ami1436 Posted January 8, 2008 Report Share Posted January 8, 2008 I'm posting this here as I'd like to hear the thoughts of fellow students, as well as of experienced teachers. I do hope this is okay! I've done a search, but haven't found a detailed discussion around what I'm looking for, so thought I'd ask further... In the world of adult ballet, often we find teachers of our same age/peer group. Sometimes they are older, sometimes younger. This is obvious! However, when teaching youngsters, the age difference can sometimes make it easier to have a sense of authority, to create a certain type of aura/energy in class, etc. I've found that adults sometimes a greater range of expectations in class: some prefer the teacher to be a bit more 'relaxed' and 'chummy', others want a no-nonsense, all-business, sterner atmosphere... there are loads of in-betweens (I'm ridiculously jetlagged, and am having great trouble finding words in English at the moment, so I hope you'll forgive me if this isn't articulate!). The main question I'm asking is what kind of 'energy' do you like to have in class, and why? I think teachers can really shape the energy of a class, and make it lively and energetic, or relaxing, or very serious, or even slightly 'dead'! To some extent, there's a need for a variety of energies in different classes, or in the same class at different times.... but in general, is there anything that you prefer or you find 'works' for you? Why? Do you have different expectations or needs when you encounter a new teacher for the first time? What types of class demeanours do you really dislike and why? For the experienced teachers out there, do you consciously try to create a certain type of class aura - if so why and how? What have you found to be particularly beneficial when working with adult students? I realise the question(s) is/are vague and broad - but after having taught a variety of classes an academic setting over the past five years, I'm interested in seeing how the ideas/techniques may overlap with the ballet class setting! Quote Link to comment
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