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« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2014, 05:42:57 AM »

indeed that is the Arthur Murray philosophy, the teachers are just ahead of the students.
I don't think its a philosophy - its economics.  A trained teacher is expensive; a neophyte can be had for pennies...
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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2014, 02:53:42 AM »

Yep, two video lessons ahead, probably one in most cases.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2014, 08:19:04 AM »

... which means they can teach you one thing incorrectly.... Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2014, 09:05:22 AM »

well they have been in business a long time! so they must be doing something right.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2014, 06:13:48 AM »

well they have been in business a long time! so they must be doing something right.
Interesting line - I guess providing a social venue is probably their biggest (general) strength.  Some of these studios are actually very strong and serious about dance - we definitely should not criticize all.  However, there are so many tales of the other kind...
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« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2014, 10:45:19 AM »

I think there are advantages and disadvantages to Youtube.  The advantage is that you can find some really good demonstrations of ballroom dancing, provided you know where to look.  No other generation of dancers had this gold mine at their disposal. Bad thing, as in all things visual, is that you don't see things as they are: you only see things as you are. Case in point, the worst teacher can look at a video of Mr. X and say, "watch how much he bends his knees", but if it were at all possible to have a chat with him, chances are he'll disagree with what you think he's doing.

Of course, the student who learned all the wrong things would project it all into what he/she is seeing and completely miss the truth.
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« Reply #21 on: June 21, 2014, 05:12:53 PM »

I think there are advantages and disadvantages to Youtube.  The advantage is that you can find some really good demonstrations of ballroom dancing, provided you know where to look.  No other generation of dancers had this gold mine at their disposal. Bad thing, as in all things visual, is that you don't see things as they are: you only see things as you are. Case in point, the worst teacher can look at a video of Mr. X and say, "watch how much he bends his knees", but if it were at all possible to have a chat with him, chances are he'll disagree with what you think he's doing.

Of course, the student who learned all the wrong things would project it all into what he/she is seeing and completely miss the truth.
Couldn't agree more - and as a primarily kinesthetic dancer looking doesn't do me a lot of good (except to make me feel worse Sad ).
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« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2015, 04:15:26 PM »

If you have been taught how to look at videos then it can be a great teaching tool. However if you don't know or understand what you are looking for it could ruin your dancing.

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