B. G. Charlton

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Eric Clyde asks:

>The teachers are not paid in the Ottawa Branch, but the Branch provides
all necessary equipment and pays the rent for the schools/halls. It also=

provides a basic set of tapes for each class, although some teachers
do provide their own music.

What do other Branches do?>

Sydney Branch pays teachers at the rate of $15 for the first hour and $10=

for each additional hour. The Branch covers all costs of the class,
including providing a music player and has a collection of tapes that
teachers can use.

In general, branch teachers have to travel quite a distance to the classe=
- I, for example, travel for 40-70 minutes each time. Thus the payment is=

more of an expenses reimbursement than a teaching fee. Also, most teacher=
use their own tapes or CDs for class, mainly because they have them
available at home when they are planning their programme.

There is an advantage in being paid. It becomes income for taxation
purposes and therefore some of the costs, including music collection and
travelling can be set off against tax at the highest marginal rate. In my=

case, SCD teaching expenses do not cover my deductable costs.

Sydney branch teachers generally also teach a club nearer to home and, in=

my case, do not get paid.

Marilynn Knight comments:

<I am aware of one teacher who may offer private classes, $5 per student.=
believe this may compensate the teacher. I've never once heard a complai=
from any one of said students. Even though I believe a great beauty exis=
in giving of talent to the community, I also believe that here in the
Consumer/Consuming USA that value is conveyed by remuneration... I belie=
we would be valued more by the community if we charged more for the
classes. I know it is insane, but I have had potential students shocked,=

and not very impressed, when they are told how little the class costs. W=
know that other forms of dance taught in the community cost a LOT more. =

Charge more; pay teachers, and I bet we would have the public clamoring =
learn. Maybe we should shake off a war economy mentality and, in the
process, find lots of new dancers????>

As a personal comment, we have discussed this in Sydney and we believe th=
we may, indeed, sell ourselves short by not charging enough, compared to
other forms of dance. On the other hand, our current dancers are
conditioned to getting it on the cheap and they are, after all, the ones
who got us where we are. (Some of them could not afford much more)

We have started running 10 week beginners classes with slightly more
"commercial" rates, but I think that the ones who are "shocked" at how
little we charge are likely to be the floaters who are continually trying=

to find something new.

s/RBJ writes:

<The other point is that, while teachers do a lot, there are many others
who do just as much that aren't paid. I used to pay a significant amount=

to study piano and organ with an absolutely magnificent university
professor, but that was his profession. For SCD teachers, it is a hobby=

I like to think that, even for a hobby, I treat it as a profession. A
professional is not just someone who gets paid for providing a service. I=

can think of many instances where people who are paid are not professiona=
in their approach to their task. For me, the class deserves the best that=
can do, whether I am paid or not - they trust me to do that. The rewards
come when the dancers respond and I can see the effects on the class.

Brian Charlton,
Sydney, Australia.

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