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1. Within the tango community I am a (choose as many as like) [This is the first question for Effective Teaching Methods.]:
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Leader
52.5%269
Follower
55.1%282
Student
56.4%289
Teacher
27.5%141
DJ
15.0%77
Promoter/Organizer
18.4%94
Vendor
1.4%7
Observer
13.9%71

2. I've been dancing tango for...
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less then one year.
17.2%88
between 1 and 2 years.
17.2%88
between 2 and 3 years.
11.5%59
between 3 and 4 years.
9.4%48
between 4 and 5 years.
7.0%36
greater then 5 years.
37.7%193

3. When you were a beginner, what TEACHER QUALITIES were most important to you for successfully learning tango?
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Very Important
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Extremely Important!
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Patience.0.4% (2)3.3% (15)14.7% (66)40.9% (184)40.7% (183)4.18450
Good dancer.0.0% (0)1.8% (8)17.5% (78)44.6% (199)36.1% (161)4.15446
Understood the mechanics of tango.0.0% (0)0.7% (3)3.6% (16)33.9% (152)61.8% (277)4.57448
Funny and entertaining.4.4% (20)19.6% (88)43.1% (194)26.4% (119)6.4% (29)3.11450
Non-judgemental.2.0% (9)8.1% (36)23.1% (103)33.0% (147)33.7% (150)3.88445
Danced with you during the class.1.3% (6)12.3% (55)27.0% (121)33.9% (152)25.4% (114)3.70448
Encouraging.0.7% (3)2.2% (10)12.7% (57)42.2% (189)42.2% (189)4.23448
Methodical and organized.0.2% (1)3.8% (17)20.9% (94)47.9% (215)27.2% (122)3.98449
Spent time explaining the "culture" of tango.2.9% (13)20.3% (90)36.8% (163)33.2% (147)6.8% (30)3.21443
Good listener and observer (empathetic).0.2% (1)4.1% (18)17.4% (77)42.7% (189)35.7% (158)4.09443
Good communication skills.0.0% (0)0.7% (3)5.8% (26)36.5% (163)57.0% (255)4.50447
Flexible and creative in the classroom.0.9% (4)5.2% (23)25.3% (112)45.2% (200)23.3% (103)3.85442
Knew your name.9.4% (42)26.3% (117)34.2% (152)21.1% (94)9.0% (40)2.94445

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.)
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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.
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No, Never!
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Probably Not
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If there's time
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Yes, Probably
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Absolutely!
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Timing and rhythm.0.5% (2)3.2% (13)16.2% (65)34.7% (139)45.4% (182)4.21401
Musicality.2.0% (8)9.9% (40)23.3% (94)32.4% (131)32.4% (131)3.83404
Disassociation in rotation between shoulders and hips.2.8% (11)15.1% (60)19.6% (78)31.7% (126)30.9% (123)3.73398
Pauses.2.3% (9)7.3% (29)18.5% (73)36.7% (145)35.2% (139)3.95395
Navigation.0.5% (2)6.6% (26)13.4% (53)31.3% (124)48.2% (191)4.20396
Techniques for Leading.0.3% (1)1.8% (7)6.0% (24)30.1% (120)61.9% (247)4.52399
Techniques for Following.0.0% (0)1.5% (6)8.2% (32)29.1% (114)61.2% (240)4.50392
Open Embrace.3.0% (12)8.3% (33)13.6% (54)34.6% (137)40.4% (160)4.01396
Close Embrace (Apilado).8.7% (34)19.1% (75)21.7% (85)28.6% (112)21.9% (86)3.36392
Close Embrace (V-Shape).7.9% (31)29.2% (115)25.9% (102)24.9% (98)12.2% (48)3.04394
Embellishments.29.8% (118)37.4% (148)23.7% (94)6.3% (25)2.8% (11)2.15396
Improvisation.12.6% (50)27.0% (107)22.2% (88)23.0% (91)15.2% (60)3.01396
Balance.0.0% (0)1.2% (5)7.2% (29)28.0% (113)63.6% (257)4.54404
Etiquette.0.5% (2)3.5% (14)14.4% (58)33.5% (135)48.1% (194)4.25403
History of Tango.4.0% (16)22.2% (88)43.6% (173)22.7% (90)7.6% (30)3.08397
Milonga (the dance).17.8% (70)35.4% (139)27.5% (108)13.0% (51)6.4% (25)2.55393
Vals.13.5% (52)36.7% (141)32.8% (126)13.3% (51)3.6% (14)2.57384
Overcoming the emotional hurdle of close embrace.6.3% (25)17.7% (70)25.5% (101)31.6% (125)18.9% (75)3.39396
Posture.0.7% (3)0.7% (3)2.0% (8)22.0% (89)74.5% (301)4.69404
Maintaining one's axis.0.2% (1)1.5% (6)6.2% (25)25.3% (102)66.7% (269)4.57403
Technique for walking backward.1.2% (5)2.2% (9)3.2% (13)23.8% (96)69.5% (280)4.58403
Technique for walking forward.0.2% (1)1.5% (6)4.4% (18)21.7% (88)72.1% (292)4.64405
Contra body motion.5.9% (23)21.6% (84)25.4% (99)22.9% (89)24.2% (94)3.38389
Maintaining line of dance.0.5% (2)1.5% (6)10.8% (43)27.0% (108)60.3% (241)4.45400
Collecting the feet.0.5% (2)2.2% (9)6.2% (25)28.1% (113)62.9% (253)4.51402
Followers should wait for the lead (not anticipate).0.2% (1)0.5% (2)2.2% (9)18.5% (75)78.5% (318)4.75405
Leaders should wait for the follow to complete her step before leading another.0.0% (0)1.3% (5)5.0% (20)29.1% (116)64.7% (258)4.57399

