Asada Belly Dance got two amazing compliments this week while teaching belly dancing classes in Kissimmee. I’ve been subbing an adult beginners class for a friend. She has amazing students and I can tell by their movements that she’s been teaching them well. Since it is a beginners class, not many students have dreams of becoming professional belly dancers, but every once in a while a potential pro will emerge.
I mostly teach children so when the opportunity came up to teach adults I was ecstatic. I was able to create a playlist of my favorite songs that lyrically would not make sense in a child’s classroom. In this case, I mean Ego by Beyonce.
I wrote a very short easy to learn combo and taught it to the students. This was a hit. So it remains as one of my weekly regulars. Even when I try to switch it up, I still get a request to include this song in the playlist.
I was recently invited to a Hafla that some professional dancer friends of mine were performing in. To my surprise two of my students were there. One of which was performing a solo, to allow the pro dancers time to change. Although I don’t claim to be responsible for the talent I witnessed, I felt very honored to see some of my moves included in her work. The following class she wanted my critique. She wanted to know what I thought and what she could have done better. Wow!!! What a compliment. Again, I was honored.
That same class the other student, who was simply a spectator at the Hafla, said she was asked to perform her first solo ever at the next Hafla. I told her that even though it isn’t my event, I don’t mind helping while she is taking lessons from me. We worked on Ego that class at her request. When I watched her in the mirror I could tell she really put her heart into it. I jokingly told her to use it at the Hafla. She said “You know what, I think I will.” I truly felt honored that these students who are barely my students want to use what I’ve taught them.
The ultimate compliment, I think, is when a student gains their confidence because of something you taught them. I’m so proud of these ladies, and of myself for really just teaching what I know best. I focus so much on educating children to respect Middle Eastern Dance, that I didn’t even think about adults. Now that I see that I have influenced adults as well, makes me feel wonderful.
I truly understand why teachers, academic or art, teach. It’s the overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment you get when a student succeeds. Any unexpected compliments you’d like to share? Whether you are a Kissimmee Belly Dancer or not a dancer at all, please share; Asada Belly Dance would love to hear about it.