Imagine being a dance teacher who does not look for students but has students looking for you! Never before has there been such a comprehensive, richly detailed resource for the art and science of teaching ballroom dancing. With this one of a kind book, you’ll develop the confidence and professionalism to quickly and easily go from being a good teacher to a GREAT one, and gain the skills needed to skyrocket your career.
With this book you will:
- Learn a clear, precise system for easily teaching and reviewing figures
- Confidently teach dance frames, lead and follow, and connection
- Motivate and excite your students about the world of competitions, showcases and medal tests
- Discover the keys to teaching Latin hip action and arm styling
- Learn how music is constructed and how it relates to the different ballroom dances
- Master techniques for teaching posture, coordination and body-awareness
- Learn the interpersonal skills for nurturing long-term, healthy teacher/student relationships
- Become versed in a comfortable, customer-focused approach to selling dance lessons
- Master the vocabulary and technical elements essential for teaching and certification
- Incorporate excellent methods for teaching beginners and wedding couples
- Greatly improve your own technique, whether or not you dance competitively
Teach Like a Pro is the official textbook of the Ballroom Dance Teachers College training program and contains invaluable supplemental material in conjunction with our Salesfree Sales seminars, certification training and for those soliciting business consulting services in the field of ballroom dance.
Diane Jarmolow created and founded the Ballroom Dance Teachers College training program, now used in over 60 institutions throughout the world. She is a DVIDA® National Examiner, having originated their innovative system of professional certification.
Here are a few pages from ‘Teach Like a Pro’ for you to sample!
Review of Teach Like a Pro
A Must-Have Book for All Ballroom Dance Teachers and Studio Owners
Reviewed by Kevin Fee
Teach Like a Pro: The Ultimate Guide for Ballroom Dance Instructors is the roadmap for every ballroom dance teacher, from the aspiring new teacher to the seasoned pro.
Teach Like a Pro is the only book I have ever found that provides a comprehensive, detailed look at the “art” of teaching ballroom from a teacher’s perspective. In my view, the challenge for ballroom dance teachers is to transform an inherently subjective art into a more objective and practical science. Teach Like a Pro does this by addressing every aspect of teaching and providing the proven methods for teaching ballroom dancing at the highest level possible. As an experienced ballroom dance teacher, Teach Like a Pro gave validation to some of the methods I had developed over the years, mostly through trial and error. But much more importantly, the book taught me many new methods that I have successfully used with my students to bring their dancing to a higher level. The response from my students has been nothing short of phenomenal. And in the process, my own dance instruction has risen to a higher level as well. Teach Like a Pro is now the cornerstone for my studio instruction (oh, how I wish this book had available when I first opened my studio!).
In additions to all the amazing instructional aspects, Teach Like a Pro contains many other valuable resources for teaching. Here are a few that I found particularly helpful:
- Arm Styling—This section is an excellent read and includes a synopsis of the various arm positions in ballet. Over the years, I have received several lessons in arm styling, but each lesson referenced a different source—Russian, French, Cecchetti—which left me confused. So Teach Like a Pro’s logical presentation of arm styling, complete with pictures, was incredibly welcome.
- Competitions—I was inspired by the section on taking students to competitions. While I have attended many competitions over the years as a spectator, I did not fully understand the labyrinth of categories and protocols that comprise that world. After reading Teach Like a Pro’s thorough summary, competitions seemed so much more approachable. I am now planning to join the competitive world in the very near future!
- Technical Dance Elements—Even if you are experienced at reading dance manuals, the depth and details in Teach Like a Pro will give you a totally new understanding of each dance element. I have found that this knowledge translates to everything from improved teaching to faster professional certification.
In summary, this book has transformed my lesson approach, delighted my students, and made me rethink my business. If you are interested in being successful as a ballroom dance teacher or studio owner, this is a must-have book!
Kevin Fee is a professionally certified ballroom dance instructor and the studio owner of Dance Harmony in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania. He has been an avid social dancer for decades, a dance teacher since 1994, and a studio owner since 2005.
Heather Smith, 5-time US Standard Champion –
I was blown away. Everyone should have a copy.
Kasia Kozak, Rising Star Latin Champion at Blackpool –
A must have for every instructor.
David Weise, 2001 US Rising Star Smooth Champion –
Where in the world has this been? I can’t imagine running a dance business without it.
Brian Wells, President, Starliters Dance Studio –
This is the most thorough and precise ballroom dance book I have ever read. I have been teaching ballroom dancing for over 25 years and thought I knew everything—I was wrong. I wish this book had been around when I first started teaching. It would have saved me a whole lot of time and money. This book is an absolute must whether you are just starting out in the dance business or have been teaching for many years like myself.
Kathy Babcock, Certified Instructor, Step by Step School of Ballroom Dance –
I am getting so much out of your book—little details, good advice, helpful definitions, concise ways to explain technique, new ideas and an expanded vision. Thank you for gathering this wealth of information into one well-organized, clearly written book that can be read again and again.
Kevin Fee, Owner/Instructor, Dance Harmony –
Teach Like a Pro (TLP) is the only book I have ever found that provides a comprehensive, detailed look at the “art” of teaching ballroom from a teacher’s perspective. I have utilized many of the methods in TLP to bring my students’ dancing to a higher level—not to mention bring my own dance instruction to a higher level! I have several favorite chapters, including the one on competitions. While I have attended many competitions over the years as a spectator, I did not fully understand the labyrinth of categories and protocols that comprise that world. After reading TLP’s concise summary of competitions, they felt so much more approachable that I am now planning to join the competitive world.
In summary, this book has transformed my lesson approach, delighted my students, and made me rethink my business. If you are interested in being a successful ballroom dance teacher or studio owner, you must read this book.
Michael Mead, 4-time US Smooth Champion –
Although Diane Jarmolow’s book is titled Teach Like A Pro, it is an invaluable resource for ballroom dance enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you are a beginner exploring your first steps, a new teacher or a top professional instructor, I guarantee you will find information in this book that will help you become a better dancer, teacher, or studio owner.
The book is exceptionally well written, and easy to read and understand. The comprehensive scope of the information in Teach Like A Pro makes it the most complete book on Ballroom dancing I have come across to date. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
P.S. Buy your own copy because I am not going to be lending you mine!
Rachel Damiani –
Love love love this book!
This week in my lessons I’m practicing the format for teaching figures presented in the book. It’s really making me feel prepared for my lessons and confident in my teaching.
And there are dozens more tools in the book I haven’t touched. I’m overwhelmed with possibilities but excited too!