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.)
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7. In your first tango class for BEGINNERS, which of the following specific elements were or should have been been taught and emphasized more.
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No Never.
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Probably Not
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If There's Time
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Probably Yes
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Absolutely
Rating
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Walking in place (marking time).2.7% (10)3.4% (13)5.3% (20)19.4% (73)69.2% (261)4.49377
Walking forward and backward.0.3% (1)1.6% (6)2.1% (8)12.4% (47)83.6% (317)4.78379
Forward ochos.11.1% (41)18.4% (68)21.4% (79)25.2% (93)23.8% (88)3.32369
Back ochos.8.4% (31)13.9% (51)14.9% (55)27.4% (101)35.3% (130)3.67368
Eight count basic.19.0% (71)21.2% (79)13.4% (50)19.0% (71)27.3% (102)3.14373
Ocho cortado.15.2% (55)21.5% (78)27.5% (100)22.0% (80)13.8% (50)2.98363
Check left turn.7.2% (25)12.7% (44)27.4% (95)28.0% (97)24.8% (86)3.50347
Side steps.1.6% (6)4.5% (17)7.7% (29)32.7% (124)53.6% (203)4.32379
Salida.8.3% (29)17.2% (60)21.5% (75)24.9% (87)28.1% (98)3.47349
Crusada.5.8% (21)12.3% (44)15.3% (55)25.6% (92)40.9% (147)3.84359
Resolution.5.3% (18)15.8% (54)20.2% (69)32.2% (110)26.6% (91)3.59342
Molinetes.18.4% (67)27.1% (99)21.1% (77)18.1% (66)15.3% (56)2.85365
Walking in the cross-foot system.7.9% (29)16.3% (60)20.7% (76)24.0% (88)31.1% (114)3.54367

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.)
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9. Which of the following teaching techniques do you think were the most effective in your first ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S class.
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Average Worth
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Good Idea
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Extremely Worthwhile!
Rating
Average
Rating
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Having the follows dance with their eyes closed.3.5% (13)10.8% (40)18.6% (69)34.6% (128)32.4% (120)3.82370
Having men lead men.8.1% (29)19.8% (71)24.6% (88)30.4% (109)17.0% (61)3.28358
Having women lead women.9.9% (35)23.4% (83)33.1% (117)24.9% (88)8.8% (31)2.99354
Having women lead men.11.8% (42)24.6% (88)21.8% (78)29.7% (106)12.0% (43)3.06357
Practice hugging each other.10.2% (37)18.1% (66)22.5% (82)29.7% (108)19.5% (71)3.30364
Separating leaders/followers and teaching each group seperately.5.5% (20)18.5% (67)30.4% (110)31.2% (113)14.4% (52)3.30362
Doing walking exercises in solo position (no partner).0.5% (2)4.0% (15)19.6% (73)32.7% (122)43.2% (161)4.14373
Clapping to the beat.3.0% (11)10.4% (38)28.7% (105)34.4% (126)23.5% (86)3.65366
Follow/lead visually without touching each other.5.5% (20)12.3% (45)19.7% (72)38.0% (139)24.6% (90)3.64366
Asking students to demo and then critiquing them in front of the class.26.6% (97)44.7% (163)19.2% (70)8.5% (31)1.1% (4)2.13365
Changing partners often.0.0% (0)3.7% (14)13.1% (49)34.5% (129)48.7% (182)4.28374
Walking around during group practice time and critiquing students individually.2.1% (8)2.7% (10)9.9% (37)27.7% (104)57.6% (216)4.36375
Demonstrating with partner slowly while students follow along.1.1% (4)5.1% (19)15.3% (57)37.3% (139)41.3% (154)4.13373

10. In your experience as a beginning student, what additional teaching techniques not listed above did you find were extremely effective and worhwhile?
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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).
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Traditional "Golden Age" tango.
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 71.1323,686333
Post Traditional "Golden Age" tango.
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 25.596,552256
Other (non-tango or tango).
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 16.733,362201

12. If you answered "Other", please identify...
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13. What additional thoughts, ideas, suggestions etc not discussed in previous questions did you find highly effective in learning to dance Argentine Tango?
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