Please answer the following survey from your perspective as a BEGINNING TANGO STUDENT! If you are not a beginner, (but are in fact an advanced tango dancer or are a tango teacher)... think back and put your self in the mind set of when you were first learning to dance tango! (There are 13 questions in this survey.)

* 1. Within the tango community I am a (choose as many as like) [This is the first question for Effective Teaching Methods.]:

* 2. I've been dancing tango for...

* 3. When you were a beginner, what TEACHER QUALITIES were most important to you for successfully learning tango?

Not Very
Very Important
Extremely Important!
Flexible and creative in the classroom.
Methodical and organized.
Danced with you during the class.
Good listener and observer (empathetic).
Knew your name.
Understood the mechanics of tango.
Good communication skills.
Good dancer.
Funny and entertaining.
Spent time explaining the "culture" of tango.

* 4. In your personal experience, what additional teacher qualities not listed above did you find to be most effective?
(Feel free to expand and/or clarify any of the qualities listed above.)

* 5. In your very first 6-8 week group class for ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S, what general concepts and principles
were, or should have been, taught, emphasized and practiced.

No, Never!
Probably Not
If there's time
Yes, Probably
Close Embrace (V-Shape).
Timing and rhythm.
Technique for walking forward.
Contra body motion.
Followers should wait for the lead (not anticipate).
Close Embrace (Apilado).
History of Tango.
Milonga (the dance).
Leaders should wait for the follow to complete her step before leading another.
Collecting the feet.
Maintaining line of dance.
Disassociation in rotation between shoulders and hips.
Maintaining one's axis.
Technique for walking backward.
Techniques for Leading.
Techniques for Following.
Overcoming the emotional hurdle of close embrace.
Open Embrace.

* 6. In your experience as a beginning student, what additional concepts and principles not listed above did you find to be most effective?
(Again, feel free to expand or clarify any topic already listed above.)

* 7. In your first tango class for BEGINNERS, which of the following specific elements were or should have been been taught and emphasized more.

No Never.
Probably Not
If There's Time
Probably Yes
Eight count basic.
Back ochos.
Ocho cortado.
Walking forward and backward.
Check left turn.
Walking in the cross-foot system.
Walking in place (marking time).
Forward ochos.
Side steps.

* 8. In your personal experience as a beginner student, what specific element not listed above should also be taught to absolute beginners?
(Also, feel free to expand on any of the topics listed above.)

* 9. Which of the following teaching techniques do you think were the most effective in your first ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S class.

Not Helpful
Average Worth
Good Idea
Extremely Worthwhile!
Having women lead men.
Having men lead men.
Having women lead women.
Changing partners often.
Asking students to demo and then critiquing them in front of the class.
Doing walking exercises in solo position (no partner).
Having the follows dance with their eyes closed.
Practice hugging each other.
Clapping to the beat.
Walking around during group practice time and critiquing students individually.
Follow/lead visually without touching each other.
Demonstrating with partner slowly while students follow along.
Separating leaders/followers and teaching each group seperately.

* 10. In your experience as a beginning student, what additional teaching techniques not listed above did you find were extremely effective and worhwhile?

* 11. For ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S CLASS, what style music do you think is most effective for learning Argentine tango.
Give answer as a percentage. (Total must be 100).

* 12. If you answered "Other", please identify...

* 13. What additional thoughts, ideas, suggestions etc not discussed in previous questions did you find highly effective in learning to dance Argentine

Thank you for completing this survey.

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