Ballroom dancing has been evolving rapidly over the last century. Becoming more and more popular in its social and competitive (Dancesport) forms it created the whole industry involving students, specialized vendors, dance teachers, judges and event organizers. Geography of this industry spreads across all continents and contains literally every country in Europe and North America as well as many South American, Asian and African countries.
This industry filled with passion and the love of dance relies on one significant element- a dance lesson as a way of learning dance skills and getting to experience dancing as a form of physical activity. Here is where an ancient science Pedagogy becomes a very important aspect for dance teacher in order to deliver the best lesson possible to the student. Efficiency and clarity are very important characteristics of any lesson and qualities of the teacher. And it has been always very challenging in Ballroom dancing since there are many subjective factors that are involved in learning process, especially in Dancesport, where both student and teacher are aiming high to achieve certain results.
It is also worth mentioning that in modern days in countries like United States based on its economical and political freedoms there are great many not only independent dance studios and teachers, but also students who prefer a freedom of choice in selecting different teachers and dance programs. Looking at kids programs in different countries trend is also changing towards having a group of dance teachers in addition to a head coach. Having a great variety of choice it often becomes very confusing and difficult for the student to maintain the right track in their dance education developing their skills.
Among other styles- International Standard Style is considered by industry professionals to be the most difficult style in terms of learning process and execution on the dance floor. Constant close body contact defines the style. 2 people have to produce seamless movement as one unit and precision and clarity become essential components of such an activity. In dancing body acts based on brain instructions, so clarity of those instructions impacts our body directly. Something that exists as a theoretical concept is being transferred through our brain and nerves to our body and becomes a physical movement. Tangible and real. It is a fascinating process, but the question is do we always exactly do what our teacher tells us to do? Does the student, a person with completely different life experience and background, often speaking different languages understand our instructions? That was always on our minds throughout our career. How do we find a solution to such a complex problem and make it simple and available for everybody? Is it possible to find a universal way of communication between Teacher and Student that we can put into a dance lesson to make things easier for both? And the answer is YES!