To be the best teacher you have to understand your student. I've taught for years International and American and have danced even longer -- the one thing I can tell you is that anyone can do it. I'll teach at your pace, but I'll always push you to be better. Most people come to learn how to dance socially, sometimes they just want a wedding dance and some may want to compete; there's no right or wrong. Any age any size any experience - I'll make sure you can dance to every song you'll hear while looking good and having fun at the same time.
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Getting to know them - find out what it is they're looking for and if they have a certain time limit to get it done. Feel out their ability and start teaching the basics and see what pace they learn in.
I've been trained by one of the oldest ballroom companies in America and have the ability to dance and teach about 40 dances. This pertains to just dancing for fun and competitively for a single or a couple. I've also competed (and still do) both professionally and with my students in US or Worldwide competitions.
I charge the same for both single or a couple.
It's hard to say things like "dancing is a passion of mine" because it almost seems like something I choose to do - but ever since I was a kid I sang and danced all the time.
When I started thinking about what I wanted to be - I decided I was going to help people. I went in to both Psychology and Finances but I found that dance is what made me happy and what made others happy as well. It makes my job less of a job when I pass that on to other people.
I've taught as old as 80+ and as young as 6 years old. Some come with their partners, others by themselves. Most people come just to learn for fun but then some take it seriously and it becomes a lifestyle. I have a 60+ female student who started in January and has already won two competitions.
This advice goes across teachers and almost everything else - you get what you pay for. If it isn't, go find something better worth your money and your time.
Ask yourself why you're doing it - what's motivating your desire to improve yourself. Have realistic expectations - we've been doing it for years, don't compare to us especially on your first day. Just have fun.