Posts tagged ‘inexperienced teachers’

Hip Mix’s Remember When of 2010 (#3)

Our number three pick for Dilara’s Diary favorites from 2010 is a three-part series that roused a lot of discussion. Read on as Dilara talks about the controversy of inexperienced belly dancers becoming teachers, and share your opinions!

A wave of inexperienced students-turned-teachers has stirred up the belly dance community. But who’s responsible? Building a community is important, but so is becoming a positive force and accepting no imitations. In this 3 part series, Dilara takes a step back and lets the community speak up about students who teach belly dance after taking only a few classes.

Click here to read Part 1 of this blog series and join in on the discussions!

Part 2: Dilara continues the conversation regarding inexperienced belly dancers becoming teachers with a listing of some of the biggest offenses in belly dance teaching. What’s all the controversy about? Read part 2 now to hear the complaints, and share your own!

Click here to read the 2nd installment of the series, and don’t be shy! We want to hear from you!

Part 3: Wow, the response and insights have been great to Dilara’s Diary posts on the subject of Belly Dancers becoming Belly Dance Teachers ~ often too soon.  Here is the final installment in Dilara’s Diary on this hot topic.

Click here to read Dilara’s final entry in this three part discussion.



Would The Inexperienced Belly Dance Teacher Please Sit Down? (Part 3 of 3)

I once made the following quote my Facebook status:

“Dancers aren’t made of their technique, but their passion.”

It got a lot of people commenting, as you can imagine.

I see both sides of the statement, and enjoyed reading the opinions on both sides of the fence.  Much like the recent posts, blogs and articles that I and my team have shared – I see both sides of the ongoing when a belly dancer decides to become a belly dance teacher.
With all this varying discussion, it’s easy to get a little confused on all of the points and counter-points. Let’s summarize…

Continue part 3 in Dilara’s Diary.

Would the Inexperienced Belly Dancer Teacher Please Sit Down? (part 2 of 3)

So much buzz has been happening since my last diary entry…. thank you for the messages and the comments! I encourage you to continue to share with me. My team and I posted a new article today in response to your comments —- it’s about that first step in the transition from student to teacher. I encourage you to read it here.
Picking up from last week, the problem of belly dance students who, after short training periods, begin to teach based on their limited experience. Of course, my passionate feelings were met with many of our belly dance community members adding their own opinions.
See what those opinions were here in Dilara’s Diary and share your own by creating a free profile!

Would the Inexperienced Belly Dancer Teacher Please Sit Down? (part 1 of 3) – Dilara’s Diary – HipMix.Net

Would the Inexperienced Belly Dancer Teacher Please Sit Down? (part 1 of 3) – Dilara’s Diary – HipMix.Net.

Leave it to me to hit a nerve in the belly dance community *wink*

I did it again recently when I vented to others on my Facebook Fan Page: “I am SO tired of ‘belly dance teachers’ popping up here and there after a short stint as a student!”
I knew I wasn’t the only one who felt this way, and boy was I right!
Right away, Lisa Lopez, a New York City native currently living in El Paso, Texas, concurred, “Oh yeah, too many times. But I’m not naming names…”
She’s such a sweetheart, protecting these dancers, and as a veteran of many variations of dance, I’m sure she’s seen this across the board, not just in her belly dance experience.
Lisa and I are not alone in our recognition of sub-par teachers who can crop up after their short time as a student. But why does this happen?
Continue reading this blog and share your thoughts in Dilara’s Diary on And stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!