Dancing Proficiency Test/Certificate

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Message 29158 · 18 Jan 2002 18:25:09 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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<< However, the certificate is not the be-all and end-all. >>

Lara Friedman-Shedlov made many good points in her reponse. A Teachers
Certificate does not make you a good dancer nor does being a good dancer make
you a good teacher. The full certificate gives you the opportunity to grow
and develop the skills you may have in both areas. But I like to think of it
more as a learning permit. The learning part, of which, never expires.
I have been teaching for many years and have learned that teaching is a
long rewarding, trying and humiliating experience. You make mistakes, you
learn, and hopefully become a better teacher. My dancing ability has been
superior to many on the floor but I am realistic about that part of my
skills. As a former firefighter of 28 years, injuries have taken their toll
so I am not as spry as I was 17 years ago. I think with proper teaching I can
overcome some of those disabilities. I do think, or would like to think,
however, my teaching skills are still adequate and improving. I doubt I will
stop that learning process no matter how long that certificate hangs on my
wall.

Bob Mc Murtry
Felton, Calif

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