Dance Classes Singapore: Learning from System VS a Teacher

Most people have the common mindset that a dancer can only improve themselves if they take dance classes with a reputable someone or someone who has years of experience in that aspect compared to a novice who just started teaching. However, sometimes is not the case where only the instructor can help the student improve. It is the way the dance school's system is structured and the syllabus that are designed to help the student. 

System is important to a student as it helps to provide structure and a progression curve. It helps to give a layout and a path for the instructor to follow. Say for example, in Body Isolation class. The structure of the dance class is that it works your head, chest, ribs, stomach and all the way to your feet. That is the structure of the dance class. Similarly to basic salsa class, students have to go through the 4 basic salsa steps. That’s the same for every class. Here in actfa, all the instructors, whether they are full-time instructors or trainee instructors, they all undergo strict training before they are put to head a class. Firstly, they will be called to under-study the class until the instructor find them ready, they will then be put on to head simple stuffs, say for example “ the 4 basic salsa steps” and from there access whether the trainee instructor is ready.

However, an instructor is also just as important to motivate, inspire, and guide along the way as learning usually is tough on one's own. Therefore, most people think if he/she is under a better instructor, the quicker you will learn and the more enjoyment you will get out of your dancing. With a not so good instructor you may not be happy with your progress and may not find yourself improving as much.

One other factor that people have is the price. The price rate does not determine the quality of an instructor. Although some instructors who gain a good reputation may match their demand with an equivalent price, the more expensive instructor is not necessarily better. Sometimes people would choose to take classes from people they inspire as they feel more motivated or they enjoy their class.

No matter wad it comes down to, you can give the best teacher to the worst student and its useless but give a decent teacher to a very good student (hardworking, not necessarily genius/natural talent etc), and you’ll see the student surpass the teacher as most of the time the student plays a part in the active learning as well.

In conclusion, both system and instructor have an active role to play in helping the student improve and to some extend everything should be balanced. The system and instructor should both balance each other.

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Starlinn Actfa DanceSTARLINN CHOO YANQING joined the SFDF program in 2004 while studying in NUS, training 12 hours a day; she completed her SFDF, Diploma & IHDC courses in 3 years, using her teaching income to finance her classes in Diploma & IHDC. In 2008 she pursued her IMDC Dance Business & is now doing her 3 years IPHDC Dance Product Research. While pursuing her IHDC she was already traveling around the world for assignments. more

Bianca Actfa DanceBIANCA enrolled in the SFDF course after A-levels. Within 6 months she was dancing as a backup dancer for MTV. She has also traveled to many countries like Germany, UK, Taiwan & Hong Kong to teach & perform, & was offered a position to dance in a few Musical plays. 

 Libin Actfa DanceLB, a masters degree holder working for a MNC, decided to do a career switch after he completed his SFDF. He then worked as an International Sales Manager in dance products, an international artist & dance instructor. He is the Singapore Bachata Champion 2008 and the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship behind Serge and Polina from Russia in 2010. more

manfred Actfa DanceMANGGOH was one of the elite few selected for the Mediacorp Dance Academy in 2000. He graduated from NTU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and used to work as a Project Manager in the IT Industry. He passed his examination & evaluation for SFDF and is currently doing his Diploma & IHDC. more

maricel Actfa DanceMARICEL, a professional dancer from the Philippines, joined SFDF in 2009. In less than a year, she has performed at the Esplanade Da:ns Festival 2009, Salsa Cruise Asia 2009, & has also been to China to teach & perform. In 2010 she was offered a full time dance instructor job in Singapore. She has since gone on to set up a dance studio in the Philippines and comes back periodically to upgrade her skills.

rachel Actfa DanceRACHEL an undergraduate in NTU joined the SFDF in 2010 and was offered to open a dance studio in China.  She has taught and performed in Guang Zhou, Shen Zhen, Hong Kong, Singapore.

 derrick actfa danceDERRICK has over 20 years of dance instructor experience with more than 30 types of dance. He was granted an exemption from SFDF after taking an examination & evaluation and signed up for the diploma & IHDC simultaneously.

tamil actfa danceTAMIL, a professional dancer & teacher actively involved in competitions & performances for Hip Hop, Bollywood, Indian Dance. He was teaching dance in secondary school and choreographing for SYF. He joined the IHDC program to further his training as a dancer & teacher in 2009.  Since joining the IHDC, he has taught, performed & competed in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan.

brenda actfa danceBRENDA joined the SFDF when she was 13 years old and was hired to teach and perform both locally and overseas after 6 months. She was also financing her own dance study while teaching private dance classes.  Under the SFDF, she was the 1st runner up in the Asia Salsa Championship 2010 and Singapore Bachata Champion 2009.  She was given opportunities to teach in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China.

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