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« on: July 07, 2013, 09:01:23 AM »

Inspired by the dance classes in London (or something like that) thread.

Never occurred to me that the etiquette around requesting dance lessons is different from country to country.  Wow.  In the Us, you call and make an appointment.  Even really good teachers/studios, you call and make an appointment.  Some appoitnments are harder to get than others, but still.  All you have to do is call or sometimes book online.

So question to those who've traveled to foreign countries for coaching ... how did you get in?  Call and ask?  Use personal networking?

And how much do you feel that your level impacts your ability to get coaching?  And are lessons affiliated with competitions a good way to get easier access to big name teachers?   Or are group classes a better way to start?


thoughts?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 12:30:59 AM »

I sought advice from local coaches who to contact when overseas. It is always best to come with a referral. It gives the overseas coach to ask questions about the couple so they know a bit about you before you get there.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 04:32:02 PM »

 I know that several of my coaches would never take in a student without referral and without a ranking at any of the 3 british grand-slam competitions. I know that with some of my coaches that they would not take in couples that they didn't like the attitude of or couples that were having success and they as a coach didn't like their dancing. It also used to be that it was impossible to get in with a coach of a another family than you unless your family requested it for you.

Today it is not as closed and difficult to get lessons with great coaches. You will probably have an easier time getting lessons with good coaches if you can be referred by a student they already teach an like teaching. So use your personal network to get lessons with the professionals you would like to have lessons with.

Most great teachers do not teach group lessons however they might do lectures.

I would say is pick the coach you would like to work with then find out if anybody in your network work with that coach and ask them if they would help you get a foot in the door.

Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 11:22:35 PM »

I have come across several in Europe that have provided great feedback and when we go to Holland we catch up with them all the time. I like to get input from those that keep in touch with what is going on in the dancing world. things are changing (not always for the better) but some things are and if you don't travel across your own country or international how do you impart, we all never stop learning and yet I know coaches they have not taken a lesson or been to a lecture for years.
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