> My feeling > is get them in by lowering the bar as far as possible, certainly below > any sense of having to master footwork first. Once they are in, they > will begin to look around and rather enjoy the superior footwork of > those around them. Then they will look down at their own hippo feet > and feel slightly embarrassed and want to improve themselves.
I totally agree with getting new dancers moving, enthused, and actively
dancing without a "huge" or "laborious" technique session, initial.
HOWEVER, I do believe that some aspect of the elegant style of this
dancing, much of which comes from its precise footwork, should always be
a part of each class.
One if the reasons I believe this is that bad habits are very easily
formed. I know that it is more difficult to break bad habits than it is
to form good ones to begin with.