12 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating a (Flow Arts) Class

Posted on June 11, 2013 by

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Creating a classThe fire and flow dancing industry is actually becoming a market segment and although it is a nascent market, it is blooming like a fragrant flower. As part of Temple of Poi’s ongoing efforts to lead the flow rEvolution – an evolution of consciousness focused on empowering everyone everywhere through education – we are codifying the ideas and processes we’ve used over the last decade+ to build, explore and expand the market with a special emphasis, in this series of articles, on becoming a powerful educator.

The first topic is about how to create a class in a way that both makes sense and gets results for clients. Here are some of our favorite techniques in this quick and easy list of 12 Do’s & Don’ts for Creating a (Flow Arts) Class:

  • Do: have a theme for your class. Create a concept upon which your class is built and create the material presented in the class based on that theme. This way, students can understand the interrelatedness of the concepts and build a deeper understanding of what you’re presenting on multiple levels.
  • Do: have a solid mix of both the theory behind the material you are presenting as well as the application of the theory as represented in several specific types of moves utilizing that theory.
  • Don’t: assume everyone will be at the same level when taking the class.
  • Do: expect that the diversity of learning will be great and prepare for that by having levels of material you can present to the students in a progressive manner.
  • Do: present the material in a manner that allows you to continually build on what you’ve done so that the advanced students can follow the ride to the end and the other students don’t feel lost and without anything to work with.
  • Do: use empowering phrases like: for those of you who want more challenge, try this and those of you who feel challenged enough, stick with what you’re working on.
  • Do: have a clear expectation of what you will be able to convey in the time allotted.
  • Do: expect something to go wrong. Prepare for challenges by having lots of extra material you don’t necessarily plan to teach but do demonstrate, if, in no other context than inspiration.
  • Do: follow the age old teaching paradigm with a little flow twist:
    • tell them what you’re going to tell them and give a good demonstration
    • tell them clearly and effectively with linguistic distinctions
    • tell them what you told them in a clear, concise, meaningful review that hits important training points, ideally on video and let them record it for personal use only
    • tell them why they care, especially if you are teaching them a drill, move, idea, pattern or theory that is the basis of oh so much more
  • Don’t: be afraid of your own ignorance. If you don’t know, say so, research it and get back to your student. The humanity you present in that moment is beyond inspiring.
  • Do: bring your personality to the class room because the humanity of you is just as important as the distinctions you’re offering.
  • Do: operate from a place of compassion and supportiveness. We were all beginner once and newer students especially need to remember the practice is about being in the practice wherever you’re at that day.

This article written by Temple of Poi Founder, GlitterGirl, who has been teaching professionally since early 2002. If you’re interested in coaching to help you get your business going, contact her directly for a consultation at GlitterGirl <at> TempleOfPoi <daught> com. 

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