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 Post subject: new teacher fear
PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:19 am 
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Location: yelm, Wa
I have recently hired a new teacher. Unfortunatley, one of my regular students is reluctant to take class with him. i've spoken with her mother and she tells me that her daughter is just resistant to change. I think it has to do with many factors. The teacher is a man, he's reputed to be a "hard" teacher, he's pretty quiet, and two of her close dance friends have recently left the studio. The class he teaches is jazz. I teach the ballet classes and own the studio. Even though this student is more oriented towards jazz, she's now suggesting that she just take loads of ballet classes. She is part of our performing company and is reqired to take one jazz class/week. I'm all for more ballet classes, but I know she loves jazz and would enjoy the new teacher once she gets used to him. She is 10 years old and quite a dynamic little dancer. Any ideas on how to get her into class?


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 Post subject: Re: new teacher fear
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 9:46 am 
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Hi prairiedancer...I had a similar situation with one of my most talented young ballet students (she was 10, too!). I wanted to move her up a level, but this required additional classes with our Russian teacher, a former principal dancer with the Kirov. Her teaching style and personality are very different from mine. This young student was frightened of her! I had a private talk with my young student. I just tried to allay her fears about the change, and to focus on the benefits and good things about working with someone new who had so much to give to her. She decided to try (again). Now, she absolutely ADORES this teacher! And, it didn't take long...I think part of your problem, too, is the fact that some of your student's friends have left. These bonds among students can be very powerful. Sometimes, they need their "buddy" to help them adjust to a new situation. Perhaps if your student forms a new strong friendship with someone in the jazz class, this will help her adjust, as well.

<small>[ 22 July 2004, 11:48 AM: Message edited by: GN ]</small>


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