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SwingWaltz
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« on: April 16, 2009, 06:08:19 AM »

Well I'm a male, and only had male coaches. Not really a preference thing, just by chance.
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 06:14:18 AM »

Well, all of my coaches have been couples - there's been a woman and a man teaching together.
I guess I prefer to be taught by a woman, with a little input from a man, but it doesn't matter all that much as long as they can teach.
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009, 07:17:26 AM »

I've had both ways, and found both have their advantages and disadvantages.  My current teacher is male, and I find that his teaching style "clicks" with me in a way that the female coaches' I've had hasn't.  In saying that, I learned a lot more about styling etc from my last female teacher, and a lot more technical stuff from the current male one.  The big difference really is the teaching styles.  This teacher is not afraid to physically show you, and move you through a movement to show you how it should "feel", what is technically right; whereas the other teacher was a big believer in showing something herself, and having you copy.  So a lot of the time, I ended up with stuff that "looked" right, but was pretty fundamentally wrong.
This hasn't really answered the question though...my answer would be "depends on the circumstance", but seeing as that's not an option, I'll choose the "doesn't matter to me"
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009, 07:41:24 AM »

I have both male and female coaches, and it really doesn't register with me. A good coach knows how both roles work, and will teach accordingly.
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 12:22:43 PM »

I prefer to have at least one of each. I like the male in order to get the man’s point of view and the female in order to get a women point of view. I was actually told to have a family around me (a “father”, a “mother”, “aunts” and “uncles”). This way I was able to get the most and best care that one could ask/wish for. 

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009, 02:56:27 PM »

I generally prefer a female instructor.  The reason is simple: I do the bulk of my dancing with women, and leading a male instructor just isn't quite the same.  Having said that, I do now and then take lessons from a male instructor, in order to get a different perspective.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009, 04:30:53 PM »

Im the opposite (hence the same) as cornut.  I prefer a male coach as the standard - but I have to have a female one too from time to time.  The male one teaches me what he wants and how to do it.  The female one how its done.  These are not the same thing: how to do it is the formal method and works fine most of the time.  however, how its done gives you the nuances and tricks to really do it well.

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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009, 09:21:38 PM »

The male one teaches me what he wants and how to do it.  The female one how its done.  These are not the same thing: how to do it is the formal method and works fine most of the time.  however, how its done gives you the nuances and tricks to really do it well.


Well said.  That was close to what I wanted to say, but I couldn't come up with the words. 
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009, 11:35:03 PM »

I prefer to have at least one of each. I like the male in order to get the man’s point of view and the female in order to get a women point of view. I was actually told to have a family around me (a “father”, a “mother”, “aunts” and “uncles”). This way I was able to get the most and best care that one could ask/wish for. 

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009, 01:45:06 AM »

Whoever can give clear instruction and guidance is good. Although if I were a single girl I would want a male coach that I can actually dance with.

Otherwise I just want the best I can afford :-)
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2009, 04:26:44 AM »


Well said.  That was close to what I wanted to say, but I couldn't come up with the words. 

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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2009, 01:19:02 AM »

One of each.  I think you need to add that to the poll.
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2009, 06:12:08 AM »

As far as gender preference goes wouldn't that go in the 'don't care' R? 
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2009, 10:49:32 PM »

Don't care could mean you don't care "if" its a male or a female.  I think its important that you "do" have the opinion of "both".
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2009, 10:42:44 PM »

Hmm tricky but I think that gender should never be a consideration, as long as the teacher knows what he/she is talking about and is able to give a holistic approach towards gender. it is my opinion that man aren't better or worse than woman and vice versa.

As in other theatres of lecture, it is the ability of the teacher to connect to its students that should matter not her/his gender.

I have had coaches in a wide range of sports both female and male and if I didn't like the way they approached me as a human being, I looked for someone else
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