If I were to go into a class I was teaching with the belief that it is "my
class," I'm sure I would be frustrated in every session. But it's really
"their class," isn't it? I'm just there to enable them to learn dances
that they want to do or figures that they want to be able to execute well
at a social.
With this in mind, I think of some of the usual class attendees, and I
prepare dances that would suit them. I do this for several groups of
dancers. When I get to the class, I may have prepared three or four
complete classes, of which I do none -- or most probably, bits of each
one. I've found that classes I thought were great were frequently
regarded as so-so by the members of the class -- and classes where we
struggled together to ensure that they learned what they came to class to
learn received high accolades, reagrdless of my feelings about the class.
Then too, I've had classes where my most common remark is "Excellent
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