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Teachers Symposium - 11th August 2012

Tango Teachers Symposium  A day of sharing, learning and experimentation

Are you a tango teacher who is brave enough to share, build on, and possibly re-examine, your knowledge in the company of other teachers?

Current number of teachers taking part:

Would you like to play with and develop new ideas for dancing as well as teaching tango?

Then you are warmly invited to participate in this event.

The vision for this event is to bring together tango teachers who are passionate about what they do, open minded, and willing to share their knowledge and learn, with other teachers, as equals. 

The focus over the day will be divided between approaches to teaching and dancing. Everyone will have an equal opportunity to present their ideas and request feedback or advice. There will also be plenty of chance to practice and experiment.

How will the day be structured?

Following the success of the first TTS, this second one will be organized similarly. While it's up to those attending, the following suggestions are made:

5-15 minute slots are taken to present an idea for teaching or dancing tango. There is then opportunity for further questions, before the next slot is used by another attendee. You can take as many slots as you like, while ensuring everyone gets a fair use of time if they want it. 

There will be a late lunch break where everyone is invited to bring something to share and a practica at the end of the day where new ideas can be further explored. (Some people may not come with partner's so it would be appreciated if everyone was included regardless, where practice is happening.) 

If you have any other ideas for the structure of the day that might further facilitate learning and fun, please get in touch!

Where and when? Saturday 11th August, Totnes. Carry on to the further info page.

Are you good enough?

It's expected that those attending will have different levels of experience, and strengths or insights in different areas of their dancing and teaching. Even if you've not been teaching long, and you feel you have a mountain of things left to learn, if you nevertheless think that there's something in your teaching or dancing that other teachers might enjoy learning, then please consider coming to this event! It could be something as simple as a way of introducing a common concept to students that works really well in your classes, or a step that you love dancing but don't see many other dancers do. Ideas don't need to be 'original', just ones you think are worth sharing with other teachers.

Are you too good?

Maybe everyone else their will be less skilled and less experienced? Maybe. But even if you're already earning a good living from your teaching, others with less success or experience may sometimes still have ideas which inspire you. If you like the idea of this event and are willing to come with a spirit of generosity and open-mindedness, then you have a good chance of having fun, contributing to others who share your passion, and hopefully learning something worthwhile too. You may also benefit materially.

Register your interest in attending, get the outline schedule for the day, and read some questions offered as a guide to preparing a contribution, plus other important details..

For more discussion on the rationale for attending the event for professional teachers see this blog post: