing, giving me two free classes, and saying that the teacher was going to retraining.
Post # 34
He may have all the dance skills his profession requires, but he fails abysmally at teaching. It is a BEGINNER class. Beginner classes ideally focus on introducing you to a brand new skill you’ll hopefully love enough to continue with and want to learn more, build your skills etc.
He sneers at the beginners who ‘drop in’ and then don’t come back- it’s the studio itself offering beginner introductory classes and a punch card system. I wonder how many don’t come back because of his attitude. It sounds like he thinks teaching newbies is beneath him, a waste of his (in his mind) colossal talent. Well then this is something he should take up with management. Perhaps have someone without a chip on their shoulder teach a TRUE Beginners class, someone who will share their love of dance with newcomers rather than make them feel unwelcome. IF he has enough skill to justify keeping him on for the more advanced classes, they could add an intermediate level class to challenge those who have taken the beginner classes but aren’t ready to move on to the advanced classes.
You went there full of enthusiasm and wanting to learn and he made you feel you were interfering with the class at the expense of the other student dancers, that was so unfair and unprofessional and unkind of him that management should definitely be made aware of the situation.
Post # 35
Thanks for all the responses. I wanted to weigh out the options before I acted on complete emotion.
I’m attending the hip hop dance class tonight, I’ll probably share my experience with that instructor and also give the owner a call just to have her be aware.
Post # 36
Mls1988 : WTAF!!! This is outrageous. I started ballet as an adult and I took the beginner class for at least a year and we had lots of people in there who were pretty advanced and still had tons of brand new beginners drop in. My teachers have always taken the time to help them and encourage them along. You should complain to management because that’s absurd.
Post # 37
I danced for years and years, taught for a while in college/post grad. I don’t agree with how the instructor handled it at all. That said, I see the issue. If the group has been dancing together for a long time and learning routines or whatever under the ‘beginner class’, it’s probably not really a beginner class geared for drop-ins anymore. That is not your fault, and someone should have told you that. Completely not-cool for the instructor to take it out on you in the middle of class. It’s not a competitive team, so I don’t know why the hell he would take it so personally and get upset over a pointed toe.
Also just keep in mind that if you speak to the other instructor or the owner, it could potentially make things awkward in your hip hop class you do like. Can you just use the punches towards your hip hop class?