19 July 2014

Sister Studio Survey part 2

Sister Studio Survey part 2

Hi everyone, Terri here again.  In my previous note about the Sister Studio Survey, I shared information with you about the survey results.  The survey was extremely helpful to us at FCBD®.  Thank you to the Sister Studios for taking time to complete it.  We take your input very seriously and have been working hard since we got the results this winter to provide you with new opportunities for continued training and to develop responses to your requests. 

I am going to go bullet by bullet to tell you how we are responding to your feedback!

You told us what you wanted FCBD® to do to support you in your TEACHING.  You made the following suggestions:

Offer online classes
If you haven’t heard about the Powhow classes yet, then you have to visit the FatChanceBellyDance® Studio on Powhow right now! We have published Level 1 and Level 2 classes and Monthly Membership packages.  We are working on adding Level 3 classes and a Level 3 Monthly Membership.  Share your ideas with us at fcbd@fcbd.com if there is a particular class you are looking for.  We want to bring the FCBD® studio to YOU!

Ability to video classes of yourself teaching and have them critiqued
Many of you are interested in having feedback on your teaching skills.  Carolena has always offered this in her 1:1 sessions, but maybe we haven’t always been clear that you could meet with her for that kind of feedback.  Carolena loves helping you with your teaching skills.  You can schedule a private lesson with her via Powhow

More FCBD® workshops in Europe
Since Carolena has been staying a bit closer to home, trying only to travel once a month, FCBD® instructors are making their rounds across the world.  Please let us know if you want to schedule a workshop by emailing fcbd@fcbd.com.  Additionally, Carolena and Megha will be offering 2 international General Skills and Teacher Training Intensives annually.   Finally, Megha is interested in travelling to Europe primarily in the summer months to teach.  Please let us know if you would like her to come for your event.

Specialty training for SS
Carolena and Megha have created several new programs for advanced training for Sister Studios.  Visit the Tribal Pura Int'l web site to find all of the details.

Workshops geared toward teachers
Nearly 100% of the Sister Studios are currently teaching.  Many of you asked for help with teaching whether 1:1 feedback, workshops or an annual conference.   We are responding to your request in several ways.  First, Megha will be offering a “Teaching Tips” blog.  You can ask her your questions (anonymously if you wish) and she will respond in her column.  Additionally, Carolena will be creating more workshops that allow you to explore teaching dynamics.  Finally, now that we have an annual conference established (ATS® Homecoming), we will add workshops addressed at helping dancers become better teachers.

Instructional books like new companion guide
Carolena is delighted to get such positive feedback on the first companion guide, American Tribal Style® Classic, Vol. 1.  More are on the way!

Advanced skills training
Carolena has been pretty public about her support for this idea.  You have been quite emphatic about wanting advanced training.  Check our web site for more details about the new Advanced Teacher Training.


Alicia Foodycat said...

I am very happy to hear about these developments - particularly the continuing professional development for sister studios. I am extremely lucky to have weekly classes with Philippa Moirai, but having taken workshops with other sister studios in the UK I know that her standard of teaching is not always reflected elsewhere in the country. I think this is all very exciting and is going to be great for ATS.

Jenn Kasper said...

This is all so exciting! Thank you!

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