"It frustrates me that a lot of intructors doesn't teach the right way." "Their students are all over the place without a clue dancing."
We got into a deep technical discussion and on how careful a student must choose a dance teacher.
I've known this individual for many years as a popular dance teacher, and I was fortunate enough to have shared my bachata expertise with him.
"I don't want you to teach me fancy moves or patterns...I want you to teach me real authentic bachata concepts, and I'll take care of the rest."
So for one hour, I shared with him the way the "side to side" steps had been misrepresented for many years - where the side-to-side steps actually came from...and why the Dominicans don't really do such technique.
And for the 2nd hour, I've shared on why "bachata dominican" STATIONARY STEPS is the first and foremost main core for the entire dance, and why all movements should be coming from tat one technique alone; the very foundation of bachata steps.
After 3 hours with one break, he will never take any private lessons with me again - No need, he learned the core movement. Furthermore, he learned the "what, why, when where and how" of the core movements.
The trouble with so-called dance teachers nowadays are their inability to convey a philosophy that the Basic Fundamental Moves are actually the advanced moves.
A short while ago, I got an email from a teacher overseas expressing to me a similar frustrations...I responded by saying, "It is unfortunate that the majority of teachers nowadays aren't adhering to such principles. My impression is that they were never trained the right way in the first place. And maybe, the "money making scheme" overcame the artist and the art. And of course, the weak foundation had been more evident than ever in the dance scene nowadays...this is why I started campaigning "How Bachata is Danced" Series, and re-preaching looking at Fundamentals in an advanced scientific manner."
"Before I learned the art, a punch was just a punch, and a kick, just a kick.After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick, no longer a kick.Now that I understand the art, a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick." - Bruce Lee